The Fuzztones

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The Fuzztones
Rudi Protrudi live with the Fuzztones, Barcelona, June 2008
Rudi Protrudi live with the Fuzztones, Barcelona, June 2008
Background information
OriginNew York City
GenresGarage rock revival, psychedelic rock
Years active1980–present
MembersRudi Protrudi
Lana Loveland
Eric Geevers
Marco Rivagli
Past membersDeb O'Nair
Ira Elliot
Michael Jay
Elan Portnoy
Jason Savall
John Carlucci
Jordan Tarlow
Mike Czekaj
Jake Cavaliere
Gabriel Hammond
Philip Arriagada
Mark Lane
Fez Wrecker
Andrea Kusten
Lenny Svilar
Rob Louwers
Oliver Pilsner
David Thorpe

The Fuzztones are an American garage rock revival band formed in 1982.[2]


Founded by singer-guitarist Rudi Protrudi in New York City, the band has gone through several member changes but is currently active in Europe. Dismissed by some critics and listeners as a "bar band" or unoriginal, they maintained a strong fan base in New York, in Europe (with their music being played on Hungarian State Radio), and in Los Angeles.

Rudi Protrudi moved to Los Angeles in 1987, after the breakup of the original band, to organize a new Fuzztones, consisting of Jordan Tarlow (lead guitar), John "Speediejohn" Carlucci (bass guitar), Jason Savall (Vox combo organ), and "Mad" Mike Czekaj (drums). This lineup bears the distinction of being the only 1980's garage rock revival band to secure a major label record deal,[citation needed] when they signed to RCA.

The group's name is derived from Fuzz Tone, the commercial name of a guitar effect pedal invented in 1962 and whose distinctive sound was popularized in the 1965 hit song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.


Current members[edit]

  • Rudi Protrudi – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Lana Loveland – organ, backing vocals
  • Eric Geevers – bass, backing vocals
  • Marco Rivagli – drums, backing vocals

Current touring members[edit]

  • Nico Secondini – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Marcello Salis – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Rodas – bass

Founder members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

  • Lysergic Emanations (1985) #12 UK Indie[4]
  • In Heat (1989)
  • Braindrops (1991)
  • Monster A-Go-Go (1992)
  • Salt for Zombies (2003)
  • Horny as Hell (2008)
  • Preaching to the Perverted (2011)
  • NYC (2020)
  • Encore (2022)

Live albums[edit]

  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Fuzztones Live 12-inch EP (1984, United States Midnight Records MIRLP114B)
    • reissued in 2006 on 12-inch EP by Italy Get Back Records
    • reissued in 2015 on 12-inch LP by Cleopatra record USA (original four tracks on A side and bonus tracks on B side), also available on cd (same running time and track list)
  • Leave Your Mind at Home (12-inch EP, 1984, United States Midnight Records - MIRLP105)
  • Lysergic Love/Lovely Sort of Death (1986, Furlined Vulcano/Purple Helmut) (bootleg live album)
  • Live in Europe! flexidisc (1987, Germany Music Maniac Records MM06)
    • reissued in 2006 on 12-inch LP with gatefold sleeve by Italy Get Back Records
      • First 1,000 copies contain one-sided 7-inch picture disc of the Glora flexidisc
  • Blue Themes/13 Women And The Only Man Around (1988, Mint Minus Records MMR666) live bootleg
    • Blue Theme (1987) - German bootleg of above
  • In Heat Tour souvenir 10-inch picture disc (1989, United Kingdom Situation Two Records SIT 61)
  • Lysergic Ejaculations CD (1994, Germany Music Maniac Records MM052)
  • LSD 25: 25 Years of Fuzz and Fury CD & DVD (2005, Sin 002 / Italy Get Back Records GET138)
  • Lord Have Mercy On My Soul (Recorded at Lincoln Lounge, Venice, CA. - 7-inch single, 2005, Twist, Twist 34)
  • Live at the Dive '85 12-inch LP, CD (2023, Italy Area Pirata Records)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Creatures that Time Forgot (LP/CD,1989, Germany, Music Maniac - MMLP020/United States Skycad CD/LP HEAD 64CD/HEAD 64)
  • Teen Trash Vol. 4 12-inch LP/CD (1993, Germany Music Maniac MM88004)
  • Flashbacks (1996, Sundazed Music SC11045)
  • Lysergic Legacy – The Very Best Of (2013, Cleopatra Records)

Singles and EPs[edit]

Title Side A Side B Notes
Bad News Travels Fast
  • Bad News Travels Fast
  • Brand New Man (And A Brand New Car)
7-inch single,1984, United States, Midnight, MID4504 - 12-inch EP reissued in 1986 in United Kingdom by ABC, ABCS 011T and in 2006 by Spain Munster, REF.7199

Charts: #20 UK Indie [4]

She's Wicked
  • She's Wicked
  • Epitaph For A Head
7-inch / 12-inch EP, 1986, United Kingdom - ABC Records - ABCS 006/ABCS 006T

Charts: #5 UK Indie [4]

  • 1-2-5

7" split album,1986 - Enigma Europe - CARA 1D 223

  • Gloria
flexidisc,1987, Germany Music Maniac, free with first 5,000 copies of Live in Europe!, Rat Scabies and Doctor and the Medics appear on the song "Gloria"
Nine Months Later
  1. Nine Months Later (Written-By – Rudi Protrudi 4:56)
  2. Girl, You Captivate Me (Written-By – R. Martinez* 2:21)
  1. Cheyenne Rider (Written-By – J. Tarlow, M. Czekaj 3:06)
  2. The Greatest Lover In The World (Written-By – E. McDaniels* 2:30)
12-inch EP, 1988, Germany, Music Maniac MM013) reissued in UK in 1989 on 12-inch EP and 7-inch single by UK Situation Two - SIT 61T - Reissued in UK in 1989 on 12-inch EP and 7-inch single by UK Situation Two - SIT 61T
Nine Months Later
  • Nine Months Later
  1. You Must Be A Witch
  2. Down on the Street (feat. Ian Astbury - 12-inch EP only)
1989 - 12-inch EP and 7-inch single by UK Situation Two - SIT 61T

Charts: #20 UK Indie [4]

Hurt on Hold
  • Hurt on Hold
  1. Jack the Ripper
  2. I Can't Control Myself (12-inch EP only)
7-inch single / 12-inch EP, 1989, UK, Situation Two, SIT 58 T
  1. Action Speaks Louder Than Words - 2:15
  2. I Never Knew - 3:18
  1. Yeah Babe - 3:21
  2. My Nothing - 2:02
12-inch EP / CD, 1990, UK, Situation Two, SIT 69 T
Romilar D
  1. Romilar D (Alternate Version) - 3:58
  2. Rise - 3:49
  1. Romilar D (Espanol)
  2. Romilar D (Italiano)
12-inch EP - 1992, UK, Music Maniac, MM 12004
Face Of Time/My Brother The Man
  • Face Of Time - 3:05
  • My Brother The Man - 2:13
7-inch single, US, 1994, RAFR
The People In Me/I'm Gonna Make You Mine
  • I'm Gonna Make You Mine
1998, Misty Lane - FREE with issue #16
One Girl Man
  • One Girl Man
  1. You Must Be a Witch - 2:41
  2. I'm Gonna Make You Mine - 2:29
7-inch single, 1998, USA, Sundazed Music, SEP 139
Help, Murder, Police
  • Help, Murder, Police - 2:01
  1. Out Of Our Tree - 3:29
  2. Brand New Man (Brand New Version) - 2:37
7-inch single, 2001, Italy, Teen Sound TEENS-021-A
Idol Chatter/A Wristwatch Band
  • Idol Chatter
  • A Wristwatch Band
7-inch single, 2002, Italy, Beard of Stars BOSS32
Hallucination Generation
  • Hallucination Generation
7-inch single, 2002, Mexico, Darkzone, DZ01
Lord Have Mercy On My Soul
  • Lord Have Mercy On My Soul (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • They're Gonna Take You Away (Rudi Protrudi)
7-inch single, 2005, UK, Twist Records, TWIST34
  • Strychnine
  • She's Wicked
7-inch single, 2020, UK, Easy Action, EA45038
Born to Be Wild
  • Born to Be Wild (instrumental)
7-inch single, 2022, US, Cleopatra Records, CLO2951SP-SPLAT

Tributes and other appearances[edit]

  • Illegitimate Spawn double CD (Tribute album to The Fuzztones featuring 42 bands - 2006, Sin Records SIN003)
  • Songs We Taught The Fuzztones 2×CD (Original versions of songs played by the Fuzztones - 1989, Germany Music Maniac MMCD 66002)
  • The Fuzztones Boom 10-inch EP / CD (The Sonics tribute album - 2006, Beyond Your Mind Records)
  1. A1 - Caught You Red-Handed
  2. A2 - Cinderella
  3. A3 - The Witch
  4. B1 - Have Love Will Travel
  5. B2 - Strychnine
  6. B3 - Boss Hoss
  • Born to Be Wild (Ann-Margret album, featured on the title track- 2023, Cleopatra Records)

Compilation appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Matt Carison "The Fuzztones - Biography" "" Retrieved Oct. 27, 2017
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1995). Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave 2E. Firebird Distributing. ISBN 0-85112-657-X.
  3. ^ Fuzztones at Discogs
  4. ^ a b c d "Indie Hits "F"". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2022.

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