Record Back from Samoa • Band Angry Samoans Format Album • Published 1982



  • “Metal Mike” Saunders – vocals, guitar
  • Gregg Turner – vocals, guitar
  • P.J. Galligan – guitar
  • Todd Homer – bass guitar, vocals
  • Bill Vockeroth – drums
  • Ronn Spencer – Album Design


  1. Gas Chamber
  2. The Todd Killings
  3. Lights Out
  4. My Old Man’s a Fatso
  5. Time Has Come Today (The Chambers Brothers cover)
  6. They Saved Hitler’s Cock
  7. Homo-Sexual
  8. Steak Knife
  9. Haizman’s Brain Is Calling
  10. Tuna Taco
  11. Coffin Case
  12. You Stupid Jerk
  13. Ballad of Jerry Curlan
  14. Not of This Earth

Back from Samoa is the second album by the Californian punk rock band Angry Samoans. It was initially released in 1982 on Bad Trip Records.

Gas Chamber – 1:02 (Saunders/Turner)

“CITY RECORDERS: Gas Chamber, Not of This Earth (i’m there, and put the vocals on the minute the tracks are quickly cut).”  – Metal Mike Saunders

The cover of Foo Fighters.

The Todd Killings – 0:38 (Saunders/Turner)

See the Time Has Come Today. The cover is Angry Samoans and The Briefs.

The original version is The Queer Pills with the song The Todd Killings.

Lights Out – 0:52 (Saunders/Turner)

The cover of Minor Disturbance, Pig Destroyer, The Spermbirds, The Accüsed, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

My Old Man’s a Fatso – 1:32 (Saunders)

03 Sep 1977?.

PIHRANA STUDIOS: My Old Man’s A Fatso, Homo-Sexual, Haizman’s Brain Is Calling
7 of the album’s 14 tracks have now been recorded (and four of them get lead vocals put on later into 1982 by me, per todd/gregg’s instruction) at this point (the end of 1981) i officially “come back,” and after the two City Recorder songs have been mixed (at Cherokee on late night downtime), buy out Brian Izen with a $7,000 check roughly matching his recording/mixing/mixing/mixing costs of the above three sessions (dunno if a check for the City Recorders 2-song 5-hour session w/vocals was paid by brian or myself)

Metal Mike Saunders

The Queers cover.

Time Has Come Today – 2:07 (Joseph Chambers/Willie Chambers)

QUAD-TECH: Time Has Come Today, Coffin Case, and re-recordings (since the Marin/Mystic/Mystic tracks are deemed “shitty sounding” which is correct) of Tuna Taco, You Stupid Jerk, and The Todd Killings.

1 + 3 + 3 + 2 + 5 = 14 album tracks from 5 different studios spread over almost 18 months’ time.

i was never in the same room as the Marin tapes (cut with jeff); Tuna Taco (w/todd on lead vocals) was the only track that MIGHT have been mixed along with Ballad of Jerry Curlan, but gregg went out to Marin to supervise that himself.

turner has babbled gibberish (over the last 25 years since he was put on anti-depressant meds…that’s a lot of Prozac) about everything related to the band since he disappeared from California in 1993. but Todd, PJ, and Billy have clear memories and can easily verify/recall the songs above matched to the studios — the audio itself quite clearly identifies Shithole-A from Shithole-B and C and D and E.

Metal Mike Saunders

The “Time Has Come Today” are covered of Angry Samoans

Time Has Come Today Back from Samoa | Cirith Ungol Online

And here is the original version with The Chambers Brothers (Amazon).

Time Has Come Today (is age-restricted content, open a new YouTube to see it).

They Saved Hitler’s Cock – 1:40 (Jeff Dahl/Homer/Turner)

This is “covered” by Angry Samoans in 1982. The original version is The Queer Pills (1981).

Homo-Sexual – 0:52 (Gregg “J. Falwell” Turner)

03 Sep 1977?. See My Old Man’s a Fatso. Cover of The Soft Pink Truth, Chaos 88.

Steak Knife – 1:00 (Saunders/Turner)

Haizman’s Brain Is Calling – 1:56 (Saunders/Turner)

Sep/Oct 1979, 03 Sep 1977?. See My Old Man’s a Fatso.

Tuna Taco – 0:38 (Homer)

See the Time Has Come Today.

Coffin Case – 0:39 (Saunders)

See the Time Has Come Today.

You Stupid Jerk – 0:23 (Saunders)

See the Time Has Come Today. The cover is Angry Samoans and The Muffs. The original version is The Queer Pills with the song Stupid Jerk.

Ballad of Jerry Curlan – 3:08 (Galligan/Turner/Vockeroth)

Galligan, Turner and Vockeroth, and the only P.J Galligan song. Also the only extended full length is 3:08 minutes, normal have only ca. 0:20 – 2:00 minutes per songs.

Marin County session” = Ballad of Jerry Curlan (the other 10+ songs recorded were a complete disaster, and all deemed unusable by gregg and todd)
none of those songs (save Curlan) have ever turned up on bootleg: the tapes disappeared (along with all other Back From Samoa multi-tracks) into the band’s 1981-82 manager Brian Izen’s vaults.

after jeff has departed/quit/got fired/left/whatever —

Metal Mike Saunders

On Tue, 14 May 2002, Peter Jackson wrote:


A: At the Turner family house at 4857 Beeman Ave, North Hollywood, sometime in 1981 —Gregg Turner’s mom was reminding him of this guy Jerry Kurlan—an old high school buddy of Greg’s little brother frat-type Ron Turner—”Jerry’s such a nice guy, he’s in pre-law, interned for the state legislative, why, he’s even got friends in Sacramento!” (Gregg is at this time living at home, no job, no income, “working” as a rock critic and general neer-do-well, playing air guitar in this strange garage band…)

In the meantime, Jackie (Mrs.) Turner — a nice lady, BTW, we practiced in the garage at Turner’s parents house and both his parents are real nicepeople — was making these invidious comparisons, as mothers will—”why can’t YOU make friends? why do you play in this disgusting punk rock band?”— and between the tirades, Gregg and Todd Homer were intermittently sneaking back to Greg’s bedroom to scroll Jackie’s comments verbatim and interject the truth about Jerry: “sleeps with midgets, drives a Ferrari, and fucks assholes, fucks black assholes!”

Add the fact that Gregg’s mom is a first grade teacher, for life, and you begin to see the whole picture. She doesn’t even notice they keep disappearing and reappearing. Kurlan had to be changed to “Curlan” because the guy later became a lawyer, and Jackie Turner refused any and all songwriting credits to this day.

This story reminds me somewhat of Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler taking notes from an audio-display-workmen conversation he overheard while he was looking for a new TV, and them notes became “Money For Nothing.”

OK, that’s all I know. Probably Gregg really got an earful from his Mom after I went to Cornell Grad School to study Economics (failingly), no doubt that’s what drove him back to Cal State Northridge to finally get a useless doctorate in Mathematics out at the Claremont universities (besides the certain knowledge that Rock and Roll Does Not Pay!).”

(Who Was Jerry Curlan?)

Not of This Earth – 1:11 (Saunders/Turner)

See the Gas Chamber.

Abba vs Angry Samoans – Europe 1982

See the band Abba there.angrysamoans abba Back from Samoa | Cirith Ungol Online

Film of The Monster Of Piedras Blancas (1959)

BACK FROM SAMOA the Monster of Pieras Blancas screen-shot (a zzzzzzz really boring 50’s horror movie)

Mike Saunders

See the IMDb, Wikipedia and The Monster Times No. 18, 1972.


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