Sadly, our Graveyard is filled with brilliant artists and individuals who have shaped PIG Records and its affiliates, Ever Rat Records, Ever Rap Records, Subcore Records, PB Records, PIG Comics and Books, Subway Magazine, and PIG TV. Those eligible for the Graveyard include artists who have had their work released by any of the aforementioned entities, and others who have worked with or supported those entities.
Rob Bruce, vocalist
December 30, 1967 – July 14, 1990
Curt Bruce, guitarist
December 3, 1969 – July 14, 1990
In 1988, Curt Bruce and Brian Fritts founded the notorious band Bigtop in Everett, Washington. They were later joined by Curt’s brother Rob on vocals, Phil Bentz of The (infamous) Dehumanizers on bass, and Tom Pulley on drums. On July 14, 1990, Curt and Rob, and their girlfriends Jennifer Olive and Mayumi Paull, were on their way to Portland to attend a show by The Accüsed, when their Volkswagen was struck by a drunk driver who ran a stop sign. Tragically, all four of their young lives were taken that day. The band continued without replacing Curt. Kirk Verhey jumped in on vocals in tribute to the Bruce brothers. Bigtop appears on the PIG Records release North Sound Punx, and in the bonus material on Metal Meltdown 4.
Kevin “GG” Allin
August 29, 1956 – July 28, 1993
GG Allin’s album Anti-Social Personality Disorder – Live! was originally slated to be released by Enigma Records, but the label scrapped those plans after GG’s assault arrest. In stepped the fearless David Portnow, with his label Ever Rat Records, to ensure that musical and creative freedom prevailed.
Chibon "Chewy" Batterman
September 3, 1965 – February 17, 1996
The Return of Martha Splatterhead was originally released on David Portnow's first label, Subcore Records.
Eldon Wayne “El Duce” Hoke
March 23, 1958 – April 19, 1997
“Rest ye well my friend”
December 27, 1957 – October 6, 2002
“Hear that guitar screaming from heaven's gutter!”
Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts
November 4, 1958 – January 31, 2006
A title like "Pig Champion" is a lot to live up to. Tom Roberts, however, had no problem proving himself worthy. To this day, he holds the record for largest lead guitarist in music history, weighing in at 450 pounds. Despite his (for pansy-ass bitches) disabling girth, he toured with Poison Idea for over 20 years, released dozens of albums, and made an enormous impression on the hardcore scene. With his massive dedication, he inspired PIG Records to carry on his name, and legacy. Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts, you have made a permanent impression on the couch cushion of our souls.
September 21, 1960 – November 1, 2010
Tom Kisor was the frontman of Death Squad, an early extreme metal band from the mid-1980s. Their only two releases were on Ever Rat Records. Their debut album, Split You at the Seams, was the heaviest form of metal ever released by Ever Rat, or indeed by any Washington State label at that time. This Olympia-based quartet roared back with their second release, Driving Blind. Both albums received rave reviews, and the band is considered to be one of the earliest influences on extreme metal in Washington State, a scene which exploded in the mid-1990s. Death Squad’s albums have been reissued on PIG Records, as have the Metal Meltdown compilation albums from the same era, which now have bonus tracks from Death Squad included. Thank you, Tom, for all that you contributed to the scene.
May 18, 1966 – October 21, 2014
Shane White was a Northwest drum legend who played in such bands as the Dead City Rebels, Bloodclots, Wiseguys, and MC Stagger and the Red-Eyes on his way to becoming the drummer for Mace. Mace’s second album, The Evil in Good, was released by Ever Rat Records, immortalizing the drum sounds of Shane.
Sonnie “FlyTrap” Cozine
February 18, 1973 – July 28, 2017
Sonnie Cozine produced numerous record covers and other artwork that has yet to be published. All of it will eventually see the light of day; I will make sure of that. Sonnie spent more than three decades of his life creating art for the Northwest independent music scene, particularly for punk and metal artists. At the ripe old age of 14, his first show flyer was published. By the time he was 18, his creations included over 200 posters and several album covers, and he would continue working for the rest of his life. Sonnie designed and produced the following projects for PIG Records, among many others:
Shut the Fuck Up and Listen Volume 8 (full jacket and cover art)
Pamela Des Barres–The Dehumanizers split (repackaged)
Fresh Corn and Premium Bananas by The Dehumanizers
The Dehumanizers poster
Business cards, advertisements, and numerous PIG logos (we have hundreds)
I knew Sonnie for over three decades, but during the last two years of his life, I spoke with him daily and visited him occasionally. On a personal level, I would like to say goodbye to my great friend. On a business level, his loss has impaired PIG Records. His service was invaluable.
An adaptation of “Richard Hung Himself” by the Adolescents/D.I., in memory of the late, great Sonnie Cozine:
’Cause Sonnie hung himself
Sonnie hung himself
It happened just the other day
Jesus caught and pushed him off the shelf
He thought he’d find a better way
– David Ulysses Portnow a/k/a PIG
October 30th, 1990 - August 18th, 2018
Kyla Brown died in a car crash. She is the first female to be enshrined in the PIG Graveyard. She was a model, and graces the inside cover of PIG Records’ Shut the Fuck Up and Listen! Volume X. She was only 28 at the time of her passing. Rest ye in peace, oh young one. Thanks for filling our Graveyard with eloquence and beauty, just as you did when you were among the living!
Victor “The Mascara Snake” Haydon
August 16th, 1948 – December 7th, 2018
Victor was a rare, fascinating, multitalented individual. Under the name The Mascara Snake, he recorded and performed with Captain Beefheart, as part of Beefheart’s Magic Band, and appeared on Shut the Fuck Up and Listen II. Victor was also an integral part of the band LSD RexXx, and Director of A&R for PIG Records from the label’s inception in 2007 until his death. (Victor hand-picked Jason “Potbelly” Rodger to succeeded him Director of A&R.) PIG Records has plans to reissue the Mascara Snake and LSD RexXx recordings that it owns. Victor had a label of his own, Alchemy Records, and he broke such bands as Neurosis, Melvins, and RKL, and launched Poison Idea to the next level. He was the founder of Maximumrocknroll’s Gilman club in Berkeley, California.
Victor was also a fine visual artist. He created album covers for many of the bands he worked with, as well as for Potbelly, and for Ever Rat Records’ Senseless Death compilation (North American version). He also worked with Absolut Vodka, and some of his artwork for the company can be seen in the Absolut Museum in Sweden. “Absolut Washington” was perhaps Victor’s best-known work. He collaborated with best-selling author Pamela Des Barres on a number of projects. Victor and PIG founder David Ulysses Portnow published the book Twisting Through the Fifth World.
Sadly, Victor died as a result of injuries that he received when he was run over by a minivan. Fifty percent of his ashes are on display in Pamela’s home, while the other fifty percent keep his spirit in the mix at the offices of PIG. We hope to have his ashes exhibited in an art museum someday.
Seattle guitar hero Rontrose Heathman of the infamous Supersuckers left the building August 18th of 2020. In addition to his fame garnered through the Supersuckers, he was also well known for writing ‘Psyched Out,’ a song featured in David Zuckers’ movie ‘BASEketball’ starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, as well as composing for the TV show ‘Deadliest Catch.’ While PIG Records would like to claim ownership of the Supersuckers, one of Seattle’s greatest bands ever, we cannot! Rontrose qualifies for entrance into our graveyard for his participation on the Guns of Nevada ‘Damned & Adored’ CD which can be found at www.pig.records.bandcamp.com.
Guns of Nevada were a fantastic Seattle band in their own right. Unfortunately they broke up long before their deserved fame came. PIG founder David Ulysses Portnow recalls a three-day stay by Rontrose at his house. “The guy was such a gentleman. He was on Midwest time so he awoke before me. When I crawled out of bed, I found him on the couch giving my ten year old son Max a guitar lesson. Max was so excited to be learning from a celebrity.” David also tells a story of Rontrose joining his entire family that year for Thanksgiving dinner.
“Rontrose enjoyed everything but the Tofurkey. Like me, he was wondering what the fuck this horrible turkey flavored and turkey shaped tofu was doing at the Thanksgiving table. Nothing against my brother’s vegan Ex-girlfriend or tofu, but for the pilgrim’s sake at least make a homemade vegan dish. Rontrose was never able get over the fact that it was turkey flavored tofu In the shape of a turkey. He said he was going to write a song about it, but passed before having the opportunity.”
Rontrose’s death was very sudden, unexpected and shocked the Northwest music scene. At the time of his departure, he was playing with an up and coming Seattle band called the Swaggerlies which was put together by former Guns of Nevada frontman Earle Thunders. PIG Records is proud to say that PIG Recording artist Earle Thunders has done everything in his power to keep Rontrose’s memory alive. Thank you Earle!