Swamp Thing – Trail Of Bones 7” Flaming Pie Records Recorded at Smart Studios
Killdozer – Snakeboy LP 1985 Touch And Go Records TGLP#6
Knucklehead I LP 1985 Speed Of Sound Records SOS 004 The early roots of the band Valve date back to the early 1980’s when Shawn Riley & Ben Weible started their first punk band, Plan 17, in Madison, Wisconsin. Coming out of the same Madison skate/punk scene that bred Killdozer & the Tarbabies, Plan 17 soon added Paul Schmidt on Drums and Shawn’s brother Brian on Bass and became Knucklehead.
Plan 17 and Knucklehead both played frequently around Madison, Plan 17 even opening for Husker Du on the Huskers first national tour. In 1985 Knucklehead released Knucklehead I, a mix of speedy & melodic punk and metal produced by Butch Vig at Smart Studios (where Nirvana would record Nevermind).
In the next few years the Knuckleheads lives followed different paths until Ben & Paul moved to Jackson Hole, WY, where Shawn was living as a ski bum, to start a new band. Eventually the threesome headed to San Francisco in 1989 (2 weeks before the earthquake).
Fun W/Atoms – Main Street LP 1985 BOAT Records & Tapes FA1007 Recorded and Mixed at Smart Studios
One Fell Swoop LP 1984 Jane Bear Records Y003
Intellectuals Are The Shoeshine Boys Of The Ruling Elite 1984 Bone Air BONE #003
Hollywood Autopsy – Hollywood Autopsy 1983 Self Released RR – 42560
Mixed at Smart Studio bu Butch Vig and H.A.
Mercht Mensch – Acceptance 7″ EP 1983 Bone Air Records P. House
The Master Tape Vol. 2 V/A 2x LP 1983 Affirmation Records (TAG) AFF 003
Tar Babies Tracks D4 and D5 recorded @ Smart Studio, Madison, WI.
A Single Love – Times of Change b/w Mangled Jungle 7″
ASL Records – 001, 1983 recorded at Smart Studios