Deth Specula

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Deth Specula is a Santa Cruz "neo-bronto" five-piece rock band. Deth Specula was one of the first ten bands on The Internet Underground Music Archive and used the Internet to broadcast a live music concert from the Cowell Courtyard at the SCO Forum held on the University of California in Santa Cruz on August 23, 1994. This was the first time a live music concert was broadcast over the Internet and the second netcast ever. The first song ever broadcast in a live concert over the Internet was "Internet Band", a Deth Specula parody of the Grand Funk Railroad song "We're An American Band".


Deth Specula was a 1990s band with roots in early 1970s hard rock and style drawing on 1980s punk pop. They began as a punk parody band and later developed into "neo-bronto" rock.[1]


  • Tim Ruckle / Timmy Rotarian - Lead vocals
  • Kameran Kashani / Malcom McCameron - Lead guitar
  • Marty Stevens / Kozmo - Rhythm guitar and vocals
  • Jon Luini / yam - Bass and vocals
  • Robert Boucher / rAsTRo! - Drums and percussion
  • Eric Davis / Sharky - Engineer

The bassist, Jon Luini is one of the three founders of the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA), a pioneering online music website formed in 1993.[2][3]


Deth Specula formed in 1989 to create a rock video parody of the Sex Pistols song Anarchy in the U.K. called "Anarchy at SCO" for use in the SCO Follies, a company sponsored musical comedy revue produced each year by the employees.[4] Deth Specula continued to make video parodies for the SCO Follies in subsequent years and branched out into playing at local night clubs.[5][6] On March 9, 1994 CNN used the Deth Specula original "Careening Continental" as the lead in and out for their "Showbiz News" segment on IUMA.[7] On August 23, 1994 the band broadcast a live concert over the Mbone.[8][9][10][11][12] In 1995 they played in the UniForum Battle of the Bands in Dallas, Texas.[13]

Over time Deth Specula became more of an original rock and ballad band than a parody group although they retained their sense of humor as evidenced by originals like "Baboon Liver", "Crop Killer", "Reagan Mask", "Gutterslut", and "Get Even More".[14][15]

Current status[edit]

Deth Specula performed at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, California on February 2, 2008 for the Bruce Steinberg memorial. It's A Beautiful Day opened for them.[16]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Malcom McCameron (1994-08-23). "Deth Specula Band Bio". Deth Specula ( Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  2. ^ David Pescovitz (1995-08-30). "It's All Geek to Them; Digital Communes Find a Social Scene in Computers". Business section, The Cutting Edge: COMPUTING / TECHNOLOGY / INNOVATION. Los Angeles Times. p. 1. Archived from the original on 1995-08-30. Retrieved 2008-04-21. ...27-year-old Jon Luini, who co-founded the hip Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) in 1993 
  3. ^ Maurer, Wendy. "THE DYNAMICS OF MUSIC DISTRIBUTION". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  4. ^ Marino, Steve. "SCO Follies videos on YouTube". Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Deth Specula Fanline - March 10, 1994". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Deth Specula Fanline - April 27, 1994". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  7. ^ Boucher, Robert. "IUMA on CNN (3/9/1994)". Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  8. ^ Strauss, Neil, "Rolling Stones Live on Internet: Both a Big Deal and a Little Deal", New York Times, Nov 22, 1994, p. C15.
  9. ^ Hafner, Katie, "The MBone: Can't You Hear It Knocking", Newsweek, Dec 5, 1994.
  10. ^ Malcom McCameron (1994-08-23). "S.F. BAY AREA BAND DETH SPECULA ROCKS THE INTERNET WITH LIVE, COMPUTER NETWORK BROADCAST". Deth Specula ( Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  11. ^ Internet Underground Music Archive (1994-08-23). "Deth Specula Live at the SCO Forum". Internet Underground Music Archive. Archived from the original on 1999-02-02. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  12. ^ Jon R. Luini (1994-08-23). "MediaCast Company Information". MediaCast ( Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  13. ^ "Deth Specula Fanline - March 8, 1995". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  14. ^ Weasels and Cream, Deth Specula audio cassette tape
  15. ^ "Deth Specula Fanline - January 25, 1994". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  16. ^ Hunt, Evan (2008-01-24). "Bruce Steinberg Memorial status reports". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  17. ^ Deth Specula (1994-08-23). "Deth Specula Compilation Video". Deth Specula ( Retrieved 2009-08-29. 

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