Zakary Thaks

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Zakary Thaks
Zakary Thaks 1966.jpg
Zakary Thaks 1966
Background information
OriginCorpus Christi, Texas,
United States
GenresGarage rock, psychedelic rock
Years active1966-1970, 2005
LabelsJ-Beck, Mercury, ABC-Dunhill, Cee-Bee, Thak Records
Associated actsMarauders, Riptides
Past membersChris Gerniottis
Pete Stinson
Rex Gregory
John Lopez
Stan Moore

The Zakary Thaks were an American garage rock band from Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, which formed in the mid-1960s.[1]

The band developed out of the Marauders, a teen group which included Chris Gerniottis (vocals), Pete Stinson (guitar), and Rex Gregory (bass), and who then became the Riptides, adding lead guitarist John Lopez. By 1966, they had acquired a new drummer, Stan Moore, and had become the Zakary Thaks – the name being a mutated version of one seen in a magazine.[2][3]

Influenced by blues guitarists as well as British and American groups of the period, the band soon gained local popularity. Their first record, for the local J-Beck label, combined an original composition, "Bad Girl", with a Kinks song, "I Need You". Released in mid-1966, it became a regional hit and was picked up nationally by Mercury Records. Its success won the band a spot supporting their heroes The Yardbirds.[4]

A second single, "Face To Face" was less successful, but the band continued to tour, supporting acts including Jefferson Airplane and the 13th Floor Elevators. Later singles showed the band taking a more pop-focused approach.[1] By 1968, Gerniottis had left the band for a while to join another group, the Liberty Bell,[1] but returned later. However, the band did not repeat its early success, splitting up in the early 1970s.

In 1979, "Bad Girl" was included on the Volume 2 of the Pebbles anthology of mid-1960s garage bands,[1] and has maintained its renown among collectors of the genre. The song was also included on disc four of the 1998 four-disc Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 box set. A compilation of the band's singles was issued in May 2001. In 2015, a compilation called It's the End: The Definitive Collection was released and contained all of the group's master recordings from all six singles for the first time.

Drummer Stan Moore died in 2000.[5] In 2004 and 2005, remaining members of the band reformed to perform at festivals. Bassist Rex Gregory died on January 18, 2008.[6]

Singles Discography[edit]

Title Year Label Catalog Number Notes[7]
"Bad Girl"
b/w "I Need You"
July 1966 J-Beck J-1006 Later released on Mercury 72633
"Face to Face"
b/w "Weekday Blues"
February 1967 J-Beck J-1009
b/w "Won't Come Back"
June 1967 J-Beck J-1101
"Mirror Of Yesterday"
b/w "Can You Hear Daddy's Footsteps"
November 1967 J-Beck J-1103
"My Door"
b/w "Green Crystal Ties"
1968 Thak 1001
"Everybody Wants To Be Somebody"
b/w "Outprint"
1969 Thak 1005


  1. ^ a b c d Richie Unterberger. "Zakary Thaks | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "It's Psychedelic Baby Mag Interview with Chris Gerniottis". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Ben Graham (June 26, 2015). A Gathering of Promises: The Battle for Texas's Psychedelic Music...Zakary Thaks. ISBN 9781782790938. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Texas State Historical Association article - Zakary Thaks". Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2000". Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2008 January to June". Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Zakary Thaks Discography". Retrieved June 1, 2017.