20/20 (band)

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For the British pop-punk band, see Twenty Twenty (band).
20/20
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma
Genres Power pop, new wave
Years active c.1977–1983, 1995–2005
Labels Bomp!, Portrait, Oglio
Members Steve Allen
Ron Flynt
Past members Mike Gallo
Chris Silagyi
Joel Turrisi
Dean Korth

20/20 was an American power pop band based in Hollywood, California. They were active from 1977 to 1983 and reunited during the mid-1990s to the late 1990s. Steve Allen and Ron Flynt had played together in Tulsa in 1976, and Steve decided to move to Los Angeles in 1977 after fellow Tulsa natives Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley met with success. Once in Los Angeles, Steve met with Mike Gallo (singer/songwriter/keyboardist/drummer), who had already conceived of the idea & name for the band (after having spent time in the UK). Mike first started writing with Steve, and later, auditioned, Steve's friend, from Tulsa, Ron Flynt for 20/20. The three-piece band signed with Greg Shaw's Bomp! Records in 1978 to record a single. Between the release of the single, and their first LP on Portrait Records, Chris Silagyi joined the band as a keyboardist.

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Allen – guitar, vocals
  • Ron Flynt – bass, vocals
  • Chris Silagyi – keyboards (1977–1981)
  • Mike Gallo – drums (1977–c.1979)
  • Joel Turrisi – drums (1979–1981)
  • Dean Korth - drums (1981–1983)
  • Bill Belknap – drums (c.1983–1984, 1995–2005)

Break-up in 1983[edit]

During the recording of the first album, Mike Gallo was let go from the band. They finished the first album with a studio drummer, then hired Joel Turrisi for "Look Out", their second album. The third album "Sex Trap" was recorded with drummer Dean Korth. 20/20 then split up. Flynt moved to Austin, opened his own recording studio, and headlined the 2005 Austin music festival with a newly released CD on Zip records including the powerpop tune "Mary's World". Steve Allen moved to Nashville, Tennessee and continued to record and write music there. Chris Silagyi became a record producer. Joel Turrisi became an actor and works in other areas of film & music. After splitting with 20/20 in late 1979 (and taking twenty unreleased/recorded 20/20 songs, which he is the sole writer, with him ) Mike Gallo went on to form the bands RadioMusic and Two Moons, and signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. Dean Korth currently plays drums with the group "The Catalina Scramblers" in Santa Cruz, CA.

Current activities[edit]

Four band members now operate four different recording studios in four different cities.
Ron Flynt - Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, Texas.
Steve Allen - Blue Planet Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bill Belknap - Long Branch Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Joel Turrisi - VFG Productions/Panaview filters in West Hollywood CA.
Mike Gallo- recently (2008) started his own label, Two Moons Records, to release his catalog (previously unreleased 20/20, RadioMusic, Two Moons). He writes and records at home. Mike is currently focused on songwriting, his label and publishing.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Billboard 200 Record Label Comments
1979 20/20 138 Portrait Records
1981 Look Out! 127 Portrait Records
1982 Sex Trap Mainway Records
1983 Sex Trap Enigma Records Enigma records picked up the album for wider distribution, but "Sex Trap" and "Fast Car" were remixed, and "Please Please (Listen To Me)" was replaced by a track entitled "Jack's Got a Problem."
1995 20/20/Look Out! Oglio Records First two LP's, 20/20 and Look Out! remastered and released on one CD. Now out of print and commercially unavailable. A later edition includes two non-LP B-sides from the Look Out! era.
1995 4 Day Tornado Oglio Records
1998 Interstate Oglio Records
1999 Sex Trap Japanese release Includes bonus track, "Best of Your Life."

Singles[edit]

  • 1978: "Giving It All" b/w "Under the Freeway" (Bomp! Records)
  • 1979: "Tell Me Why" b/w "Yellow Pills" (Epic/Portrait Records)
  • 1979: "Cheri" b/w "Backyard guys" (Epic/Portrait Records)
  • 1981: "Strange Side of Love" b/w "People in Your Life"/"Child's Play"

Tracks on compilations[edit]

  • 1978: "Giving It All" The Best of Bomp Volume One (Bomp! Records)
  • 1979: "Drive" Waves Anthology Vol.1 (Bomp! Records)
  • 1993: "Song of the Universe" Yellow Pills Volume One (Big Deal Records)
  • 1993: "Giving It All", "Yellow Pills" Shake It Up! – American Power Pop II (1978–80) (Rhino Records)
  • 1993: "Yellow Pills" Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites Volume 3 (Sony)
  • 1995: "Remember the Lightning" Into the Anxious 80's (Risky Business)
  • 1996: "Drive", "Screaming", "Under the Freeway" The Roots of Powerpop (Bomp! Records)
  • 1997: "Day After Day" Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger (Copper Records)

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