Photo by Gail Butensky
Although from Chicago, AOF was not embraced by the original punk scene there.
They had a bitter, public rivalry with the Effigies, whom they saw as suburban posers-skinheads with a closet right wing agenda (and who accused them as miming the DC hardcore sound). They did have allies, however, in like-minded Midwest bands like the Zero Boys, Die Kreuzen, and Hüsker Dü.
Turned off by the age restrictions of the bar and club scene, AOF began booking DIY shows in the auditorium of the Chicago Centro-American Social Club. These shows gave life to an eclectic new underground punk scene and lasted until the band broke up in 1985. Vic Bondi also had a stint as a columnist in Maximumrocknroll.
Vic Bondi and Articles of Faith are a major influence on Fu Manchu, so learn this song and appreciate the Chicago hardcore!