Sal Serio BiographyAnd then there came another lizard king.
JUST THE FACTS
El Serpentine’s a rock ’n rolly sort of amphibian. Actually I love music in general. To me, there’s only two types of music: good music and bad music. Within the umbrella of “good music” could be anything from Black Sabbath to Beethoven. So rock on with your sock on, alright already? Here are some details about my kick-ass life. From 1981 thru ’86 I was a student of Fine Art and had artwork shown in exhibits in Portland, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Madison. From 1983 thru ’96 I was a member of the metal punker band Moral Disgust. From 1986 thru 1992 I promoted concerts. On into the 21st century I find myself coming full circle into dabbling in many of these former activities again, as well as maintaining a strong presence in music journalism and radio/live event disk jockey spinning/hosting/emceeing.
Spanning 1982-96, Moral D was a rock band with a heavy duty uncompromising sound. The band did almost all original music, but also was known to cover material as diverse as Cheap Trick to Iggy to Tommy James to Effigies to Coven to The Dead Boys to Quiet Riot. On a couple of occasions circa 1984 the band’s live performances started riots in the clubs they played in (this was in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, USA). Moral Disgust shared the stage with such legendary bands as Black Flag, NOFX, Husker Du, Circle Jerks, Descendants, M.I.A., The Dicks, Rhythm Pigs, Doughboys, Dr. Know, Saint Vitus, Toxic Reasons, Offenders, R.K.L., The Queers, and Plasticland. Moral D got their name from a quote by a Playboy centerfold, “I want to have a date with moral disgust.” Hey! Ho! LET’s GO!!
Musicians in Moral Disgust
1982-83: Jeff DeGoey, Chris Propp, and The Flying P Brothers.
1983-84: Jeff, the P Brothers, Dave Moore and Sal Serio.
1984-86: Jeff, Dave, Sal and Eric Liddell
1986-91: Jeff, Dave and Sal with a host of bassists (Mr. P, Paul G, and J.J.) this includes the Acid Reign* phase of the band
1991-93: Jeff, Sal and Chris
1993-96: Jeff, Sal and Dave
*Other aliases were N.O.B. and Psuethsayer… then there was that one gig at the Town Motel (Oshkosh) where we weren’t listed as anything because we played uninvited!
MUSIC JOURNALISM / ROCK CRITIC
1984-85: University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Advance Titan (Oshkosh, WI)
1987-88: Zeitgeist (Oshkosh, WI)
1988-90: The Newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
1990-94: Night Sights And Sounds (Madison, WI)
2006-present: Maximum Ink Music Magazine (Madison, WI)
*Sal has also published his photography in The Newsletter, Night Sights And Sounds and Maximum Ink, as well as Isthmus (Madison, WI) and MaximumRocknRoll (Berkeley, CA).
HOST OF “THE RATTLESNAKE SHAKE” ON WORT 89.9 FM
D.J. el Serpentine hosts The Rattlesnake Shake every first Thursday of the month from 11pm-2am and every fifth Friday of the month, from 8-11pm (part of the Friday On My Mind series) on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, WI. Sal features eclectic shows ranging from rock to progressive to punk to bubblegum rock and beyond. He is known for his special shows featuring artists such as Tommy Bolin, Terry Kath, Sweet, and The Zombies, with content-rich and enlightening interviews with legends such as Glenn Hughes, Corky Laing, Steve Katz, Steve Priest, Rev. Horton Heat, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent. Get the tip on upcoming shows on the Facebook pages for Sal Serpentine Serio and WORT FM. Sal’s playlists can be viewed on SPINITRON.
INTERVIEW WITH ROBBY WHITE
View Sal Serio’s 2014 interview with Robby White. Sal discusses his music with Moral Disgust and beyond, as well as some of experiences as a music journalist and radio show host.