|Origin||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, power pop, psychedelic rock|
|Associated acts||Jez Spencer|
54 Seconds were an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Consisting of Spencer Gibb on vocals and guitar, J. J. Johnson on drums and vocals, Stewart Cochran on piano, synthesizer, keyboard and vocals and Glenn McGregor on bass. The band's first name was Jez Spencer but later changed to 54 Seconds.
Formation and popularity
Spencer Gibb, who formed the band is the eldest son of Robin Gibb, best known as a member of the Bee Gees. His mother is Molly Hullis worked as the personal assistant to Beatles' manager Brian Epstein until his death. The group's story originally begins with a dream, a dream that Spencer had in Miami, Florida, urging him to move to Texas as he explains: "If there's anything I can say about living in Miami and doing drugs, it's that I learned to play guitar". Spencer formed a band called Jez Spencer the original line-up was Gibb, Johnson, Stewart Cochran, Johnny Goudie and Einar. Johnson suggested Cochran, who he had seen play with Abra Moore and David Garza. Gibb e-mailed Cochran, who at the time was touring Europe with Jimmy LaFave. When Cochran got back to Texas, he hooked up with Johnson and Gibb at the Austin Rehearsal Complex (ARC), and after hearing some demos, decided that he was in for the long haul. Later, Johnny Goudie left early to formed his band Goudie. After eight months, Einar also left the group as he also participated on the band Goudie. The remaining members played with a numerous of bassists including George Reiff. For the next few months, Jez Spencer played shows, until Reiff left. "A perfect pop song chorus comes in at around 54 seconds," he said. Gibb thought he was crazy and told Wadlow, "We'll name our band 54 Seconds and you can go [censored]".
The quartet have become a popular band in the Austin area and they play every week at the Speakeasy at 412 Congress Avenue. Their debut album E.P. was released. They call their style, Alternative rock and pop, psychedelic and they were influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Prince.
"You've got three camps when it comes to being famous," he explains. "One, people who don't know or care at all. Two, people that do know and expect you to sound like your father and are disappointed when you don't. Three, people who don't want you to sound like your father but look for the similarities. 'Aha! I heard vibrato!'"
- E.P. (1998)
- Promo (1999)
- Promo 2 (2001)
- Coma (2003)
- Promography (2003)
- Memoirs of the Superficially Happy (2005)
- "World Stood Still"
- "Ben's Letter"
- Live at Antones February 24 (2001)
- Live at Antones May 25 (2001)
- Live at Hole in the Wall March 4 (2001)
- Live at La Zona Rosa April 14 (2001)
- Live at Speakeasy April 18 (2001)
- Live at Speakeasy February 26 (2001)
- Live at Speakeasy March 12 (2001)
- Live at Speakeasy March 29 (2001)
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