July 29, 2010

(The Toasters - no confusing with the other one . . at all)

The L.A. scene was all over the place genre-wise in 1979. With bands like Fear, X and so many others filling the venues in Hollywood, there was also the quasi-punk/garage/skinny tie/Farfisa Beat bands like The Knack that had a more universal commercial appeal (i.e. good for airplay), filling the venues on the Strip and frankly, there was enough room in L.A. to support just about everybody.

The Toasters (not to be confused with the New York Ska band of the same name) came along and gave it a shot. They got a reasonable amount of airplay and word-of-mouth and played at most of the venues around the Strip (The Starwood being a sort of "honorary" strip venue). But after spending a goodly amount of time in 1982 doing a demo for RCA which failed to click they slugged on and eventually gave up the ghost in the mid-1980's.

This is one of their singles (I believe they released two), Stuck On You which was released on their own Bagel Records.

If you couldn't get someone to do it for you, you had to do it yourself.

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