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The Spoilers were a Southern California Punk Rock/New Wave band formed in 1978. The classic Spoilers lineup included Chris Hickey (guitars, vocals), Mickey Kessler (drums, piano), Dean Stefan (guitars, vocals), and Craig Wisda (bass, vocals). Image File history File links Spoilers_Logo1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  400 km 770 miles  1,240 km 4. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in American, Australian, British, Canadian and European popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


The Spoilers began in Los Angeles, California in 1978. The founding members were Chris Hickey, George Padgett and Dean Stefan. Bill Hickey was also considered a semi-member of the band when he was not attending law school at Berkeley. This article is about the largest city in California. ...

Their first EP was released in 1978 on White Lunch Records and contained the songs "Has Been" (Dean Stefan), "Battling On" (Chris Hickey), "Boys Night Out" (Dean Stefan) and "The Ugly Nancies" (Chris Hickey). Hickey and Stefan were credited with guitar and Padgett with bass. However, it is difficult to determine who actually played what on the EP, especially since the drums were credited to the nonexistent “Johnny Spoiler.” The sound of the EP was cool and raggedy, with in-your-face lyrics. In short, the Spoilers were the opposite of Boston, Foreigner and all the other “Corporate” bands that American formula radio was embracing. Image File history File links First_Flyer2. ...

Hickey, Stefan & Wisda First Gig At The Shack
Hickey, Stefan & Wisda First Gig At The Shack

Hickey and Stefan migrated north to Santa Barbara, while Padgett stayed south. Hickey enrolled at UCSB, and the band came under the management of local impresario Stan Bernstein, owner of the ultimately hip record store, Morninglory Music. With the addition of Mickey Kessler on drums and Craig Wisda on bass, the classic Spoilers lineup was born. The burgeoning music scene embraced the Spoilers' edgy pop sound. The Spoilers were the house band at the Shack, a club that later gave birth to Toad The Wet Sprocket. Stefan established himself as the main songwriter and de facto leader of the band. Wisda proved to be a prolific songwriter as well. Image File history File links First_Gig_At_The_Shack_1. ... Image File history File links First_Gig_At_The_Shack_1. ... Mission Santa Barbara, known as the queen of the missions. Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... University of California, Santa Barbara The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California. ... Members of Toad the Wet Sprocket on the cover of Acoustic Dance Party. ...

Bernstein put out a second Spoilers opus, “Balloon Water Race,” in 1979 that contained "Focus" (Dean Stefan), "Loose Words" (Chris Hickey), "Mr. X" (Craig Wisda) and "Point Blank" (Bruce Springsteen). The Spoilers beat Springsteen to recording his own song "Point Blank" after hearing it in concert and learning it off of bootlegs. "Point Blank" was recorded live at Doug Weston’s legendary West Hollywood nightclub, the Troubadour. By this time, the “Troub” had become the band’s hangout and favorite place to play when not in Santa Barbara. The band also played at the Whiskey A Go Go, Gazari's, the Starwood, Madame Wong's and San Francisco's punk rock palace, Mabuhay Gardens, along with scores of other night clubs. Through constant gigging, the band played with old and new rock royalty including: Arthur Lee & Love, the Go-Go's, 999, the Plimsouls, Magazine, Joan Jett, Fear, John Hiatt and several bands that really should have made it into notoriety such as the Zippers, the Bags, the Readymades and the Alleycats. Image File history File links Balloon_Water_Race. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... West Hollywoods logo illustrates the citys borders. ... The Troubadour is a venue in Hollywood, CA with the motto, Music served fresh since 1957. ...

The Spoilers At The Toubadour
The Spoilers At The Toubadour

A 45 single followed in 1980 on White Lunch Records. It featured Stefan’s shameless “Greta Don’t Come,” backed with a sleek, breezy rerecording of Hickey’s “Loose Words.” The single had the distinction of being played by both Rodney Bingenheimer on the world-famous KROQ and Dr Demento on his syndicated show. The press wrote favorable reviews of the band in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, BAM Magazine and Stefan was also featured in a California Magazine (now known as Los Angeles Magazine) interview. Image File history File links Scan10025zz. ... Image File history File links Scan10025zz. ... Image File history File links Greta_bw_Loose_Words. ... Rodney Bingenheimer, born on December 15,1946 in Mountain View, California, is a radio disc jockey on a well-known Los Angeles rock station, KROQ. He has been a fixture in rock and roll circles since the mid-1960s, when he was a double for Davy Jones on the television... Dr. Demento Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941) is the stage name of Barret (Barry) Hansen, who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ...

Having outgrown the Santa Barbara music scene, the band headed permanently south to Los Angeles. A five-song mini album was recorded with Paul Wexler producing. Wexler, the scion of Atlantic Records co-founder and renowned producer Jerry Wexler, brought in prominent studio wildman, Tim Kramer, to engineer the recordings. The mini album was recorded at Shangri Lai studio in Malibu, home to Bob Dylan’s premier backup confederates, The Band. Two members of the Band, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, dropped by during the session. Manuel expressed no interest on playing piano on a studio version of Like A Rolling Stone, although it was the customary Spoilers concert finale. He begged off by saying, "Naw, those are Al Kooper's licks." Image File history File links Spoilers_UC.JPG Summary Dylan Marshall Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Jerome Jerry Wexler (born 10 January 1917) is a music journalist turned highly influential music producer, and is regarded as one of the major record industry players behind 1960s soul music. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose enduring contributions to American song are often compared, in fame and influence, to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. ... The Band on the cover of their second album: Manuel, Helm, Danko, Hudson, Robertson The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock and roll group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Mike Bloomfield (left) and Al Kooper (right) album cover Al Kooper (born February 5, 1944, Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter,producer, and musician, probably best known for organizing the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. ...

The mini album was not released due to contractual haggling with Wexler. Instead, the band jumped ship to record a 1980 single on Elton John’s record label, Rocket Records. This single, which contains Stefan’s “Reckless” backed by a new version of Hickey’s “Battling On,” is probably the Spoilers' finest hour. Jef Levy, formerly of the Bottles, produced the single at MCA Studios. The sound is crystal clear, dynamic and powerful (and clearly Beatles inspired), while still maintaining the Spoilers' trademark edginess. However, Rocket Records went on hiatus when Elton John left MCA Records to record for David Geffen’s new label (the appropriately named Geffen Records), and only 5,000 copies of the single were produced. Image File history File links Rocket1. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rocket Records was founded by Elton John, with Bernie Taupin, Gus Dudgeon, and Steve Brown among others, in 1972. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ...

Discouraged, Kessler and Wisda left the band in 1981. Hickey and Stefan then recorded a 12-song album, with Steve Verroca (of Link Wray fame) producing. Studio musicians were utilized for the recordings. The sound of the record, particularly the melancholy “Sight & Sound," is much more somber than prior Spoilers recordings. Kessler and Wisda rejoined the band in 1982, but the spark had faded. In 1983, Hickey announced that he was leaving. Image File history File links Chris_Dean. ... Link Wray and His Ray Mens The Swan Singles Collection 1963-1967 Fred Lincoln Link Wray Jr (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was a rock and roll guitar player most noted for introducing a new sound for electric guitars in his major hit, the 1958 instrumental Rumble, by...

Chris Hickey went on to release three solo albums, co-lead the alt-folk band Show of Hands with future Beach Boy Randell Kirsch, and lead the alt band Uma. Both bands released CDs on major labels (IRS and MCA Universal, respectively). Dean Stefan released a solo album Trial And Error and wrote much of the soundtrack music to the children’s television series, Rainbow Fish. These songs were released as a CD on Sony Music. Stefan also writes and edits many well-known modern cartoons. Mickey Kessler drummed for High Noon and has since replaced the drums with a steady gig playing bass guitar. In the interim, he was signed to Polygram Records as a brasswinds arranger. He currently leads a band, the Realtors, that has opened for Brian Wilson, among others. Craig Wisda, switching temporarily to mandolin, formed the bluegrass band the Tennessee Choirboys with Rob Meador (of Amy Allison's back up band The Maudlins). Later, back on bass, he led the hard rock band Seventh Star. He has released two solo CDs on the Retro Alternative Music label. Image File history File links The_Spoilers_1979. ... Phil Beer and Steve Knightley Show Of Hands are an English acoustic roots duo comprised of singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer. ... The Rainbow Fish is a childrens book written by Mark Pfister and translated into English by J. Alison James. ... Brian Wilson, 1988 Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942, in Hawthorne, California) is an American pop musician, best known as a founding member of and the main producer, composer, and arranger for The Beach Boys. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of rural African-Americans, jazz, and blues. ... Retro Alternative Music is a record label established by Greg Estrella in 2004. ...

The band regrouped sporadically throughout the 80s and was rumored to have been seen in the studio as recently as 2005. The Spoilers decided to forego the customary 25th year reunion concert series, however. Hickey was widely considered to be the one digging in his heels against the concept. In 2006, the band released a CD of vintage Spoilers material on White Lunch Records, Employment Agency. Image File history File links Employment_Agency. ...


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