We had the pleasure of touring the U.S. 3 times; in '85, '86
and '89 and Europe twice; in '87 and '91. We played all over
California including many times in San Francisco and the bay
area. We got to play with some of the really cool
punk/hardcore bands of the day:
THE DEAD KENNEDYS,
BLACK FLAG, MINOR THREAT, BAD BRAINS, DISCHARGE, to
name a few.  In our earlier tours we played mostly in the
midwest; Chicago, Memphis, Houston, Omaha, Milwaukee,
etc. Our '89 US tour took us to the east coast for the first
time  and we were so thrilled to play at the legendary
CBGB
in New York.

After signing to
We Bite Records in Germany in '86, they set
up a European tour for us in '87 and again in '91. We Bite did
such a wonderful job booking those tours.
We Bite discography
Thomas and Margit also took great care putting out a top
quality product. Playing for appreciative audiences, singing
along with our songs in Germany, Belgium, Denmark and
Austria was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We played a few
500+ halls, but It was mostly small halls and Jugendzentrums.
It was very meaningful and outrageously fun!
CAPITOL PUNISHMENT
CAPITOL PUNISHMENT DISCOGRAPHY
1--El Salvador--Not So Quiet Compilation--1982--Alternative Tentacles #14
2--Clovis--Meathouse 1 Compilation Cassette--1982--Version Sound
3--
Jody is my Bloody Love--4 song 7-inch EP--1983--Stagedive Records #1
4--
Hardcore '84--Fresno Compilation--Cass/CD 1984--Stagedive Records #3
5--
When Putsch comes to shove--10 song LP--1985--Stagedive Records #2
6--
Slum with a View--9 song LP--1986--Unclean Records #9
7--
Slum with a View--10 song LP--1986--We Bite Records #16
8--
Zip yer Pants up--Live in Berlin Germany LP--1987--Destiny Records #16
9--
Glutton for Punishment--4 song 7-inch EP--1988--We Bite Records #39
10--Super Glutton--8 song 12-inch EP--1989--Duckbutter Records #9
11--Jacknifed Rig--
Thing that ate Floyd Compilation 2LP--1989--Lookout #11
12--
Bulwarks against Oppression--12 song LP/CD--1989--We Bite Records #55
13--Liquor Store--
Shredder 7-inch EP Compilation--1989--Shredder Records Vol. 3
14--Bury my heart--
Built on Blood Compilation 2-LP--1991--WTF Records
15--Tribal Area Video #5 18 band Live Compilation VHS--1991
16--We Bite Presents--Emils  Suckspeed  CP Live LP/CD 1991 We Bite #76
17--The First Line-Up--First 3 CP releases CD--1992 We Bite Records #78
18--
1982 Demo--8 song 7-inch EP--1993--Selfless Records #14
19--
Messiah Complex--12 song LP/CD--1993--We Bite America #5
20--The Collection Compilation CD--1993  We Bite America #2
21--Cheap Thrills Compilation CD--32 bands 1994  Bitzcore/Victory/We Bite #1   
22--
Three Chord Pile-Up--12 song LP/CD--1995--We Bite America #13
23--
In The Beginning 1981--17 track CD--2008 Stagedive Records #19

Jody 7-inch, Putsch LP, Slum LP all reissued on We Bite, Germany.
Putsch also reissued on Destiny Records, Germany.
Messiah Complex reissued as cassette only on SPV Poland.
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The first band Jocey and I played in together was a new
wave band called
ALTERED FEATURES. That was in 1980 and it
lasted just a few months. We really wanted to play punk not
wave and we looked for a new project and hooked up with
Eric Tsuda. He wanted to try his hand at singing and he knew
a drummer, 16 year old Keith Johnson. Eric thought up the
name of the band and we practiced in his living room
at the Punk Palace.
A few months later we played our first gig,
July 4, 1981 with the DEAD KENNEDYS, THE FIX and
7 SECONDS at the Belmont Ballroom in Fresno.

That original line-up was short-lived and by '82 Eric was
replaced with
Ralph Lotspeich on vocals and a few months
later Mike Branum took over drumming duties for Keith. Eric
went on to play drums for DEATH OF GLORY and The UNFIT
from San Luis Obispo. Keith moved up to San Francisco.
Eric Tsuda-Vocals
Dale Stewart-Guitar
Joceylin Fedrau-Bass
Keith Johnson-Drums
From 1982 to 1987 we kept that same lineup, which is a long
time in punk band years. And what an incredible time those
years were! We had a lot of fun from time to time and
achieved goals every band strives for.
Stagedive Records Mailorder Page
Our friend, Keith
Johnson passed away on
January 31, 2012. He
leaves behind his
children and a loving
family.
Kellae was in
touch with him and so
were his kids. He told
Kellae to contact his old
friends and to tell them
to remember the good
things of his youth and
those friendships that
were so meaningful to
him. He laid down that
raging punk beat that
propelled us to our first
bunch of gigs and our
early success. Goodbye
old friend, we had fun
playing in the band with
you in the early days of
the Fresno punk scene.
Pics of Keith from 1980-1981
In the years to come we would release 5 studio LPs,
4  7-inchers, a couple videos, lotsa demos and
compilation tracks for several different labels. We
were on a few labels here in the U.S., Mainly my
own label, Stagedive Records in Fresno, We Bite
Records and Destiny Records in Germany,
Unclean Records in Austin, Texas and Alternative
Tentacles in San Francisco.
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But, all things must come to an end and the so-called "first
line-up", which was actually the second line-up broke up at
the end of that first European tour in '87.  The band was
coming apart at the seams anyway. The enormous stress of
that tour was the proverbial straw. We five worked
together as a team for 6 years. I say five because
Jimi Haze
our roadie/driver/confidant was very much a part of the
band. We couldn't have done it without him.

Jimi was vocalist for STRYCHNINE, a band from Oakland CA.
Jimi has a great Strychnine page on
Soundcloud. They've
been one of thee most European touring bands and have
tons of great tour stories.

In '87 the demise seemed eminent with many band member
squabbles. So, we kinda saw it coming. When it finally
happened it was quite painful, like a divorce, if you have
any idea what that's like.
Mike went up to the bay area to play drums for FANG. Later he played in
HELLS KITCHEN with Jimi Haze on vocals.  After that Mike drummed for
Smelly in PLAINFIELD.

Joceylin and I continued on under the name CAPITOL PUNISHMENT from '88 to
'95. We had several different singers and drummers over the years.
(
line-up changes and tours)

In '92-'93 we played a few reunion shows with Mike and Ralph.
It was fun and they went over
quite well. In '95 we finally laid ole CP to rest after
a 14 year run. All us ex-members are quite proud of the band and all the
achievments. Joceylin and I are still happily together. And after a 7-year hiatus
she has come back to playing bass guitar.
We're currently (2014) playing
electrified folk.   ds
1982 El Salvador
Not so Quiet on the Western Front compilation
Double LP  Alternative Tentacles Records #16

Tracks by Fresno bands:
Turmoil- FRIGIDETTES
Dead Porker- NBJ
Off to war- MANIAX
El Salvador- CAPITOL PUNISHMENT
1983 Two-Party System 4-Song 7-inch EP
Stagedive Records #1

Side M
Two-party system 1:26
Wrong direction 1:21
Killer cop :54

Side R
Jody is my bloody love 5:06
1984 Hardcore '84 Fresno Compilation
Stagedive Records #2
1-Walking Crying Dying 1:08   Capitol Punishment-Fresno
2-Capitol Punishment  1:18      "            "
3-Big Deal 2:04                       "            "
4-Homophobia 1:29                  Think Tank-Fresno
5-Jane Fonda Genocide 2:17      "         "
6-Don't Pose 1:49                      "         "
7-Deathwish :39                         Primer Grey-Bakersfield
8-Drugs In My Pocket :55           "            "
9-Hey You! 1:26                           "            "
10-Ronald Reagan 1:21            Harsh Reality-Fresno
11-Next World War 1:16             "           "
12-Senseless Disruption 1:27    Death Camp-Madera
13-New Society 1:21                   "           "
14-Hick Song 1:03             Burnin Bob & the Big Boys-Fresno
15-Easy to Kill 2:29            "            "                 "      "       
16-Frustration 2:21                       Kyos-Madera
17-Beer Beer Beer 1:26               Dirtheads-Madera
18-Cheap Ambition 1:55           Mere Mortals-San Luis Obispo
19-Peacemaker 1:05                    Assault-Santa Maria
20-Pigs in Drag 2:29                    Problem Fish-Merced
21-Freedom 2:25                          No Label-Modesto
22-Factory 2:54                   Wawona Boys Choir-Yosemite
total time 37:16 scd0416
1985 When Putsch comes to Shove LP
Stagedive records #3
Side J
1 Ballad of a broken home 2:10
2 Capitol Punishment 1:10
3 Child abuse 1:48
4 Walking crying dying 1:05
5 Elephant man 1:50
Side D
1 God of greed 1:08
2 Racism is ignorance 1:09
3 Is this justice? 1:18
4 Smile :56
5 Poke me with a fork, I'm done 1:48
1986 Slum with a view LP
Unclean Records #11
Side L
1 Slum with a view
2 Huelga
3 Breakfast in bedlam
4 Out on the fringe
5 Concrete forest
Side B
1 Show me
2 Imelda's shoes
3 Feast or famine
4 No bedwetting in San Antonio
1987 Zipyerpantsup (Live in Berlin) LP Destiny Records
Side One
1-Show me
2-Capitol punishment
3-Out on the fringe
4-Elephant man
5-Strychnine
6-Huelga
7-Wrong direction
8-Is this justice?
9-Boss hoss
Side two
1-Concrete forest
2-Jody is my bloody love
3-No bedwetting in San Antonio
4-Surfin Bird
5-Big deal
6-Walking crying dying
7-What use?
8-Feast or famine
1988 4-Song 7-inch EP
We Bite Records
Side Ant
Severin 1:33
Everyday my life's a living hell 1:58

Side Bee
When your helpin' the shepherd 1:26
Old George Cloud 2:42
1989 Super Glutton LP
Duckbutter Records #9
Side O
1 In Dreams
2 Two Hands
3 Big Deal
4 Pancakes for Peggy/Blackwall
Side P
1 Severin
2 Everyday my Life's a Living Hell
3 When you're helpin' the Shepherd
4 Old George Cloud
1988 Jackknifed Rig  
The thing that ate Floyd compilation double LP
Lookout! Records #11
Disc 1
Skin Flutes - "Straight Edge Song" - 3:23
East Bay Mud - "Win or Lose" - 2:14
Corrupted Morals - "Big Man" - 1:15
Neighborhood Watch - "Gloria" - 2:20
Tommy Rot - "Not One of Mine" - 2:13
Cringer - "Cottleston Pie" - 1:06
Boo! Hiss! Pfftlb! - "Banana Smell" - 2:30
Eyeball - "The Blue Moustache" - 3:36
Isocracy - "Happy Now" - 1:46
Kamala & The Karnivores
-29 Degrees 2:29
Bitch Fight - "On and On" - 1:36
Plaid Retina - "Tied/Tried" - 1:07
Neurosis - "Common Inconsistencies" - 4:01
Complete Disorder - "Do Something" - 2:27
Well Hung Monks - "Misdirection" - 3:14
Swollen Boss Toad - "Broken Strings" - 2:28
Vomit Launch - "Life Sucks" - 2:58
Disc 2
Relief Society - "Abandoned Beer Messiah" - 2:38
The Mr. T Experience - "Boredom Zone" - 2:57
Sewer Trout - "Vagina Envy" - 2:32
The Vagrants - "No Way Back" - 2:01
Sweet Baby - "Andorra" - 1:39
Stikky - "Don't Lick My Leg" - 0:19
No Use for a Name - "What!?!" - 2:37
Surrogate Brains - "Extreme Racial Pride" - 2:43
The Lookouts - "Outside" - 3:04
Capitol Punishment - "Jackknifed Rig" - 2:41
Crimpshrine - "Summertime" - 2:40
Spent - "In My Past" - 3:05
Raskul - "Change" - 2:17
Tribe Of Resistance - "Controversy" - 1:41
Nuisance - "Day of Sun" - 2:53
Operation Ivy - "Hangin' Out" - 1:21
Steel Pole Bath Tub - "Bee Sting" - 4:03
1989  We Bite Records #55 LP/CD

Side 1
Two hands
Nytro
Fire and brimstone
Bulwarks against oppression
Heavymetalmeltdown
The pug

Side2
We're not a soundtrack for violence
I'm hungry
Bad girl
Count the basies
Strychnine
Jackknifed rig
1989 Liquor Store 6-song 7-inch EP
The Worlds in Shreds Compilation
Shredder Records #3
1990 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Built on blood compilation LP plus seven inch
WTF records
1991 18 bands Live Video recorded in Germany
Tribal Area Video #5 VHS PAL
1991 Live LP/CD 3 bands
We Bite Records #76
1992 First three CP releases on CD
We Bite Records #78
1993 recorded in 1982
8-Song 7-inch EP
Selfless records #14
Side 1
Moral Majority
American Way
Advertise and Victimize
Just stand up and fight
Side 2
Dirty work
No ID, no beer
Clovis
Monkey
1993 LP/CD/Cassette
We Bite Records #102
1 Manumit 3:59
2 Daggers in my eyes 2:19
3 7 Lucky devils 3:25
4 The postman always shoots twice 4:35
5 Ethnic cleansing 2:40
6 Cenobite stomp 2:10
7 I'm not like everybody else 3:04
8 Tick tick tick 2:42
9 It's gotta come out 2:25
10 Your farts are like frankencense to me 1:33
11 I wanna be the anti-christ 2:36
12 Down 4:44
1993 Another Frankenstein
The Collection Compilation CD
We Bite America #2
Negazione
Crawlpappy
Suckspeed
Slapshot
Resistors
Schliessmuskel
Richies
Erosion
Two-Bit Thief
Emils
Death in Action
Day Houston
Capitol Punishment
Happy Hour
Growing Movement
Eisenvater
1994 Cheap Thrills Compilation CD--32 bands  
Bitzcore/Victory/We Bite #1
NRA
Peter & the Test Tube Babies
SFA
Cause for Alarm
Vulture Culture
Refused
Anti-Heroes
Doughnuts
Earth Crisis
MDC
ADZ
Capitol Punishment
Strife
Toxic Reasons
Raw Side
Deadguy
Face Value
1995 LP/CD
We Bite America #2
1 Play at the plate 2:12
2 Father's day 3:55
3 O.J. Cobain 2:44
4 Gotta run 2:23
5 Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis 2:47
6 Old punk 2:11
7 Calgon 3:03
8 Under the weather 2:45
9 The fear 2:17
10 D.L.G. 2:32
11 Mountain of pain 3:11
12 Friends you thought you knew 3:02
13 Chain of mistakes 3:44
14 Mister softee 3:50
15 Chunkychunkenheimer 3:28
2008 In The Beginning
CD Stagedive #19
1- Last Laugh 2:37
2- No ID No Beer 1:14
3- Book of Deceit 2:23
4- Socialized Sucker 1:15
5- Christian Slander 2:50
6- Living is a lie 1:41
7- Clovis is a way of life 1:35
8- Who makes the rules? 1:02
9- Big Deal 1:54
10- No ID No Beer 1:08
11- Just a Pawn in the game :49
12- End it now 1:17
13- Last Laugh 2:29
14- After Words 1:07
15- Interview with Dog Meat and 6SIX6 2:48
16- Interview with NBJ and others 5:21
17- Cops bust up party 3:40
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1982 Clovis Meathouse 1 Compilation Cassette
1987 Slum with a View LP
We Bite Records #16
Side One
1 Fuhrer des Punk
2 Huelga
3 Breakfast in Bedlam
4 Out on the Fringe
5 Show me
Side Two
1 Slum with a View
2 Imelda's Shoes
3 No Bedwetting in El Paso
4 Concrete Forest
5 Jack/Dream
Richies
Cock Sparrer
Sister Gaddamn
Snapcase
Eisebvater
Opium Wound Profile
Flag Of Democracy
Varukers
Erosion
Bloodlet
Brother's Keeper
25 Ta Laife
Apartment 3G
Warzone
Integrit
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