A teenage quintet hacked out in a fit of Youngstown, Ohio, coal coughing, Iron Knowledge showed up at Tony March’s Tammy label raw and rickety. “Down with cocaine, we’re doing our thing,” vocalist John Warren belted on their 1972 debut “Show Stopper,” an ode to their fierce stage show and anything-goes set list. “Me and my brother were a different breed, man,” bassist Gary Blalock reflected. “We’d play anything from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix.” Bolstered by the dueling axes of Milton Van Blalock and Jimmy Vass, the group cut just five tracks in a half decade of Rust Belt futility before being burned away in disco’s fire.
- Iron Knowledge Oh Love
- Iron Knowledge Showstopper