Benedict Arnold and the Traitors (1980-1983)
Benedict Arnold and the Traitors released "Kill the Hostages" in 1980 on Putrid Records, the band's own label.
Arnold and the Traitors were a unique band that blended political and social
issues into punk as they saw it. They released the highly offensive "Kill
The Hostages" single at the heighth of the hostage crisis between the U.S.
and Iran and caught a lot of negative press for it. They existed on what
they saw as the fringe of the scenster punk scene and tried their best to
annoy and offend everyone. The band started in 1980 and lasted until 1983
when they changed their musical direction and became the Antinomians for
a brief stint before changing once again into The Hundredth Monkey. During
their brief run, they managed to release one 7" single and one 7" EP of
quirky aggro punk.
Benedict Arnold and the Traitors are still active, but rarely surface. They are working on some new studio material and may grace us again with their presence at some point in the future.
Artifix Records has reissued the "Kill the Hostages" single. Artifix is compling all of the bands released and unreleased material for an upcoming CD.
Side A: Kill The Hostages
Side B: Red Alert