AKA Zero Defex, aka Zero Defects was a hardcore punk
act from Akron. Guitarist Tommy Strange (Tom Seiler)
was the former guitarist for the Bursting Brains, singer
Jimi Imij had been in various groups the most notable
of which was the V-Nervz, drummer Mike Hurray (on stage:
Mickey X-Nelson) was from the Nelsons (where he played
bass). I have no idea about the history of original
bassist Franklin, one of Akron's very rare black punk
rockers. He didn't last long and was replaced temporarily
by Johnny Phlegm (John Despins) who never considered
himself a true member of the group. They found me, Brad
Warner (aka Brad No Sweat) thru an ad in Scene magazine.
I was the bassist who lasted longest and I play on all
their "pro" recordings such as those that appear on
the New Hope comp and on R-Radical Records' Peace comp
(now on CD!). The band was fun, fast and nothing if
not political. Tommy, the main songwriter was heavily
influenced by DC bands like Minor Threat though he secretly
dreamed of playing Jam-style pop. The band broke up
in 1983 and it was all my fault. See, I thought we had
ALREADY broken up and had plans scheduled for the day
of a very big gig in DC (Rock Against Racism on July
4th, I think -- I missed it for a god damned bar-b-q
w/ my girlfriend -- it's a long and embarrassing story!).
I went on to release 5 LPs of Syd Barret-like psych-pop
on Midnight Records under the band name Dimentia 13.
Now I'm in Tokyo working for the people who make the
ULTRAMAN TV show and releasing my own CDRs (write me
for more info). Jimi's doing art in Kent. Tommy, last
I heard, was in San Francisco working at Mordam Records.
Johnny Phlegm is in Michigan. What became of Mike Hurray?
Last I knew he had a pet wolf in his backyard -- maybe
he was eaten! (Brad Warner)