The Welders were a punk rock band started by five teenage girls in St.
Louis in 1975. There was Caroline (bass), Jane (drums), Julie (guitar),
Rusty (guitar) and Stephanie (vocals). We were 13 - 15 years old. We
were straight-A students and we all wore glasses. Most of all, we loved
rock'n'roll. British Invasion and glitter mostly. We also loved comedy
like the Marx Brothers and Monty Python. 4 of
us worked as busgirls at a Chinese restaurant to raise money for
instruments. By 1976, we'd all gotten contact lenses and learned to
We met our first two managers, Norman Schoenfeld
and Jim Maresca at Northwest Plaza. They arranged for us to play our
first show at a teen club called the Blueberry Jam in Hazelwood in
November of 1976. We played 3 songs: "I Don't Want to Walk Around With
You" by the Ramones, "Wild Thing" by the Troggs and "I Can't Explain" by
the Who (except for one of us who was playing a different Who song
Our second show was the First St. Louis Punk Rock
Festival at the 4th and Pine club downtown in January of 1977. After
this show, we parted ways with our guitarist Julie. The next show,
another Punk Rock Festival at the Florissant Civic Center was the
pinnacle of our punk rock band/comedy show concept for which we had a
loose script and many props. Our introduction music was "Thank Heaven
for Little Girls" as sung by Maurice Chevalier from the musical "Gigi".
We also covered "I Trusted You" by Andy Kaufman during this show.
The Welders played perhaps a dozen shows total as punk rock gigs were
very hard to book in St. Louis at this time. One of our favorite shows
was the Stonehenge club show in the summer of 1978 supporting the
Scruffs and the Singapores.
In 1979, we parted ways with
Stephanie and school chum Colleen became our new singer. We recorded a
4-song demo that will, hopefully, finally be released on vinyl in 2009,
30 years after recording it.
During the last phase of the band,
Lyla joined on drums while Jane played Farfisa and Vox organs. We
played a few shows with this line up. Then on Christmas day, 1980, the
Welders decided it was no fun anymore and broke up.
As far as we can tell, the Welders are currently all productive members of society.
On December 26, 2009, the Welders reunited to play a 30th anniversary show at the Off Broadway club in St. Louis.
A 4-song e.p. on red vinyl has been issued by world famous BDR Records in 2010.
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OFFICIAL WELDERS MERCHANDISE
The Welders-s/t 7"ep
Previously unreleased EP from 1979!
Direct mailorder pricing (2nd pressing/black vinyl)
$9.00 ppd for U.S. - $15.00 ppd for Canadians
- $19.00 ppd for rest of the world
All other Worldwide Customers
Otherwise, order it in the store with other items: WELDERS
....plus official T-shirts!
You loved the EP on BDR Records and now you can love the T-shirt! Wear it to proclaim your allegiance to The Welders Army! Make
your children proud! Heck, you might even impress some collector geek's
down at the local record store! "Cool 'Ders T, man! Have you heard the
Raymilland record BDR released?" These words could be mumbled to you by
another living, breathing human being! What more can be said?
You get the two color artwork professionally screened on a high quality black T-shirt!
Men T's on Fruit of the Loom 3930R T-shirt. 5.4 oz., 100% cotton
Girl T's on American Apparel 4305 girl-cut T-shirt. 100% Baby Rib cotton construction
Both varieties of T-shirts available in Small, Medium, Large and XL.
$18.00 + postage
If you're ordering just the T-shirt, the postpaid prices are:
$24.00 U.S. - $30.00 Canada - $38.00 rest of the world
(T-shirt only orders must be sent via Priority Mail)
**Please don't forget to specify Men or Girl cut and your size**
rest of the world
If you're ordering a T-shirt along with records or CDs, then please EMAIL with what you want and we'll reply with a total right away!
MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #333 - February 2011
The three hundred and thirty third issue of the "hardcore bible", and look who's on the cover! About half way through this nice n' plump newsprint magazine, you'll find an interview with the fabulous Welders. The interview was conducted at the release show for the EP the previous summer. Some choice pictures in the spread as well!
These are brand new/dead stock copies and come crisp n' minty for $5 + postage!
U.S. customers: pay no additional postage if ordering 12" vinyl at the same time! Add only $1 for postage to orders of 7"s or CDs!
Non-U.S. customers: please EMAIL for total if ordering other items.
If you only want the MRR #333, we are will only ship them alone in the U.S. at this time.
If you are not in the U.S., we will gladly sell you one for $5 when added to an order of other items!
$8ppd in the U.S.
Later line up with Lyla