The Mutants are an important band in the history of San Francisco punk rock and new wave music. They are known for their theatrical performances which often include elaborate props, projections, and comical antics. They are credited with being one of the first \"Art-punk\" bands in San Francisco, and were one of the most popular bands of the San Francisco punk scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Mutants joined together to perform at the San Francisco Poetry Festival in 1977. They quickly became regular performers in the San Francisco punk rock scene, headlining at the Mabuhay Gardens, Savoy Tivoli, Berkeley Square, The Deaf Club, The Temple (aka 1839 Geary Street), The Old Waldorf, The Warfield, and other punk clubs. They were also noted for being one of the few pop bands to ever perform live at Napa State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital. They also opened for such bands as The Ramones, Iggy Pop, New Order, Lene Lovich, The Cramps and the Talking Heads. The Mutants were booked as the support act for Joy Division\'s first U.S. tour which was canceled due to Ian Curtis\' suicide two days before the tour was to begin.
\"The late 70\'s provided a giant stage for American underground bands trying to create a new rock and roll. In San Francisco The Mutants emerged as one of the great art school punk bands of the era with their unique seven member strong high octane alcohol fueled melodic punk assault. Each performance was treated as a special event which the band packed with truly memorable tunes from their enormous catalog.\" -Mel Cheplowitz Publisher of Shredding Paper magazine and DJ at KALX
\"Seeing the Mutants live was like being invited to a secret John Waters movie about punk colorfully and melodically crashing into New Wave, with a dysfunctional locomotive designed by Johnnie Cash on angel dust. Why couldn\'t the Sex Pistols or the Doors be this much fun? Because the Mutants could be so flamboyant and conceptual, it\'s easy to forget the musical power of their songs. This is partially connected to how the vocals of sweet toughies Sally Webster and Sue White harmoniously combine with those of Fritz Fox. Frank Zappa denied ever using LSD but the Mutants did.\" -Dave (Dog) Swan, the host of cult cable program Doghouse