Rights Of The Accused

Also known as ROTA
Members of Rights Of The Accused: Anthony Illarde, Brian St. Clair, Herb Rosen, Jay Yuenger, Mike O'Connell, Steve Stepe, Tom Faulkner, Wesley Kidd
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Discography of Rights Of The Accused:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 She's A Politician / Christmas With The Devil 2 Audio 1991-11-00 Reflex Magazine
2 Dillinger's Alley 10 Audio 1987 National Trust Records
3 Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless, & Willing! 11 Audio 1991 Noise International
4 Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless, & Willing ! 11 Audio 1991 Noise International
5 Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless, & Willing! 11 Audio 1991 Noise International
6 People You Fear 2 Audio 1989 Big Money Inc


Rights of the Accused started out as teenage hardcore punk band with a humorous lyrical bent. The band was formed in 1982 in Chicago, IL, by Mike O'Connell (vocals), Anthony Illarde (drums), and Jay Yuenger (guitar). After a few different bassists moved in and out of the group, Steve Stepe joined in time to appear on the band's first 7", "Innocence", which released a label run by Steve and his brothers. Steve left the band in 1984 when he moved away from Chicago and was replaced by Tom Faulkener, who had previously sung for Negative Element (a band which, ironically, featured Steve's brothers Barry and Chopper). In 1985, former Political Justice? guitarist Wes Kidd was added to the group. The band's first full-length, "Dillinger's Alley" was released in 1987. The record, which was produced by Big Black's Dave Riley, showed the band moving in a more hard rock/heavy metal direction. Jay Yuenger left the band shortly afterwards and former roadies Brian St. Clair and Herb Rosen replaced Illarde and Faulkner, respectively. The group's 2nd and final LP was released in 1991. They disbanded shortly afterwards.


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