SCREAMERS - Magazine Love b/w Cholo Jump
The Screamers were part of the 1st wave of west coast punk. They were\r\ntogether from 1977 - 81 and had roots that can be traced back nearly a\r\ndecade. Founding members Tomata du Plenty and Tommy Gear had performed\r\ntogether in Ze Whiz Kidz, a lip-sync troupe which godfathered major\r\nrebirths of local scenes of performance art, modern dance, punk and the\r\ngay underground in Seattle in the early 70ies. In 1975 they formed The\r\nTupperwares, an all drag trio which included Rio de Janeiro, Tomata and\r\nMelba Toast (Tommy). They performed a few shows in 1976 with the help of\r\nvarious underground Seattle musicians such as Bill Rieflien (of Rev-co\r\nfame) and members of his band The Telepaths. One of the first west coast\r\nDIY shows was put on by The Tupperwares, The Telepaths and Meyce on May\r\n1st, 1976, at the Odd Fellows Temple - admission was $1.00.\r\nThe spring of 1977 would see a move to LA by Tommy and Tomata where they\r\nmeet and recruit KK Barrett and David Braun, and form The Screamers.\r\nVocals, ARP Odessey synth, Fender Rhodes electric piano with fuzz box and\r\ndrums was what they used to create their lo fi psycho kraftwerk\r\nperformance punk attack. They became one of LAs all time biggest club\r\nbands and they were also its most mysterious. They are renowned as the\r\noriginal punk undergrounds most popular band, who vanished into thin air\r\nwithout ever releasing a single record, who never officially toured, and\r\nwho were so far ahead of their time in doing away with electric guitars\r\nin aggressive rock music that they were called techno punk back in\r\n1978. Style and theater were also so much part of The Screamers that\r\nnobody ever called them out for being a punk band with a full time\r\nstylist. The legendary west coast synth punk band live at the whisky, LA, 14.9.78, red vinyl, 400 copies. - Meeuw Muzak.
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