The Units were an Albany, New York punk rock band. They formed circa 1979 and consisted of Val Haynes, Steve Cohen, Todd Nelson, Doug White, and Al Kash. They released a single in December 1979 called "Japan / I am Sorry." It was advertised in the December 1979 issue of Trouser Press, one month after the San Francisco Units advertised their 4 song EP. The magazine wrote a clarification with the December issue:
Due to the name conflict, the Albany Units tried to lay a cease and desist order on the San Francisco Units. It was proven that the San Francisco Units put out their EP first, but some concessions were made. The 7", "Warm Moving Bodies," lists "S.F. Units" on the label.
SR-14-317 TITL: Japan / S. Cohen, T. Nelson, V. Haynes ; [performed by] The Units. IMPR: Iron Cyst Records AR-1023-A, c1979. PHYS: on 1 side of 1 sound disc : 45 rpm ; 7 in. NOTE: (With I am sorry) CLNA: (c) Stephen M. Cohen, Val Haynes & Todd Nelson INNN: notice: Norbert Songs DCRE: 1979 DPUB: 5Dec79 DREG: 18Dec79 APAU: words and music: Stephen M. Cohen; music: Todd Nelson; words: Valeria Haynes. PREV: Prev. reg. 1979, PA 96-638. ECIF: 37/M XREF: S. Cohen SEE Stephen M. Cohen , 1955-. T. Nelson SEE Todd Nelson , 1956-. V. Haynes SEE Valeria Haynes , 1954-. Val Haynes SEE Valeria Haynes , 1954-. SR-14-334 TITL: I am sorry / V. Haynes and The Units ; [performed by] The Units. IMPR: Iron Cyst Records AR-1023-B, c1979. PHYS: on side B of 1 sound disc : 45 rpm ; 7 in. NOTE: (With Japan) CLNA: (c) Valeria Haynes, Stephen M. Cohen, Alexander Kash, J. Todd Nelson & Douglas White. DCRE: 1979 DPUB: 5Dec79 DREG: 19Dec79 APAU: words & music: Valeria Haynes; music: Stephen M. Cohen, J. Todd Nelson, Douglas White & Alexander Kash. ECIF: 37/M XREF: acV. Haynes. SEE Valeria Haynes , 1954-.
The Albany Units changed their name to "Fear of Strangers" and released a self-titled LP in 1982. [Note: that is why this album is listed in the AMG under Units]. Distributed by San Francisco's Faulty Records.
JandekJandek's first LP, Ready for the House, was released under the name "the Units" in 1979. Upon hearing about the San Francisco Units, he changed his name back to Jandek. The music is of the odd folk variety.
Units, 1986A yearlong Rhode Island project which consisted of David Chandler (voc/kybd), John Sprier (voc/bass/guitr) and Arna Zucker (voc/trombone/kybd/bass/guitr/harmonica/percussion). Their epitaph, derived from a posthumous page was that "the band proved that humor and music can mix as long as the proper amount of bozons, free radicals, and photons are in play and abundant."
Units, 1987A Units released a single, "Baby, You Flirt / Grill Room," in February, 1987. Thanks to the International Discography of New Wave for that one.
The Unitts were a Tucson, Arizona band. They existed in the mid-1980's and consisted of Martin the Holt, Mike-Mike Olson and Darrell Stackhouse. They released this cassette (Strategy:electradynanasoarfusion) in 1986 through the Unique Zounds label. It contains some interesting guitar-based rock, with lots of odd sounds. The tape even includes a cover of the Beatles' "Things We Said Today."