Pearl Harbor and the Explosions

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Pearl Harbor and the Explosions
GenresAlternative rock, new wave
Years active1978–1982
Associated actsTranslator
Romeo Void
Wire Train
The Mutants
Past membersPearl E. Gates
Peter Bilt
John Stench
Hilary Stench

Pearl Harbor and the Explosions was a musical act from San Francisco, California, United States. Forming in 1979, the new wave band had limited success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with their debut single, "Drivin'", reaching the lower end of the American Billboard chart in 1980.[1] Around this time, they released a self-titled LP which included the song "Shut Up and Dance", which received considerable airplay, particularly in the Bay Area.[2] The vocalist, Pearl E. Gates (also known as "Pearl Harbor", and later "Pearl Harbour" (British and Canadian spelling),[1] would eventually marry Clash bassist Paul Simonon. Gates had been a part of the Leila and the Snakes live shows, prior to forming the band.[1] After Gates left the band, the remaining members, Peter Bilt and the Stench brothers (stage names for John and Hilary Hanes) performed as Peter Bilt and the Expressions.[3]


Cut a very well crafted album with the Clash as her backup band called "Don't Follow Me... I'm lost too" circa 1980


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 378. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
  2. ^ "Pearl Harbor & The Explosions album review". Retrieved 2008-05-12.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Peter Bilt and the Expressions @ The Mabuhay Gardens on August 07, 1981 - Rate Your Music". Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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