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After the demise of the seminal Los Angeles punk band Vagina Dentata, bassist Tim Ferris and drummer-turned-singer Gary Jacoby decided to form a new band to express their off-the-wall personalities. They soon teamed up with ex-Endless Banana guitarist Bob Hoss, as well as a countless string of drummers that gave Spinal Tap a run for their money — 27 to be exact — including a guy named Cujo. Eventually the group’s rowdy reckless live shows got them banned from just about every rock club and dive in Los Angeles. In one case, an L.A. club owner told them that they were a disgrace to rock & roll. The band took their bad luck as a sign and decided to migrate north to San Francisco. Upon arriving there, they stopped off at Hoss’ girlfriend’s apartment only to find her in bed with another guy. That guy, Jason Shapiro, oddly enough joined the band as their second guitarist a week later; needless to say, Hoss ended his romance with his girlfriend.

Over the next year, the band conquered the San Francisco club scene, selling out such clubs as the Ivy on a regular basis. The following year, the group decided to give their hometown of Los Angeles another go. Shortly after arriving back in town, the band played a benefit show for the local music magazine Rock City News at the Whiskey A-Go-Go.


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