Life Sentence was a hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois. The band got its start in 1984, with the lineup of Joe Losurdo (bass), Eric Brockman (guitar), Tom O'Connor (drums), and Ray Morris (vocals, previously in Six Feet Under). Midway through recording their debut record, the rest of the band dumped their singer and continued as a three-piece. The record, a self-titled 12", was finished in 1987, and released on Chicago label Walkthrufyre. Later, the band split into two groups, both calling themselves "Life Sentence." The split was hardly friendly (see the lyrics to "Win, Lose, or Sue"), and one side actually sued the other. Brockman, the winner of the lawsuit, recruited Jeff Hauck on bass and Gustav Chumpske Roman on drums for the No Experience Necessary album, released in 1989. The band continued playing until the early 90s.
LIFE SENTENCE 12" (Walkthrufyre, 1987)
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY LP (Walkthrufyre, 1989)
MORE PUNKS FOR PROFIT 7" (Doing Time Records, 1991)
THERE'S A METHOD TO OUR MADNESS LP (Phantom, 1986) "Punks for Profit"
QUEST FOR THE CORNGIRL tape (Ax/ction, 1986) "No Place Like Home", "Fall In Line"
WE GOT POWER #3: WE GOT PARTY LP (Mystic, 1987) "Life Sentence"
OVERSEAS CONNECTION LP (Double A, 1987)
Lyrics for No Experience Necessary
Interview from MRR #6
A short interview from 1987 - I got it from Rehash zine in which it was reprinted.
I Was a Sellout...
A cynical look back at the punk rock career of Life Sentence, written by former bassist Joe Losurdo.