The Wipers : Better Off Dead
In 1978 The Wipers, led by Greg Sage, released their debut single, "Better Off Dead", on Sage's own Trap Records. The Wipers came out of Portland, Oregon which may be home to all kinds of alt rock bands today, but back then they were isolated, feeding off the West Coast punk DIY scene. The sound of this three song single is roughly five pr six years ahead of its time, anticipating the post punk sounds of SST and Enigma artists recording while I was in college.
Sage is considered one of the era's most eccentric geniuses. He can do it all musically. He plays a left handed guitar with his right hand. He's also a producer, engineer and, according to Spin, a UFOlogist.