The Flatworms


Formed by bored, aggro teenagers in Phoenix, Arizona during the mid-80s, The Flatworms were a collective middle finger pointed directly at the Reagan Years, a juicy raspberry blown straight at the dearth of art and culture in the sweltering desert metropolis and the world in general.

Drawing from classic rock, metal, prog, and country, The Flatworms subverted the genres with a punk aesthetic, infusing absurdist humor, certain anatomical references, bodily functions, graphic violence, and gratuitous bananas into a mixed-bag of Dada and doodoo.

In their short career, The Flatworms released three cassette-only releases, including the legendary “The Early Worm Gets the Bird,” which found a fervent following in the mail art culture of the time, and “Bedrooms, Backyards, and Boondockers”, a live recording that captured the energy of their raucous fans.


In 1989, The Flatworms disbanded, leaving a void in the world.

Fifteen years later, The Flatworms endeavored to track down the original raw 4-track recordings, discovering never-before-released gems and polishing a few turds in the process. Over a ten year period, they remixed, remastered, and rearranged original music from the archives. “A Can of Worms” is a compilation 25 years in the making. Fifty songs, lovingly and painstakingly remixed and remastered from the original 4-track recordings, collected and curated for longtime fans and new converts alike. Finally, an anthology of (almost) all the tunes The Flatworms ever recorded, conveniently-packaged on one long-player! Fifty nifty tracks of wax from Arizona’s infamous punk pranksters, including fan favorites, unearthed rarities, remixes and live recordings from the band’s heyday 1986-1989. It’s classic obscuro rock injected with lethal doses of Dadaist potty humor.

Thank you for opening “A Can of Worms.”