new york outfit king of culture were originally mark dumais, rachel bowman and founders bill carey and lee warren. in 1983 mark and rachel left the band to pursue other interests and was replaced by jesse hultberg and lena karlstrom. bill and lee met at a college in florida, their previous band... non erotic male bonding, based in baltimore released a single in 1981 called "torture" which had gain success in many rock pool djs and was frequently played on bbc radio 1 thru dj john peel's discovery. despite the success of nemb they left baltimore for new york and formed koc.
the release of this single had caused a stir locally on new york's lower east side where "know how" were played on rock clubs and even appeared on juke boxes in bars and such.