The Grim started in 1982 playing parties in San Fernando Valley, California. They later played at local high school events such as Crespi’s Hootenany and Calabasas High’s Battle-of-the-Bands. They cut their teeth as the house band at the infamous Cathay De Grande in Hollywood playing dollar nights. There they caught the attention of soundman Don Bolles drummer for legendary punk rock band The Germs. Don encouraged the group to press-on in the face of several drummer changes. It was around this time that Jordan Leiberman (aka Jordan Burns) was asked to join the band. Jordan would later go on to play in Ten Foot Pole and Strung Out. As fate would have it, singer Tim McDuffee was walking home from High School when he recognized members of the band Dr. Know. Their van had broken-down in a grocery store parking lot located half-way between Oxnard and Hollywood. Tim convinced his mother to come drive him and members of Dr. Know to Mystic Studios where they were scheduled to record their first album. Tim met Doug Moody owner of Mystic Records and introduced himself as "singer of a party-band called The Grim". Doug later listened to The Grim demo and scheduled a recording session for two songs at Mystic Studios in Hollywood for upcoming compilation records. The first recording "Government Man" appeared on the Copulation Record a compilation of songs about cops. The other recording was lost and may have accidentally been recorded over by another band as magnetic tapes were sometimes reused due to the high-cost. While The Grim were in studio Doug invited members back to record 8 more songs.
In 1984 Mystic released The Grim’s self-titled Mini EP known as the "orange album" recorded at Mystic Studios Hollywood. You may have seen the logo album cover as the back drop in the movie "Pretty in Pink" starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Harry Dean Stanton.
The Grim toured the U.S. with NOFX, Scared Straight and others throughout the 80’s and early 90’s. The Grim has performed over the years with bands like The Circle Jerks, Black Flag, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Descendents, Adolescents, Glue Gun, Bad Religion, Minutemen, D.O.A., Face to Face, Dr. Know, Ill Repute, Killroy, The Dickies, Johnny and The Dingbats, Aggression, Youth Brigade, TSOL, Pennywise, RF-7, Black Mass, America’s Hardcore, RKL, Jodie Foster’s Army, Blast!, M.D., The Wallflowers, M.I.A., No Use for a Name, Strung Out and more. The song "Saipan Death March", track #6 on The Grim’s orange album was one of the most requested songs on the "Rodney on the ROQ" show in 1984. In 1986 Mystic Records released a Super Seven Inch record featuring four songs by The Grim recorded in a television studio. In 1987 The Grim recorded their second studio album for Mystic that was eventually released by Alchemy Records called "The Grim; Face of Betrayal". In 1988 Mystic released a live Seven Inch called "The Grim; Live at Fenders". In 2000 The Grim played a charity event which led to a show with Weezer and Blink 182 on New Year’s Eve 2001 at The Cox Arena in front of a crowd of 8,500 their largest show ever. In 2011 The Grim played the sold out Goldenvoice 30th Anniversary Show known as GV30 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with Bad Religion. Doug Moody attended guitar player Bob Oedy’s 50th Jubilee Show in 2013. The Grim have performed at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and Nardfest Bowling event in Ventura. The Grim’s 2014 Punk Rock Bowling show with Poison Idea sold out in less than an hour. Look for live photos of The Grim in Mystic Photobooks and Bob Oedy’s book The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide; Beer, Bowling and Debauchery Las Vegas Style.
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