The Grave Diggers
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The Grave Diggers are of historical importance for; the unique music they performed, time frame in doing so, the established musicians who were involved with their growth and the music of substance band members went onto perform and record later.
The Grave Diggers (2 words) were a Southern California, rockabilly, Surf-instro, Quasi Jazz, 60's punk band who left no retro stone unturned musically, hence the name. Established in Early 1983 by friends and classmates Upright Bassist, Wally Hersom, Guitarist Michael " Mick" McCarthy, Singer/Guitarist, Jason Goodman and Drummer, Quinn Millard.
In 1985 they released the self recorded "Monsters At Play" EP on Mark Lee Goodale's Bobbette Records to follow years later in 1987 with "Move It" a full length LP released on Infamous raunch autourist Crypt Records with artwork provide by Cracked Magazines Mort Todd. "Move It" was recorded at Coyote studios in Brooklyn, New York over a 1-day session yielding 25 songs, some of which never released. Produced by Billy Childish of Thee Mighty Ceasers /Thee Headcoats / Milkshakes fame. The Grave Diggers after playing 2 nights in New York on Crypts Bad Music Seminar with Acts such as; The Raunch Hands, A-bones. The mighty Ceasers, Rat Bastards etc... returned to Socal to break up days later.
Recent reports of The Grave Diggers Bobbette EP have been sold at prices exceeding $300.00 per record, and the Move it LP listing at $260.00.
Wally Hersom went onto play and write with Big Sandy and the Fly-rite Boys, Mick McCarthy and Quinn Millard started Medicine Rattle and release a widely acclaimed record " Unbottled "Cargo Records Produced by Billy Zoom of X (American band) to become the short lived OC alt-rock darlings. Jason Goodman began performing Joe Altruda in with Jump With Joey .
The Grave Diggers eclectic mix of music is can now be viewed as a few steps ahead of its time. Playing Swing and Jazz before the outbreak of such bands as Royal Crown Review, Trash and 60's punk before the White Stripes, and on....
Recently in 2013 Tim Warren of Crypt Records rereleased The 1987 "Move It" as a double gate fold. The record features archival photos of the band with liner notes from acclaimed rock critic Chris Morris and Bobbette Records owner Mark Lee Goodale. Unfortunately the 10 additional songs from the infamous Brooklyn sessions are yet to be recovered.