CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) Biography

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Deron Miller - guitar, vocals | Chad Ginsburg - guitar
Jess Margera - drums | Vern Zaborowski - bass

"All we ever wanted was an answer" - "96 Quite Bitter Beings"

"Our fans are pretty much the antisociety, just waiting for the change," says guitarist Chad Ginsburg. "They know everything sucks, and they're not afraid to say it. They're not buying records. They're the most sarcastic and objective fuckers out there. They've just been taught that everything has been blown out of proportion and is pretty stupid, if you take a second to look at it."

On the surface, such disenchantment might suggest that CKY are on the rage rock bandwagon and digging the ride - after all, it's hip to be pissed - and their tremendous credibility in skate circles conjures images of "pop punks with a poo-poo pee-pee mentality." However, these preconceptions dissipate in the first measures of "96 Quite Bitter Beings," the opening track from the band's debut disc, Volume 1. The song's main riff is a scornful, detuned calliope to CKY's circus of discontent; heavy, but sufficiently deficient of the Kornabee tendency to rage without reason. Therein lies CKY's philosophy: eclipse and destroy flaccid, carbon copy entertainment and snore-rock via a unique sound, acute wit, and hardcore work ethic. Resurrect music at its purest and most creative by changing the sound, the perspective, and the landscape -
reestablish passion as the priority. But for such revolution to occur, there must be an evolution. Let's moonwalk back a few years...

In 1998, Deron Miller and Jess Margera, as the "neo-technical death metal" band, Foreign Objects, met Ginsburg while recording a CD at local Philly studio, where the producer/guitarist worked. They played a rough demo of what would become "Disengage the Simulator" from Volume 1, and Ginsburg was floored. "Fuck yeah, I'll work with you, because I was so sick of recording crappy punk bands and rap-rock. I knew that they had potential." Motivated by their disdain for the current state of music, the trio got to work, fleshing out some killer riffs and, in short order, Volume 1 was completed. Then things started to happen.

Margera's brother, Bam, a pro skateboarder, had appeared in skateboard manufacturer Toy Machine's popular Jumping Off A Building video, which featured CKY's song, "Genesis12a." Interest in the band's apocalyptic, quirky, neo-progressive rock spiked with the video's popularity, and in 1999, Landspeed Wheels released Landspeed: cKy, a compilation of Bam's comic vignettes and skate segments, which featured CKY's music as the soundtrack. A flood of orders for Volume 1 (and Volume 2, a two-disc collection of outtakes and prank phone calls) ensued, and the band scrambled to keep up with the demand. They had become celebrities in skate circles, landing slots on the 1999 and 2000 VansTM Warped Tour (only to be booted for protesting vendor prices) and acquiring momentum. CKY websites appeared on the Internet like a case of poison ivy, and attendance at shows swelled dramatically.

In February, Ryan Bruni, strictly a live bassist, was unceremoniously booted from the band, forcing Ginsburg to assume bass duties for a summer Canadian tour (at least until July Warp 2000, when the band lured bassist Vern Zaborowski into the fold) and a third Bam/CKY film, CKY2K, was released.It was even more successful, attracting MTV, who approached Bam about doing a show for them. That show became the current cult sensation, Jackass, and suddenly, CKY had a video for "96 Quite Bitter Beings" (a.k.a. "The Shopping Cart Song") in rotation on MTV. "We've done things different already," says Ginsburg. "[But] we had a video on MTV with zero record deal. I don't know the last time that happened."

Naturally, with that kind of exposure, it was only a matter of time before CKY was picked up and, in April 2001, they signed with Island Records. First order of business: remaster and re-release Volume 1.

The disc, having already sold 40,000 units on word-of-mouth with little promotion and distribution, throbs with the potential to change the face of rock. The band's synergy and Chad's production talents are manifest throughout, especially on "96 Quite Bitter Beings," the driving, anti-"Must See TV" disco-ditty "The Human Drive In Hi-Fi," the jazzy, atmospheric sorta-ballad "Sara's Mask," and the vitriolic Manson-esque dirge, "Rio Bravo."

"There's a couple little mix things I did with ["Rio Bravo"]," says Chad. "But generally, the bulk of the song is the first rough mix, and the first song we recorded together. When that hit, I knew it was fuckin' the shit, 'cause I just spent a lot of time on it - we all did. I used that song to demo the studio to other bands that I recorded, like, 'dude - check out what our studio sounds like!' And the studio sucked. It's just the record we made that sounded good."

Indeed, it does. It's heavy, melodic, accessible, and above all, original. And there's not a chorus on the record. "Try to get a deal with no choruses, these days," laughs the outspoken Ginsburg, who reveals, though sing-a-long choruses are "for pussies," there will be one or two on CKY's upcoming third album, which the tireless band is already recording at Audio Resources in Honolulu. Ginsburg explains that he, Miller, Zaborowski, and Magera can't help but "always be thinking CKY and doing CKY, so here we are, doing CKY."

And by CKY, they don't mean simply the band. CKY has become a fan-driven
movement, with the band as figurehead. "Somebody made a real mistake by putting us in this industry," warns Ginsburg. "We're definitely aware that the kids hate everything that's fuckin' on MTV. They hate it all. There may be some closet kids who are hiding those records but, as far as everything that's happening right now, it's all about to crumble. Everything's being retired. CKY will take over the name of rock and roll and piss on its face, I promise."

Thanks to Chris, for submitting the biography.

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Lovechild Goes To Camp! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/25/10

I am thoroughly astonished, here, and ready for a long excursion into my latest obsession with CKY as my aural fixation. Got me hook line and splinker with 'Suddenly Tragic.' Then I just let the rest soak in and what in the hellviue provoked them to make that Contraption that was such a trip to get lost in?

I am getting the same thrill from this music at 44 that I did from Pink Floyd's Wall at 13. But now I can turn it up LOUD and shut out everyone that SHOULD just STFU anyway!

wow... | Reviewer: Abbadon | 5/16/09

Okay random to-scared-to-put-your-name guy, what kind of person are you? Are you the closeminded fuck person who listens to one song that you don't like and labels the whole band and all their albums as shit, and you know, I don't no what your problem is, but music usually keeps me from bashing my head into a wall because dumbasses like you wouldn't shut up about thing you don't know about, then go online and talk shit about that same thing and the people who go with it when a smarter person would have left it alone all together! YOU make ME sick! Not all CKY fans are just posers, unlike you who acts all tough and disses people who the only way they can release whats inside through song. Its closeminded fucks like you that make me want to grab the razor, slit my wrists, and let whats left of my life pour out with the blood thats remained in me far too long. And in your own words,"At the very least make sure you never reproduce. We don't need more stupid people breeding."

I hate you people | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/9/08

People like you are the reason people like me go to the hospital for bashing our heads against walls. You posers, you people who think you're the only ones who listen to "original" bands and "skate" and think you're the last "punk" on Earth. You make me sick.

By the way, whatever geniuses who put all those Gnarkill songs up there please hang yourself. Or at the very least make sure you never reproduce. We don't need more stupid people breeding.

huh? | Reviewer: amy | 5/21/08

hey you guys gotta listen 2 urselves once in a while... u talk a lotta crap... cky may be a good band but they aren't the "best"... no band is... each band is good and awesum in their own way... people are entitled to have an opinion... they don't have to all like cky just coz of you guys the "alliance" so what? i like cky... but i also like h.i.m, metallica and greenday... so nyah... suck on that... ;p

huh? | Reviewer: amy | 5/22/08

hey you guys gotta listen 2 urselves once in a while... cky may be a good band but they aren't the "best"... no band is... each band is good and awesum in their own way... people are entitled to have an opinion... they don't have to all like cky just coz of you guys the "alliance" so what? i like cky... but i also like h.i.m, metallica and greenday... so nyah... suck on that... ;p

CKY Alliance | Reviewer: Lyndseyyy | 7/16/07

CKY is the real deal. Their not like any of these other trend following fucks. Their make their own music, have their own sound and fuckin ROCK!!!

------ About the artist/band CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) | Reviewer: Fritzy 96 | 7/15/07

I have to agree with everyone, I have been in the CKY alliance since the band started, Even before that faggot Bam got famouse, I think its horrible that most of the Alliance are all fakes. Because im surtainly not and neither are you guys, Cant wait 4 new album 2007, Ohh yea and update the photo..

Original | Reviewer: Gypsi | 4/11/07

CKY has not got a sound REMOTELY similar to any other band. Anyone who thinks they sound like megamainstream crap like green day or maroon five is a tone deaf idiot.

fuCKYers | Reviewer: Trisha | 4/20/06

Yes i will say it again CKY is the on ly band that i know that sounds as awesome as they do live they just exceed expectations of real rock not that sissy shit you people listen to..what makes me mad is that people only listen to them "cause Bam likes them" Like come on get your own taste
"jess is bams brother" like shut up the only good thing bam does is promotes them..They have blown up to be the best band ever i insist you get tix to they're next show which might not be for a while because for you fake fans who dont read the CKY news they dropped Island Records, Which i think was a good move on they're part because Island didnt promote them to the fullest to where they should have been!

CKY... like all others.. | Reviewer: Me | 3/11/05

CKY is a decent band... but, unfortunately, they fall under all the sounds of a lot of other bands out there. If you like bands like Chevelle and Papa Roach... or seether, or HIM or yellowcard... or maroon 5.... or greenday... or well... you get the idea. They are too much like other bands for MY taste, but, decent none the less...

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