"Probably best known as Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's
original band (he was the drummer), and also home to future Accused
frontman Blaine Cook, the Fartz were one of Seattle's
hardcore punk outfits, attacking governmental and religious
corruption, racism, sexism, poverty, and the like. The band's
original lineup included vocalist Cook (under the name "Blaine
Fart"), guitarist Paul Solger, bassist Steve, and drummer Loud Fart,
who was eventually replaced by McKagan. Few Seattle clubs were
willing to book hardcore acts during the band's short lifespan, so
the Fartz often found themselves scrambling for any exposure or
opportunities to perform.
The Fartz's first record release came with
a self-issued 7" EP in 1981; Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles
label put out the Because This Fuckin' World Stinks EP later that
year. The band's first full-length album, World Full of Hate,
appeared in 1982, but even in spite of modest success overseas (one
single reached the Top Ten on the NME's alternative chart), the
frustration with Seattle's lack of opportunity took its toll. After
the group broke up, Blaine Cook formed the Accused in 1984, while
McKagan moved on to 10 Minute Warning and eventually Guns N' Roses.
In 1998, Alternative Tentacles issued a thorough retrospective of
the group entitled Because This Fuckin' World Still Stinks."
Huey, All Music Guide