The Mentally Ill

The Mentally Ill

Mentally Ill were one of the Chicago-area's first and most mysterious punk acts. Formed by 4 teenagers in Chicago's north shore suburbs, the band released a 7" EP called "Gacy's Place" in 1979, named after notorious Chicago-area serial killer John Wayne Gacy. It caused quite a controversy upon release and was even played during the murder trial of John Gacy himself, who called the recording "sick". College aspirations seemed to put the band to an early end, and outside of a few house parties, the original group never played live. Over the years, due to its crude sound and outrageous lyrics, "Gacy's Place" developed a cult following, finding such famous fans as Steve Albini and Jello Biafra. The Mentally Ill was featured on several volumes of the notorious punk compilations "Killed By Death" in the 80's. In 2004, Alternative Tentacles released the entire "Gacy's Place" recording session on CD, along with other demos that the band had recorded. In 2007, the original line-up played its first official gig, appearing at the after party for a screening of the documentary "You Weren't There: A History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984". Since then, the band has continued to make live performances and have reissued the Gacy's Place 45 and released a new album "Strike the Bottom Red" on Brooklyn's Last Laugh Records.

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