Saturday, July 11, 2009

Average Community - Demo '86

These guys were from Trenton, New Jersey and did one demo under the Average Community name, then changed it to Prisoners Of War and did a couple more demos before breaking up in 1989. Sadly, bass player and my good friend Sam Latini (or as everyone knew him, Psycho Sam), passed away on June 12th this year. Very heartbreaking, I was shocked when I first heard the news. Sam was only 39. I will look back fondly at all the times we had as friends, you will be missed. After playing in Prisoners Of War, Sam went on to play bass for the punk band Rabid Ratfuck (great name!). Sam was a fixture at Trenton's City Gardens, he lived right down the street. If you ever recall a guy who might have been just a little too big to stagedive, taking a kamikaze dive and landing on your head, chances are, it was Sam. He was likeable in every way, his calm and cool demeanor and great attitude made him a rare character. RIP Psycho Sam. Hear his first recorded works as a bass player below.

1. Zitface
Society 5
Mr. O
Stop That Nonsense
7 Seconds
Mr. Happy
Electric World
Like It Or Not
I'm Lou
Move Out


Members of Average Community/Prisoners Of War, have put together a documentary about the band and coming of age in Trenton, New Jersey. You can get info on this documentary here:


  1. Wow, that goes way back. I was the drummer for both Average Community and P.O.W., Sam was a good friend of mine for over 20 years.

    I'm just now completing a documentary about the old days and Sam is featured in it. He will be missed.

    Help us spread the word. Thanks!

  2. Dude, that is awesome that you still have all these AC songs. I wrote a lot of them and I don't even have them.

    New Jersey will not be the same without Sam in it.


  3. Hi,

    Thanks a lot for this post. I never heard about this band and I like this demo. This is typical NEW JERSEY PUNK from the mid 80's.

    This band is in the MUTHA vein with songs such as : "1. Zitface", "Killyourself", "Stop That Nonsense", "Like It Or Not", "I'm Lou", "Superslut" & "Prisoners of war"...
    While "7 Seconds" is a total hit, very short, but a total "hit", ha,ha,ha,

    Bye and thanks for this post. VILE76.

    My blog :