Ill Repute

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Ill Repute
Ill Repute 2011-12-18 04.jpg
Left to right: Cortez, Shultz, Phaneuf, and Callahan in 2011
Background information
Origin Oxnard, California, U.S.
Genres Hardcore punk, nardcore, skate punk
Years active 1981–present
Labels Mystic Records,[1] Dr. Strange Records, Mankind Records
Associated acts California Redemption
The Voids
The Last Priority
Members John Phaneuf
Tony Cortez
Jim Callahan
Chuck Shultz
Past members Carl Valdez
Chris McKee
Joe Rivas
Forrest Lorenzana
Joe Libke

Ill Repute is an American hardcore punk band from Oxnard, California, formed in 1981.[2] They are noted for popularizing the "Nardcore" sound in the mid-1980s hardcore punk scene, and recorded for Mystic Records.[3]

Their record What Happens Next? (What Happened Then? on CD) holds high status in hardcore circles.[4] It is notable for its cover of the 1970s pop music hit "Cherokee Nation".

The band broke up in July 2004[5] after a short tour of Hawaii with the Oahu band 8mm Overdose. Ill Repute briefly reformed again (minus founding guitarist Tony Cortez) to tour Hawaii in 2006 again with 8mm Overdose. The lead guitarist, Tony Cortez (original band member) is considered the "Mayor of Nardcore."[citation needed]

Ill Repute has reformed with original members, (except Carl Valdez replaced by Chuck Shultz) they played one show in Ventura, CA on December 16 which they claimed was to be their last show, but have since reformed.

Before a standing room only crowd in the City Council Chambers of Port Hueneme, Ill Repute was presented a Proclamation from then Mayor Jonathan Sharkey on April 7, 2014 for "their revolutionary musical talent". Later in 2014, they were inducted into the Ventura County Music Awards Hall of Fame.

The documentary DVD/Book "Clean Cut American Kids - the Story of Ill Repute" was also released in 2014 by True Underground Network Publishing in association with Firehook Entertainment and Canadian Bacon Films.

Ill Repute original lineup[edit]

  • John Phaneuf - Vocals
  • Tony Cortez - Guitar
  • Jimmy Callahan - Bass
  • Carl Valdez - Drums



  • Oxnard - Land of No Toilets 7", Mystic 1983 M33129
  • It Came from Slimey Valley, V/A, LP Ghetto Way 1983 GTO33001
  • Rodney on the Roq: Volume 3, V/A, LP 1983 Posh Boy PBS 140
  • We Got Power - Party or Go Home, V/A, LP Mystic 1983 MLP33125
  • What Happens Next 12", Mystic 1984 M124518
  • Nardcore Compilation LP, Mystic 1984 MLP33135
  • Halloween Live at Mystic 7", Mystic 1984 M7EP140
  • Halloween Live at Mystic 2 7” Mystic 1984 M7EP141
  • Mystic Sampler 1, V/A, LP Mystic 1984 MLP33126
  • COPulation - The Sound of Hollywood, V/A, Mystic 1984 MLP33128
  • Covers, V/A, LP Mystic 1985 MLP33132
  • Let’s Die, V/A LP Mystic 1985 MLP33131
  • Mystic Sampler 2, V/A LP Mystic 1985 MLP33127
  • Mystic Super Seven Sampler 1, V/A, 7", Mystic 1985 M7EP139
  • We Got Power 2 - Party Animal, V/A LP Mystic 1985 MLP33137
  • Omelette LP, Mystic 1985 MLP33139
  • Mystic Sampler 3, V/A LP Mystic 1986 MLP33147
  • Mystic Super Seven Sampler LP 12" Mystic 1987 MLP33140
  • Transition LP, Mystic 1989 MLP33170
  • Big Rusty Balls CD, Dr. Strange Records 1994 DSR16
  • "One Big Happy Slam Pit, V/A, LP Spider Club Music 1996 SCM40002-1
  • Localism... A Comp of Bands from the Oxnard, California Area, V/A LP It’s Alive Records 1996 IAR-4
  • It's Only Fun Till Someone Gets Hurt! split 7" w/ Good Riddance, It's Alive Records 1997 IAR5
  • Positive Charged CD, GTA 1997 GTA030
  • BLEED CD, Edge Records 1997
  • And Now... CD, Edge Records 1998
  • As A Matter of Fact split CD w/ Good Riddance, The Almighty Trigger Happy, & Satanic Surfers, Bad Taste Records 1998 BTR22 and Fearless Records FO35
  • City Rockers: A Tribute to the Clash, V/A CD CHORD Records 1999 CR30
  • "Absolute Pleasure: A Tribute to Rocky Horror, V/A, Center of the World Records 1999 COTW004
  • We’ll Get Back at Them Indecision Records 1999 IND18.5,
  • What Happened Then? Mystic Records CD 2000 MCD182, CD, LP 2008
  • LIVE CD, Let Them Eat Records 2005 LTER2495-4
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood Compilation CD, Let Them Eat Records 2005 LTER2495-3
  • Nardcore - 30 Years Later V/A, LP/CD, Burning Tree Records 2009 BTR13
  • Best of Ill Repute CD Mystic 2011 MCD169
  • The 1982 Demos LP Mankind Records 2015 MKD11


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