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Zander Schloss

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Zander Schloss (born August 7, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Los Angeles, California based musician, actor, and composer. He is perhaps best known as bass player for The Circle Jerks and The Weirdos and for his contributions to a number of independent (cult status) feature films. His first screen appearance was as “Kevin the Nerd” in Repo Man. He went on to appear in a number of Alex Cox films as well as significant musical contributions in other Cox features such as Sid and Nancy (1986), Straight to Hell (1987), Walker (1987), El Patrullero (1991) and The Winner (1996).

Schloss joined the Circle Jerks in 1984. He departed after two albums to join up with former Clash front man Joe Strummer in London as musical director and lead guitarist/multi-instrumentalist on several tours, solo albums and sound tracks. Schloss also re-joined the Circle Jerks for their 1990 U.S. tour.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Schloss continued his work with The Weirdos, Too Free Stooges and Thelonious Monster.

He received the first call when The Red Hot Chili Peppers needed to find a replacement for guitarist John Frusciante in the early ’90s. Schloss was flown to Australia yet the group felt it too soon to soldier on in the wake of John’s departure.

He then formed the group Low and Sweet Orchestra calling upon old Thelonious Monster cohort Mike Martt, The Pogues accordionist James Fearnley and brothers Dermot and Kieran Mulroney recording their debut record, Goodbye to All That on Interscope Records.

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