Sun City Girls

Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed in 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, this wildly eclectic and disorientating underground trio evolved from a local band named Paris 1984 (who also featured Maureen Tucker of the Velvet Underground). Sun City Girls was officially formed in 1982 by brothers Alan Bishop and Richard Bishop and percussionist Charles Gocher (1953, USA, d. 19 February 2007, Seattle, USA). Their name derived from a projected retirement community close to Phoenix.

In common with other counter-culture theorists such as Negativland and Consolidated, the trio embarked on a career clouded by misinformation and media pranks. Their first performance came as support to hardcore band Black Flag before a bemused punk rock crowd - it would not be the last audience they would confound. In addition to the LPs, CDs and cassettes listed, the band has issued over a hundred 7-inch singles and contributed to countless compilations. Their productions have incorporated, at various...

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