The Fleshtones

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Tags: garage rock garage rock garage rock revival seen live 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1976 in the Queens district of New York City, the Fleshtones were first heard on British shores as part of a ‘package’ tour in 1980 with the dB’s, the Raybeats and the Bush Tetras. Each band was different, drawing energy from punk but ideas from a myriad of other musical forms. In the Fleshtones’ case, Keith Streng (guitar), Peter Zaremba (vocals/keyboards), Jan-Marek Pakulski (bass) and Lenny Calderon (drums/vocals), this involved the fusion of the new wave with R&B and rockabilly. The quartet caught the attention of Miles Copeland’s I.R.S. Records label via their frantic live shows, with brothers Gordon Spaeth (1951, USA, d. 2005; saxophone/harmonica) and Brian Spaeth (saxophone) frequently joining them on stage. ‘American Beat’, their debut single from 1979, was released on the Red Star label before the band signed to I.R.S. With Bill Milhizer (ex-Harry Toledo Band) replacing Calderon as the band’s drummer,...

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