The Alley Cats (punk rock band)
The Alley Cats
Alley Cats flyer for August 7, 1982 show at Night Train, Tucson, Arizona.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Years active||1977–1982, 2015–present|
|Labels||Dangerhouse, Time Coast|
|Members||Randy Stodola, Apryl Cady, Matt Laskey|
|Past members||Dianne Chai, John McCarthy|
later members as The Zarkons:
Terry Cooley, Freda Rente
reformations after 2010:
Paula O'Rourke, Pam Jag, Malti Kennedy, Joe Barile
The Alley Cats are a Los Angeles, California-based punk rock trio formed in 1977. The original line-up, featuring Randy Stodola (guitar and vocals), Dianne Chai (bass and vocals) and John McCarthy (drums), was a fixture of the early L.A. punk rock scene. Originally signed to Dangerhouse Records alongside other seminal California-based punk bands including the Bags, Black Randy and the Metro Squad, and X, they released their first single "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" backed with "Give Me a Little Pain" on March 30, 1978. They are among the six bands featured on the 1979 compilation album Yes L.A. and appear in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War.
- 1981 - Nightmare City
- 1982 - Escape From The Planet Earth
- 1985 - Riders In The Long Black Parade (as The Zarkons)
- 1985 - Between the Idea & the Reality…Falls the Shadow (as The Zarkons)
- 2007 - 1979-1982 (Anthology)
Singles and EPs
Soundtracks and compilations
- 1979 - Yes L.A. (compilation)
- 1981 - Urgh! A Music War (soundtrack)
- 1991 - Dangerhouse, Vol. 1 (compilation)
- 1993 - Dangerhouse, Vol. 2: Give Me A Little Pain! (compilation)
- 1996 - Live From the Masque, Vol. 2: We We Can Can Do Do What What (compilation)
- 1981 - Urgh! A Music War
- 2011 - The Alley Cats Live at the Whiskey A Go Go
- Morris, Chris (2016). "You Better Shut Up and Listen". In Doe, John; DeSavia, Tom (eds.). Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk. Da Capo Press. p. 64-65. ISBN 978-0306824081.
- Dangerhouse, Breakmyface.com, Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- The Alley Cats--Nothing Means Nothing Anymore, Thep5.blogspot.com, Retrieved July 31, 2010.
- Urgh! A Music War. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Gehman, Pleasant. "The Alley Cats", In 1979-1982 [CD booklet], Tarzana, Calif., Time Coast Music, May 2007.
- Between the Idea & the Reality…Falls the Shadow. Nothin′ Sez Somethin′. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- The Zarkons - Riders In The Long Black Parade (1985), Azlocal.blogspot.com, Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Bernadicou, August (January 8, 2015). "Just an Alley Cat: Randy Stodola Speaks!". Teenagenewszine.wordpress.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- James, Falling (November 11, 2014). "Classic L.A. Punk Bands Were Still Rude and Relevant at Dangerhouse Records Night". Laweekly.com. Retrieved November 16, 2020.