Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Sound description: An episode of Night Flight's New Wave Theater.
RIYL: The Buzzcocks, the Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra
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Inception: San Diego, 2003
Current Status: Haven't played since 2006, but not officially split.
Influences: The Buzzcocks, the Dead Kennedys
Midget Madness singer/bassist Chris Angelo says, "We can fit on any stage, no matter what size it is.... All of us are five foot five or less."
"We've all been buddies since [Hilltop] high school," says Angelo, 22. "We all wrestled.... I got a full [scholarship] to Iowa State. But it ended because of financial cutbacks. They only offered me a 30 percent scholarship [for his sophomore year]."
So, Angelo returned to San Diego to concentrate on Midget Madness with his brother Jon, 24 (guitar), and Neto Garcia, 24 (drums).
"Our name was taken from a series of midget porno videos," says Angelo. "I don't think we own the name, to tell you the truth. If they wanted to come after us [for use of the name], they wouldn't get anything because we don't make anything.... The name breaks the tension. Tall girls really don't go for short guys."
-- "Blurt," 1-26-06