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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1995–1997
Labels Interscope
Members Eric Pressly
Gary Clark
Keely Hawkes

Transister was an alternative rock band, formed in late 1995 in Los Angeles, by music industry veterans from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Despite only having released one album to moderate sales, their work has been featured on a number of film soundtracks. The band was fronted by Keely Hawkes, the sister of Chesney Hawkes (daughter of Len 'Chip' Hawkes).


Transister's formation was the culmination of various collaborations between songwriter Eric Pressly, former Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and vocalist Keely Hawkes. Hawkes first made use of Pressly's songwriting on her 1993 solo debut for EMI, while Pressly and Clark first worked together in the band King L in 1995. The three were encouraged by the results of their early songwriting attempts, and decided to release a six-song EP on their own record label.

Transister began to attract major label attention after KCRW DJ Christopher Douridas played a few of the self-recorded tracks on Morning Becomes Eclectic in early 1996. Interscope Records released Transister's self-titled debut in the US in 1997; UK and international distribution was handled by Virgin Records. Tracks from the album were featured on a number of film soundtracks, including Night Watch, Wild Things, Jawbreaker, Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels and Cheaters. Although members of the band have since gone on to other projects, Hawkes and Pressly maintained a relationship and were married on January 8, 2005.

Their song "Look Who's Perfect Now" was their only foray into the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 56 in May 1998.[1]



  • Transister (Interscope, 1997)

Transister (Virgin records 1998)

1. Look Who's Perfect Now 2. Weather Boy 3. I Saw Red 4. Dizzy Moon 5. Then I Walked Away 6. Head 7. What You Are 8. Stars Collide 9. Day #1 10. Falling Off The World 11. Flow


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 564. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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