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The Pinkerton Thugs were a punk band based in Kennebunk, Maine. While the band officially became the Pinkerton Thugs in February of 1996, the members had been playing together since July of 1994 under a number of different names. The band, which consisted of vocalist/guitarist Micah Smaldone, drummer/vocalist Paul Russo, and bassist James Whitten drew influence from punk bands such as Sham 69, the Clash, Conflict, and Crass as well as Woody Guthrie's political ballads. They were known for their spirited live performances as well as their radical anarchist political views. Attempting to put their ideas to action members of the band formed a now-defunct collective called the Anarchist Liberty Union which set out to distribute anarchist literature for free and establish better communication between activists. Their first seven inch E.P. was titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit Of Shit" and was self-released on the band's own Police Records in the U.S. and by Nefer Records in Canada. It was released in August of 1996. During most of the band's existence, Paul Russo was also a member of Boston band The Unseen, who the Thugs played with often.
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|origin||Kennbunk, Maine, United States|
|defunct years active||1994–2000|
|music genre||Punk rock|
|current members|| Micah Smaldone|