Formed in the Bronx, New York, USA, in 1964 and initially known as the Trenchcoats and then the Bloos Magoos, the founding line-up comprised Emil Peppy Thielhelm (16 June 1949; vocals/guitar), Dennis LaPore (lead guitar), Ralph Scala (b. 12 December 1947; organ/vocals), Ronnie Gilbert (b. 25 April 1946; bass) and John Finnegan (drums), but by the end of the year LaPore and Finnegan had been replaced by Mike Esposito (b. Delaware, USA) and Geoff Daking (b. Delaware, USA). The group quickly became an important part of the emergent Greenwich Village rock scene and in 1966 secured a residency at the fabled Night Owl club. Having recorded singles for Ganim and Verve Forecast, the band was signed to Mercury Records, where they became the subject of intense grooming. However, Vidal Sassoon-styled haircuts and luminous costumes failed to quash an innate rebelliousness, although the group enjoyed one notable hit when (We Aint Got) Nothin...