Channel 3 (band)

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Channel 3
Also known as CH3
Origin Cerritos, California, USA
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1980–present
Labels Posh Boy TKO Records
Website [1]
Members Mike Magrann
Kimm Gardener
Anthony Thompson
Alf Silva
Past members Larry Kelly
Mike Burton
Jack DeBaun
Mike Dimkich
Dusty Watson

Channel 3, also known as CH3, is a punk rock band from Cerritos, California.[1]


Channel 3 was formed in 1980 by Mike Magrann (vocals, guitar), Kimm Gardner (guitar), Larry Kelly (bass) and Mike Burton (drums), in the suburban community of Cerritos, South Los Angeles, California. Their first release was an EP on Californian label Posh Boy Records in 1981. Manzanar, a track from this EP was played heavily by UK disc jockey John Peel.[2]

In 1982, Jack DeBaun become their new drummer[3] and Fear of Life was retitled I’ve Got A Gun in the UK with some differences in the track-listing.[4]

Their next release, After The Lights Go Out, failed to recapture the interest that accompanied their first UK single. Former member of The Simpletones and Ex-Stepmother Jay Lansford joined the band in 1984. Their 1985 collection for Enigma Records (with Dusty Watson on drums) revealed that the band had navigated the transition to a more straightforward rock format.[5]



  • Fear of Life (1982, Posh Boy Records)
  • After the Lights Go Out (1983, Posh Boy Records)
  • Last Time I Drank... (1985, Enigma Records)
  • Rejected (1989, Lone Wolf Records, Fringe Product Records)
  • CH3 (2002, Dr. Strange Records)
  • One More For All My True Friends (2008, TKO Records)

Singles & EP[8][edit]

  • CH 3 (1981, 12", Posh Boy)
  • I've Got A Gun (1982, 7", No Future Records)
  • I'll Take My Chances / How Come? (1983, 7", Posh Boy Records)
  • Airborne (1984, 12", Enigma Records)
  • Indian Summer / Separate Peace (1991, 7", Posh Boy Records)
  • One More For All My True Friends (2007, 7", Suburbia Records)
  • Land of the Free (2012, 7", Hostage Records)
  • History (2014, 7", Hostage Records)


  • I've Got a Gun (1982, No Future Records)
  • The Skinhead Years (1989, Posh Boy Records)
  • To Whom It May Concern: The 1981 Demos (2009, TKO Records)


  • Kimm Gardener (guitar)
  • Larry Kelly (bass)
  • Mike Magrann (vocals, guitar)
  • Jack Debaun (drums)
  • Jay Lansford (drums)
  • Matt Young (drums)
  • Mike Burton (drums)
  • Dusty Watson (drums)
  • Anthony Thompson (bass)
  • Alf Silva (drums)


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