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This article is about the New Jersey punk band. For the UK hardcore band, see Public Disturbance.
Public Disturbance was a punk band from the central New Jersey shore area of United States that formed circa 1979.
It included members Tom on vocals, Paul Cowen on guitar, Darryl Hell on bass & John Radcliffe on drums. In its time, the group played with the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Posture and Flipper at venues such as City Gardens in Trenton, Brighton Bar in Long Branch, and CBGB in New York City.
In 1983 the group released a self-titled album and a single "S&M", both on Mutha Records. The "S&M" single features artwork by Lori Wening who would go on to become the vocalist (under the name Inger Lorre) of the proto-grunge LA punk band The Nymphs.
Darryl Hell went on to perform in the New York area under the name DJ Hell. The whereabouts of Paul Cowen and the other members are unknown. Los Angeles punk fanzine Flipside named the Public Disburbance LP on its "best of" list. Songs by the band include "S&M", "Destroy The Fad" & "Russell's Ramp".
Since the early 1980s a few bands have used the name Public Disturbace, one of which Ian Watkins, of Lostprophets, played in during the 1990s and another Public Disturbance formed in Northern New Jersey around 2004.