The Gizmos

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The Gizmos
The Gizmos.jpg
The original line-up of the Gizmos
Background information
Origin Bloomington, Indiana
Genres Protopunk, Punk rock
Years active 1976-1978, 2014
Labels Gulcher Records
Website slippytown.com
Members Ken Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, Rich Coffee
Past members Rick Czajka, Dave Medlock, Dave Sulak, Jim DeVries, Steve Feikes, Phil Hundley, Shadow Myers, Dale Lawrence, Billy Nightshade, Tim Carroll, Crash Kinser, Robbie Wise.

The Gizmos were a protopunk band that formed in Bloomington, Indiana in 1976. The original band was made up of Ken Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec and the members of a band called Cerberus; Rich Coffee, Dave Sulak, Rick Czajka, and Jim DeVries. The Gizmos released three 7-inch EPs on Gulcher Records in 1976, 1977, and 1978.

In late 1977 the band broke up. Then Ted Niemiec recruited new members to form a new version of the Gizmos. This version of the band released one EP, "Never Mind The Sex Pistols Here's The Gizmos".

After Niemiec left the band, new member Dale Lawrence carried on using the band name with new members.[1][2][3][4][5]

After the Gizmos[edit]

Ken Highland later relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where he has been in a long string of garage-oriented bands over the years, including the Hopelessly Obscure, Johnny & the Jumper Cables, the Kenne Highland Clan, and the Vatican Sex Kittens.

Eddie Flowers and Rich Coffee would move to Los Angeles in the late 1970s and become active in the underground rock scene there. Flowers would start Crawlspace with members of the Lazy Cowgirls in 1985. The early Crawlspace played noisy acid-punk, but soon developed into an improvising rock band and eventually turned to other experimental forms. Coffee sang and played in Thee Fourgiven and the Tommyknockers, influenced by late 1960s pre-punk hard-rock bands like the MC5 and The Doors as well as more recent acts like The Cramps, The Gun Club, and Billy Childish. The bands of both Coffee and Flowers were associated with the Sympathy for the Record Industry record label.

Members[edit]

Cerberus[edit]

  • Rich Coffee — guitar, vocals
  • Rick Czajka — guitar
  • Dave Sulak — bass
  • Jim DeVries — drums

Gizmos #1[edit]

  • Ken Highland — lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Eddie Flowers — lead vocals
  • Ted Niemiec — lead vocals
  • Rich Coffee — rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Dave Sulak — bass
  • Rick Czajka — rhythm/lead guitar (EP1 only)
  • Davey Medlock — background vocals
  • Don Jaskulske — background vocals
  • Jim DeVries — drums #1
  • Jim Kohl — drums #2

Gizmos #2[edit]

  • Ted Niemiec — lead vocals
  • Dale Lawrence — rhythm guitar
  • Steve Feikes — rhythm guitar
  • Billy Nightshade — bass
  • Phil Hundley — tambourine
  • Shadow Myers — drums
  • Don Jaskulske — background vocals

Gizmos #3[edit]

  • Dale Lawrence — vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Billy Nightshade — bass
  • Tim Carroll — guitar
  • Shadow Myers — drums #1
  • Crash Kinser — drums #2
  • Robbie Wise — drums #3

Gizmos #4[edit]

This is a re-union of the original 1976 line up.
Main members

  • Ken Highland — lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Eddie Flowers — lead vocals
  • Ted Niemiec — lead vocals
  • Rich Coffee — rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Davey Medlock — background vocals

Rhythm section #1

  • Ian Brewer — guitar
  • John Terrill — drums
  • Max Demata — bass

Rhythm section #2

  • Craig Bell — bass
  • Kelsey Simpson — drums
  • Sam Murphy — guitar

Rhythm secion #3

  • Kenny Kaiser — guitar
  • MJ Quirk — bass
  • Matt Burns — drums

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Gizmos #1

  • "Muff Divin'" EP (1976)
  • "Amerika First" EP (1977)
  • "World Tour" EP (1978)

Gizmos #2

  • "Never Mind The Sex Pistols Here's The Gizmos" EP (1978)

Gizmos #3

Compilations[edit]

  • 1975-1977: Demos & Rehearsals (2000) - Gizmos #1
  • 1976: The Rockabilly Yobs Session (2001) - Gizmos #1
  • The Midwest Can Be Allright (2001) - Gizmos #3
  • 1978-1981:Never Mind The Gizmos Here's The Gizmos (2002) - Gizmos #2 and #3
  • Rock & Roll Don't Come From New York (2004) - Gizmos #3
  • 1976/1977: The Studio Recordings (2006) - Gizmos #1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Jon (Sep 30, 2011). "Indiana Music Archive: The Gizmos". Indiana Music Archive. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Shepherd, Betsy (June 9, 2014). "Gizmos Resume “World Tour” 37 Years Later". Indiana Public Media. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Gizmos St. Louis Shows on Do314". DO314. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dage, Erin (July 4, 2014). "The Gizmos to play Hemlock on Monday". The Bay Bridged. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lindquist, David (June 13, 2014). "Original Gizmos wake up echoes of '70s punk rock". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved Aug 17, 2014. 

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