10 Most Influential Punk Records of Arizona: #8: Mighty Sphincter's Untitled 1984 EP

Arizona has no shortage of offensive band names. One might even say we're right up there with Texas in having the most offensive band names per capita. Mighty Sphincter is no exception.

The band itself is something of an enigma. Known, perhaps, by fans of the dark and spooky worldwide, Mighty Sphincter's odd time signatures and punk/metal riffage make them an utterly unique band, not only in their home state, but in the music world. Led by guitarist Doug Clark, who has in many ways been Mr. Everything for the band over the entire span of their career, Sphincter (as fans and Phoenix music folks typically refer to the band) has never really officially ended its significant run.

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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