Redd Kross

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": power pop punk rock indie rock alternative alternative rock indie california garage punk punk rock 80s grunge hardcore powerpop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles, California, USA band was formed in 1979. Redd Kross melded elements of 70s glam-rock, 60s psychedelia and 80s heavy metal to become a popular ‘alternative’ act in the 80s. Originally called the Tourists, the band changed its name to Red Cross (they were later forced to change the spelling after the International Red Cross organization threatened to sue). At the beginning, the band consisted of 15-year-old Jeff McDonald as singer, his 11-year-old brother Steve on bass, Greg Hetson on guitar and Ron Reyes on drums. After gaining local recognition opening for such hardcore outfits as Black Flag, Red Cross made its first recordings in 1980 for a compilation album on the punk label Posh Boy Records. Shortly afterwards Hetson left to form the Circle Jerks and Reyes joined Black Flag. The band signed with manager John Silva, who went on to manage Nirvana and Sonic Youth following introductions by members of Redd Kross. Other musicians came and...

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