Paul Boering, Bryn Mars, R.X. Mauser, and Whitey Sterling

Stiffs, Inc.



The Stiffs were formed in New York City in 1992 by Whitey Sterling (vocals), Paul Boering (guitar), R.X. Mauser (bass) and Donnie T. Tremors (drums). Initially, the dapper mob played their own brand of Anglophillic 70's punk, a la early Damned and Eater. No one could have foreseen their sudden signing by American Recordings, or subsequent mutation into demented neo-Victorian post-punks. Bryn Mars replaced Tremors, the group was rechristened "Stiffs, Incorporated", and their debut album Nix Nought Nothing was released in 1995.

Keyboardist Byron Lang and bizarre "Master of Ceremonies" Poison Eve were added to the line-up. Songs became opus-like: the music more complex, and Mr. Sterling's lyrics increasingly Byzantine. Their second album, Electric Chair Theatre Presents, was likened to "Raven-era Stranglers scoring the soundtrack to Fritz Lang's Metropolis". The later Stiffs, Inc. shows involved lines of Busby Berkeley showgirls, hardboiled crime motifs, and gory medical tableaux. Following the Stiffs' demise at the end of the last century, they remain the object of a tiny but virulent cult following.




Destroy All Art / Chelsea (1994 Aluminium Records)

Blown Away Baby / Work work work..... (1994 Holy Plastic)

Engineering2 / One Chord Wonders (1995 Titanic Tours)

Richard / Noughty Boys (pre-version) / The Magician Ballet (1997 Gladglum & Others Ltd. with Amman Enterprises)

Panic in the Springtime (1997 Dismal Abysmal Recordings)


Nix Nought Nothing (1995 Onion / American Recordings)

Electric Chair Theatre Presents (1997 Gladglum & Others Ltd.)

Compilation Tracks

The Magician (Remix #6) / Newton's 2d Law (Defied) (1997 "Curse of the Hearse" album)



Mr. Meenee's Stiffs Site

Stiffs, Inc. on MySpace

Stiffs Fan FORUM

Nix Nought Nothing is out of print; look for used copies on Amazon, Ebay or

Electric Chair Theatre is available

via iTunes


via CD Baby