Fang is an influential San Francisco Bay Area / Long Beach based band established 1980 in the hardcore scene of Berkeley, CA. Current line up is original front man Sam McBride (Sammytown) on vocals along with Obadiah Bowling and Tommy Knox on guitar, bass player Brandon Brown and drummer Mike 86.
Among the leaders in the West Coast’s hardcore scene, Fang has influenced many bands and many high-profile bands have covered Fang material. Mudhoney, the Butthole Surfers, Metallica, and Nirvana all covered The Money Will Roll Right In, and I Wanna Be On TV was covered by Green Day. Founding guitarist Tom Flynn‘s distinct guitar playing has also influenced many followers, including those in the grunge genre.
And while we can’t claim Fang is the ‘hardest working band in show biz’, we do know that they are one of the most enduring and productive hardcore bands ever!
Sammytown and Fang were also profiled in the documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.
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