The Weirdos

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The Weirdos
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1976–1981, 1986, 1990, 2004–2005
Labels Frontier, Bomp!
Associated acts The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies
Website http://www.theweirdos.net/
Past members Ommund Robstad (The Weirdo)
John Denney
Dix Denney
Cliff Roman
David Trout
Nickey "Beat" Alexander
Cliff Martinez
Billy Persons
Danny Benair
Willy Williams
Art Fox
Zander Schloss
Sean Antillon

The Weirdos are 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."[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.

The band broke up in 1981, but reunited several times, recording 1990 album Condor.[2] A 2004 reunion included Circle Jerks bassist Zander Schloss and The Skulls drummer Sean Antillon in the lineup.

Cliff Roman later became an eighth-grade art and algebra teacher at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School in Northridge, CA.

L.A. based rock band Symbol Six states that The Weirdos were one of their biggest influences in forming and recently covered 'The Hideout' which was released by Dr. Strange Records even creating a tribute video honoring them.

The band appeared at the 2013 Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas and are currently touring the United States.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Condor (1990), Frontier
  • Live on the Radio (2008), Frontier

Compilations[edit]

  • 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!

EPs[edit]

  • Who? What? When? Where? Why? (1979), Numbskull
  • Action Design (1980), Rhino

Singles[edit]

  • "Destroy All Music" (1977), Bomp!
  • "We Got the Neutron Bomb" (1978), Dangerhouse
  • "Skateboards to Hell" (1979), Numbskull

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark "Weird World, Vol. 1 Review", Allmusic, retrieved March 3, 2007
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 179
  3. ^ https://punkrockbowling.com/2013-festival-schedule/

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