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).