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 dBs, 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 Copelands 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 bands drummer,...
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