The Jetzons

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The Jetzons were an American new wave band originally based in Tempe, Arizona.

History[edit]

The band formed in 1981 after the demise of punk group Billy Clone & The Same, which disbanded due to the heroin overdose and death of bandleader Mike Corte. Former Billy Clone guitarist Bruce Connole and bassist Damon Doiron performed briefly as The Burning Flamingos, before adding keyboardist Brad Buxer and drummer Steve Golladay to form The Jetzons.[1][2]

After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, The Jetzons released the EP Made in United States. Tracks were recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles and Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA, as well as Pantheon Studios in Scottsdale, AZ.[3] The record was released on Pan American Records. Though the EP was well received by its fanbase and critics, Connole's own heroin addiction made him difficult to work with and uncooperative, stalling any progress at recording a follow-up and making touring outside of the Los Angeles area impossible. The group would go on to play their final gig in July 1983,[2] though they would not formally disband. By 1986, Connole had officially quit the band and returned to Tempe, and the subsequent formation of the country-inflected The Strand by Connole and Doiron signaled the ultimate demise of the Jetzons.[1][2][4] A Jetzons reunion gig was planned for New Year's Eve in 1991 but was canceled at the last minute due to a power outage.[1]

In 2009, independent label Fervor Records reissued Made in United States as The Complete Jetzons [5][6] and included several previously unreleased tracks. The Complete Jetzons was followed in 2013 by a further collection entitled The Lost Masters, which was also issued by Fervor.[7]

Influence[edit]

The band was at the forefront of establishing the Tempe music scene that would soon come to national prominence by the signing of many area bands to major record labels.[8][9] They were also a very popular live band, known for their mixture of covers and originals.[9][10]

“I remember when I first joined the band, someone said, "That's Robin. He's in a local group called the Gin Blossoms -- they're almost as good as the Jetzons." Man, I remember hearing that and, at the time, just to be considered in the same breath as those guys was better than selling a million records. That's how important they were.”[1] -Robin Wilson, singer, Gin Blossoms

Post Jetzons[edit]

After the Jetzons breakup, keyboardist Brad Buxer went on to work with Mathew Wilder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder and was musical director for Michael Jackson for over 18 years.[10][11][12] While Buxer worked in collaboration with Jackson, the duo composed music for the 1994 video game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which included synthesized, instrumental versions of the then unreleased Jetzons song "Hard Times".[13]

Guitarist and lead vocalist Bruce Connole has led a long list of bands including The Strand, The Cryptics,[14] The Pearl Chuckers,[15] and The Busted Hearts.[16] In the late 90s, Connole reunited with Buxer for the band The Suicide Kings, which has also used the name The Revenants at times to avoid legal problems.[4][10][17]

Bassist Damon Doiron has continued playing music, including a short-lived stint in 1985 as lead vocalist in Doug Hopkin's band Algebra Ranch,[9] as well as participating with Connole in the Strand in the late 80s. More recently, he has played in the pop band The Jennys.[1]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year Title
1982 Made in United States
  • Released: 1982
  • Format: 12" Vinyl
2013 The Lost Masters
  • Released: August 13, 2013
  • Format: Download

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