Hickey, The Naked Cult of

Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1994–1998
Labels Probe Records, Poverty Records
Associated acts Fuckboyz, Schleprock, Agalloch, Ludicra, Yogurt, The Unit Breed
Members Matty Luv
Dwight Trash

Hickey was a melodic punk band from San Francisco's Mission District, the band recorded, released and distributed their own music. Elaborate and very personal artwork was the style used for the band's records.

Founding members

Founding members Matty Luv (guitar, vocals) and Aesop (drums) were members of the Florida punk rock band Fuckboyz. Bass player Chubby had previously been in the band Schleprock.


Hickey recorded their first 7" EP, Us vs. Them within a month of forming, and released it soon afterwards. The band quickly became a part of the Probe Records/zine scene. Probe included them on a few compilations. Later, Hickey made 7" records with bands such as All You Can Eat, Fuckface and V.B.F.

Bass player Chubby left Hickey in 1997, and was replaced by Dwight Trash. The band went on to record another LP, as well as the Hickey/Voodoo Glow Skulls split 7", both for Probe Records. Hickey called it quits in 1998, refusing to contribute any new material for a proposed split with Screeching Weasel, and handing their last recording, "Robots Never Cry," over to trend is dead! records for the Worse Than Alternative It's Another Punk Comp CD.

The original Hickey line-up of Matty, Chubby and Aesop re-united and soon began recording a plethora of new material as Yogurt, almost all of which remains unreleased. Yogurt was essentially an experimental recording outlet for the band, and dissolved after Matty Luv's death on October 5, 2002. 9 Yogurt songs appear on the All Seeing Monotony split CD (Nothing Enterprises).

Matty Luv died of a heroin overdose on October 5, 2002.

Aesop currently plays drums with Ludicra and Agalloch.

Before Matty's death he played guitar in the bands Miami and Unit Breed.

1-2-3-4 Go! Records is re-releasing the two out-of-print full length the band released; the S/T full length (originally on Probe Records) and Various States of Disrepair (singles and comp track compilation, re-released once before in 2002 on defunct independent S.P.A.M. Records). Various States of Disrepair will be issued as a 2xLP with 9 songs that were not on the original. Including the previously unreleased "Lady Naugahyde" and an unheard alternate version of "The Naked Cult". All songs have been remastered and taken from as many of the original tapes as were available. The album is set for release March 20th, 2012

Voodoo Glow Skulls controversy

Probe records released a 7" which was made to look as if it were a split between Hickey and the Voodoo Glow Skulls. On one side of the 7" was the Hickey song "Food Stamps and Drink Tickets" and the other side members of Hickey played the trumpet that was stolen from Voodoo Glow Skulls over the answering machine messages left by Voodoo Glow Skulls members and Epitaph Records employees demanding the return of the instrument. The 7" also falsely had the Epitaph Records logo on the back as Epitaph had no official part in the release.

According to the zine included with the 7", the two bands played together at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona. Matty Luv, singer of Hickey, made disparaging remarks about Epitaph Records and the commercialization of punk. After members of both bands had a confrontation, the Voodoo Glow Skulls convinced the venue owner to eject Hickey without pay. In response, Hickey stole the trumpet in question out of the Voodoo Glow Skulls van.

After receiving threatening messages on their answering machine, Hickey filled the trumpet with pudding and returned it.


Full lengths

  • Hickey (1995) Probe Records
  • Various States of Disrepair: Complete Works 1994–1996 (1997) Poverty Records, (2001) S.P.A.M Records, (2012) 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Extended plays

  • Us Vs. Them (1995) Truth About Fonzie Records
  • Art, Messianism & Crime (1995) Last Resort Records
  • Gaia (199?) Little Deputy Records

Split releases

  • All You Can Eat/Hickey – Banana Split (1995) Monitor Records
  • Hickey/Viejos Bien Feos (1996) Yucky Bus Records
  • Fuckface/Hickey (1996) Shapunk Records
  • Hickey/Voodoo Glow Skulls (1997) Probe Records

Compilation appearances

  • This Ain't No Fucking Melodic Punk (1995) Probe Records – "Cool Kids Attacked By Flying Monkeys"
  • Group Therapy Explosion... (1995) Slow to Burn Records – "My Last Night on the Planet" (live)
  • Frontline Foundation (1995) Loony Bin Records – "Happily Ever After"
  • Back Asswards (1996) Interbang Records – "Food Stamps and Drink Tickets" (alternate version)
  • Scene Through My Eyes (1997) Shapunk Records – "The Export of Coffee..." (live)
  • Viva La Vinyl Volume 2 (1997) Deadbeat Records – "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
  • Mission Accomplished (1997) Dill Records – "Hickey Blvd."
  • Death to False Metal (1997) Probe Records – "Kingdom Come" (Manowar cover)
  • Joey Vindictive Presents That Was Now, This Is Then (1997) VML Records – "American In Me" (The Avengers cover)
  • Worse Than Alternative: It's Another Punk Comp (1999) Trend Is Dead! Records – "Robots Never Cry"

External links

  • [1] Matty Luv R.I.P. site, includes Hickey info
  • 1-2-3-4 Go! Records-reissuing Hickey records
  • SF Weekly, October 2002
  • eMusic's 17dots.com
  • The Arkansas Traveler writes about Hickey, October 2006
  • Thrasher Magazine interview, 2004
  • Thrasher Magazine, January 2004, despite the fact that he died in 2002
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