|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Years active||1976–1981, 1986, 1990, 2004–2005|
|Associated acts||The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies|
|Past members||John Denney
Nickey "Beat" Alexander
The Weirdos were an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. They formed in 1976 and broke up in 1981, were occasionally active in the 1980s, and recorded new material in the 1990s. Critic Mark Deming calls them "quite simply, one of the best and brightest American bands of punk's first wave."
The band was formed in 1976 by singer John Denney and his brother Dix on guitar, initially using the band names The Barbies and The Luxurious Adults. The sons of actress Dodo Denney, they were the only constant members, though guitarist/bassist Cliff Roman, bassist Dave Trout and drummer Nickey "Beat" Alexander were relatively long-term Weirdos.
Cliff Martinez, who briefly drummed for the band, went on to join The Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing on the latter's first two albums. Dix Denney was also close to becoming a member of the Chili Peppers. However, after many practices with Denney, things didn't work out and he was replaced by guitarist Jack Sherman. Zander Schloss, who would later join a reunited Weirdos lineup, also auditioned for the Chili Peppers when guitarist John Frusciante quit in 1992.
The Weirdos were originally an art rock band, and were featured in a news article featuring punk rock groups in Time magazine; thus the "punk" label stuck.
Cliff Roman later became an eighth-grade art and algebra teacher at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School in Northridge, CA.
The band is scheduled to appear at the 2013 Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas.
- Condor (1990), Frontier
- Live on the Radio (2008), Frontier
- Weird World 1977-1981 - Time Capsule Volume One (1991), Frontier
- We Got the Neutron Bomb - Weird World Volume Two 1977-1989 (2003), Frontier
- Destroy All Music (2007), Bomp!
- Who? What? When? Where? Why? EP (1979), Numbskull
- Action Design EP (1980), Rhino
- "Destroy All Music" (1977), Bomp!
- "We Got the Neutron Bomb" (1978), Dangerhouse
- "Skateboards to Hell" (1979), Numbskull
- Deming, Mark "Weird World, Vol. 1 Review", Allmusic, retrieved March 3, 2007
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 179
- The Weirdos at Allmusic
- The Weirdos on Myspace
- "Weirdoism" by John Denney, from: Fucked Up + Photocopied, edited by Bryan Ray Turcotte and Christopher T. Miller, 1999. ISBN 1-58423-083-5 (paperback), ISBN 1-58423-000-2 (hardcover).
- Official website
- "Profile on PunkRockers.com"
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