Tuff Darts was an American punk rock band. They were one of the first bands to establish an audience at CBGB. They reached their greatest fame in the mid-late 1970s with such songs as "Slash", "(Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste" and their biggest hit single, "All For The Love of Rock and Roll." The band appeared at popular New York City clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGB and featured Robert Gordon (musician) (vocals), Jeff Salen (guitar), Bobby Butani (guitar), John DeSalvo (bass), and Jim Morrison (drums). This was the original band that was on the "Live at CBGB's" compilation record. After parting ways with Gordon, the band found new lead singer Tommy Frenzy. In 1978 the group released Tuff Darts!, on Sire Records, produced by Bob Clearmountain and Tony Bongiovi, shortly before disbanding.
Tuff Darts reunited in 2002 to play a gig upon the release of Tuff Darts! on compact disc (CD). They subsequently played several additional shows and recorded one more album, 2007's You Can't Keep A Good Band Down. It was released only in Japan.
In 2009 Spectra Records released two albums worldwide, Here Comes Trouble and You Can't Keep a Good Band Down. Tuff Darts!, You Can't Keep a Good Band Down and Here Comes Trouble are now available as downloads on iTunes and other sites.
Tuff Darts have been performing since 2011 with a reformed lineup in and around New York City.
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