The Strait Jackets initially consisted of three members: Robert "Bobby" Woodrich on vocals and bass guitar, Lester Esser on guitar and vocals, and Allen Esser on drums. The band later added a second guitarist, Darren Rademaker. Playing places like the Buffalo Roadhouse, Ms. Lucky's, a biker club called My Back Yard, the Tampa Theatre and other venues, the Strait Jackets were most likely the first punk band in the Tampa area to perform original material. Zenith Nadir, an early punk cover band, were a certain inspiration to the burgeoning punk scene in Tampa, but more importantly they became the inspiration for Woodrich and Esser to form a band who wrote their own songs and, in 1978, this became the Strait Jackets. The band also appeared on occasion on the Pam Wiener and John Dubrule punk radio show on WMNF. The band lasted three years, breaking up in the middle of the recording of their first album in 1980. Each band member went their own way in the new post-punk era forming new groups.