Royal Crown Revue
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|Royal Crown Revue|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Labels||BYO Records, Surfdog Records, Warner Bros. Records, RCR Records|
|Associated acts||Youth Brigade|
|Past members||James Achor
The Royal Crown Revue (RCR) is a band formed in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. They are often credited with starting the Swing Revival movement. The band also filmed an episode of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", which aired in March 2010.
The band was founded by Mark Stern, Eddie Nichols and Mando Dorame out of their love of Rockabilly, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Soul and other styles of roots music. Two of Stern's siblings, Jamie and Adam rounded out the group (Mark, Adam and another brother Shawn were members of the punk band Youth Brigade).
After releasing their first album on BYO Records, the band signed with Warner Bros. and parted ways with the Stern brothers. Currently, RCR's lineup consists of singer Eddie Nichols, tenor saxophonist/arranger/writer Mando Dorame, and drummer Daniel Glass. The band continues to play to capacity crowds in Australia, Europe and the US.
After filming The Mask, RCR began a residency at the landmark Los Angeles club, The Derby, which gained worldwide recognition  due, in large part, to the location's inclusion in the hit film Swingers. Although the band's music was an instrumental part of The Derby's swing scene, a conflict in their Warner Brothers contract prevented Royal Crown Revue from appearing in the movie.
RCR made numerous film, television, radio and print appearances, including The Mask, Golden Gate, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Viva Variety, The Today Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 1998 the group appeared at the Playboy Jazz Festival, recorded and performed live with Bette Midler at the Billboard Music Awards and composed the original theme for the WB Network's 1999 television season.
Current band members
- Eddie Nichols - Vocals
- Jennifer Keith - Vocals
- Mando Dorame - Tenor sax
- Daniel Glass - Drums
- Dave Miller - Bass
- Mark Cally - Guitar
- Jim Jedeikin - Baritone sax/Alto sax
- Lee Thornburg - Trumpet (alternate)
- Mark Pinder - Trumpet (alternate)
- (note: Jim Honeyman is credited as the Baritone sax/Alto sax on the Live At The Corner Hotel album)
Former band members
- James Achor - Guitar
- Enrico Crivellaro - Guitar
- Greg Erba - Guitar
- Veikko Lepisto - Bass
- Adam Stern - Bass
- Mark Stern - Drums
- Jamie Stern - Alto sax
- Bill Ungerman - Alto sax/Baritone sax
- Scott Steen - Trumpet
- Kings Of Gangster Bop (Big Daddy Records/BYO, 1991)
- Hey Santa!!! ((Big Daddy Records/BYO, 1992) two-song EP.
- Mugzy's Move (Warner Bros. Records, 1996) re-released in 1998, adding on the bonus track "Barflies At The Beach".
- Caught In The Act [live] (Surfdog Records/WEA, 1997)
- The Contender (Warner Bros. Records, 1998)
- Walk On Fire (Side One Dummy Records, 1999)
- Passport To Australia [live] (Kufala Recordings, 2000; Disc Union, 2005)
- Greetings From Hollywood: A Review of The Revue 1994-2004 (RCR Records, 2005) compilation of previously unreleased material, including their rare 1994 five-song demo Hollywood Tales.
- El Toro (RCR/Kufala Recordings, 2007) six-song EP.
- Live At The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Australia (Liveband.com.au, 2007)
- Don't Be A Grinch This Year! (RCR Records, 2010)
From 1996 through 1998, the Royal Crown Revue was engaged in a lawsuit with the Amazing Royal Crowns after much confusion with promoters. In accordance with a July 1998 settlement, the latter band changed its name to the Amazing Crowns; in exchange, the Revue agreed to drop the lawsuit. The band was also sued by Royal Crown Cola, and won that suit. Oddly, RC Cola later offered to sell RCR's CD through a series of marketing promotions. Royal Crown Revue appeared as a question on the Jeopardy! game show with the reference answer being the RC Cola lawsuit.
Notes and references
- Vale, V.; Marian Wallace (1998). Swing! The New Retro Renaissance. V/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-02-5.
- Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing. San Francisco, California: Miller Freeman Books. pp. 452–453, 475. ISBN 0-87930-600-9.
- Youth Brigade bio, retrieved 2010-11-30
- Let Them Know The Story Of Youth Brigade and BYO Records, Byo records 2009
- Milkowski, Bill (2001). Swing It: An Annotated History of Jive. Bob Nikard, ed., and Alison Hagge, ed. New York, New York: Billboard Books. pp. 245–246. ISBN 0-8230-7671-7.
- VH1.com : Amazing Crowns : The Amazing Royal Crowns To Change Name - Rhapsody Music Downloads