To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of their debut indie cult classic release, “Law and Order”, Crazy 8s performed several select shows in the Northwest during the summer of 2009.
Crazy 8s were inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and performed at the Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2008.
“Law and Order” was originally released in 1984 to rave reviews and a wave of national college radio exposure. Eventually the track “Johnny Q.” became a “Screamer of the Week” (most requested track) at east coast alternative radio powerhouse WLIR in Long Island. The controversial album cover featured a cartoon of then President Reagan in a sheriff’s outfit with a pair of nuclear missiles in his holster and was designed by The Oregonian’s political cartoonist Jack Ohman.
Crazy 8s were then featured as “One of 9 Bands to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine and began their legendary national tours performing with artists including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Clash, The Neville Brothers, The Violent Femmes, Oingo Boingo, UB40, Steel Pulse, The Fixx, The English Beat, Toots and The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, No Doubt, and John Lee Hooker.
Crazy 8s made a reputation as a relentless touring independent band performing at clubs, festivals and college campuses across the country from 1984 through 1993 before it was considered cool to be independent and hip to have a horn section in the independent rock arena and released 5 albums on their own Red Rum label with total sales exceeding 100,000 units..
In 2004 a 20th Anniversary Edition of “Law and Order” was released on the Secret Sound label with a revised Jack Ohman cover cartoon featuring President Reagan being backed by President’s Bush, Clinton and Bush. The disc also featured extra tracks beyond 6 of the original songs.