Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

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Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
Genres Alternative rock, new wave
Years active 1978–1982
Associated acts Translator
Romeo Void
Wire Train
The Mutants
Past members Pearl E. Gates
Peter Bilt
John Stench
Hilary Stench

Pearl Harbor and the Explosions was a musical act from San Francisco, California. Forming in 1978, the new wave band had limited success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with their debut single, "Drivin'", reaching the lower end of the American top 40 charts in 1980. That same year, they released a self-titled LP which included the song "Shut Up and Dance", which received considerable airplay, particularly in the Bay Area.[1] The vocalist, Pearl E. Gates (also known as "Pearl Harbor", and later "Pearl Harbour" (British spelling)), would eventually marry Clash bassist Paul Simonon. Gates had been a part of the Leila and the Snakes live shows, prior to forming the band. After Gates left the band, the remaining members, Peter Bilt and the Stench brothers (stage names for John and Hilary Hanes) performed as Peter Bilt and the Expressions.[2]

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