The Droogs

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The Droogs was an American rock group from Los Angeles, initially active between 1972 and 1992, with the majority of releases from the mid-1980s onwards.


The Droogs was formed by Ric Albin (vocals), Roger Clay (guitar), Paul Motter (bass), and Kyle Raven (drums).[1] Inspired by 1960s garage rock and with their early sound categorized by Trouser Press as "protopunk",[2] they released six singles during the 1970s (later collected on the Anthology album), with several changes of personnel in the rhythm section.[1][3]

The line-up stabilized in the early 1980s with David Provost (formerly of Dream Syndicate) on bass/keyboards and Jon Gerlach on drums. In the mid-1980s, the band was considered part of the Paisley Underground scene, but found greatest success in Europe, and in 1987 signed to the German label Music Maniac.[4]

The band split up in 2010, after a final album, 1997's Atomic Garage.


Singles, EPs[edit]

  • "He's Waiting" (1973)
  • "Overnight Success/Last Laugh" (1975)
  • "Set My Love on You" (1978)
  • "Only Game In Town/Garden Of My Mind" (1981)
  • Heads Examined EP (1983) Plug-n-socket


  • Memorial (1980) Stapled Chin Music (cassette only)
  • Stone Cold World (1984) Passport
  • Kingdom Day (1987) PVC
  • Anthology (1987) Music Maniac
  • Mad Dog Dreams (1990) Music Maniac
  • Live in Europe 1990 (1990) Music Maniac
  • Want Something (1991)
  • Guerilla Love-In (1991) Music Maniac
  • Atomic Garage (1997) Impossible Records


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (1999) "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
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  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1992) "The Guinness Who's Who of Indie & New Wave Music", Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-579-4
  4. ^ Harris, Craig, "Allmusic biography"

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