Bob Stubbs Partial Musical Biography
I started playing drums at age 10 because of a band called "the Twinkeyz"from Northern California.I got an early introduction into underground & punk rock music through attending this particular bands early rehearsals and concerts at a young age because of my sisters relationship with the bands drummer at the time, Joe Von Hagel.I received my first Drumkit from Joe Von Hagel, this was an early influence that inspired me to play drums.As the early 1980s Music scene picked up,I was playing drums with alot of known local Sacramento,California & later on, alot of Southern California bands from that time such as:
"The Vacant" , "Circle Kross" , "The Authorities" , "True West" & "Social Distortion"to name a few.I was included on quite alot of compilation albums during my time drumming with these many bands as well as inclusion on some independent releases by the individual bands themselves.As the earlier 1980s punk music scene was closing,around 1986 I was already ahead of the new music scene by forming bands like "Race Train Schizo" we actually toured with "T.S.O.L." and were the opening for "Guns & Roses" and later "Nirvana".I formed the band "Skullduggery" after "Race Train Schizo" was ending and later as 1989 rolled around I took that band "Skullduggery" to Las Vegas,NV. with me and started an all new line-up I formed in Las Vegas,NV.We played some smaller venues and shows locally,but did not record any songs that were released during that time.Slightly before that time period I was working with "No Show Sound" for a brief period doing grunt sound work at clubs in Los Angeles,CA. like, "The SCREAM" , "Club With No Name" and the infamous Rikki Rachtman's "Cathouse" at the Probe on Highland st.After the Las Vegas,NV. line-up of "Skullduggery" was coming to an end,I decided on a whim to move to Columbus,Ohio with a friend from Las Veags,NV. and later on finally to Detroit,MI. and I ended up playing drums with "The Flyin' Saucers" a local "Rockabilly"band there with long ties to the local Detroit,MI. & Columbus,OH. music scenes.While I was drumming with that band,we put out some 7inch singles on "Pristine Records".The "Flyin'Saucers" had some records that charted at number 14 & 21 respectively on the Adult Contemporary charts."The Flyin' Saucers" were also featured in a Feature Film called "Rockabilly the Documentary"in the early 1990s.After playing the huge "Columbus,Ohio arts festival and performing on a local television show to promote the "Columbus,Ohio arts festival,"The Flyin'Saucers"broke-up over internal infighting over money & songwriting credits and a whole slew of other stuff,I stayed out of the whole mess as much as I could.Before I had finalized my contract with "the Flyin' Saucers,I was asked to join 2 other bands,one called "Elvis Hitler" and another called "Goober & the Peas"but eventually I chose to head back towards California for more opportunities.After 1992 I joined a new band in Tempe Arizona called "The Voice".We released a 7inch vinyl E.P. on Disclaim records that is produced by the legendary "Greg Sage" of "the Wipers" (who Was and Is instrumental in the "NIRVANA" sound and look--and was also cited as a major influence for "Kurt Cobain" in his early Seattle music scene days).In 1994 and from the ashes of "The Voice"came "The Glass Heroes"with me playing drums and "Keith Jackson"of the band "Shock Therapy"on guitar and Lead Vocals.GLASS HEROES released a 12 song "cassette only"album titled "Liars,Cheats & Thieves"that we put out ourselves through ZIA records in Tempe,Arizona.Later GLASS HEROES put out 7 songs on a compilation for distribution in "Europe only" on "Step 1 records" called "High Voltage Punk & Oi"and "The Glass Heroes"were the featured act on that rare compilation.Around 1995"The Glass Heroes received a "Best of Phoenix"award for "Best Alternative Band"by the Phoenix New Times Newspaper/Magazine.In late 1995 ,I moved to Las Vegas,NV. to play drums with my cousin Jesse Amoroso's band called "Cyanide Blues".While I was drumming with CYANIDE BLUES ,we recorded some songs for a compilation record put out by "FLIPSIDE fanzine"called "It's All Downhill From Here"a Las Vegas compilation"."Cyanide Blues"recorded some tracks in Los Angeles for the "T.O.N. record label,but those songs were never released.In Mid 1996 I left Cyanide Blues to co-form "Benny & the Goons"a"Horror Surf"music band in Las Vegas,NV.along with Benny Hammond."Benny & the Goons" became a feature house-band on a weekly television show called"the Count Cool Rider T.V. Show"on "Warner Brothers Television" Channel 33 in Las Vegas,NV.."Benny & the Goons"put out 5 - 7inch vinyl singles while I was writing songs and recording and drumming with them.One song released was called "Monster Swell"which was a song I had co-written along with Benny Hammond."Benny & the Goons" eventually broke up in 1997 because of our lack of finding a Bass Player to replace our original, who had chosen to return to college and leave us hanging with multiple live shows booked and a television gig that we were supposed to play on on a weekly basis.
In September of 1997,I reluctantly returned to Sacramento,California to recouperate.Out of boredom and lack of a band,I soon formed a new band called "The HYPNOMEN".The name was changed later to"The Hypnotic IV"afyer we found out that there was already a band with that name from Sweden.So along with some fellow "Surf Music"enthusiasts in the local Sacramento,CA. music scene there,we started a small music scene that helped liven up the then stagnant older music scene that was getting very boring and dull.We recorded a cassette only album first.We recorded it at our rehearsal warehouse in 2 weekends for the cost of $500.00.That album is called"The Smooth Enticing surf sounds of the Hypnomen.We only sold 170 copies and scrapped the future sales and just gave away the rest."The Hypnotic IV"released their first album called "Hypnotica!"in 1998 with me on drums & later another album called "Hypnotic IV LIVE! too loud,outta tune & barely gettin' paid" with me on drums.I also brought some of the songs I had co-written with Benny Hammond from "Benny & the Goons"with me into The Hypnotic IV to add to "The Hypnotic IV's"sound.One of the songs included is called "Monster Swell",which actually charted on the underground Surf Music"scene underground Surf bands music charts and was also given praise from many Surf Music"enthusiasts & reviewers calling "Monster Swell","the best NEW Surf song to come along since "The Ventures" "Walk Don't Run" from 1959.
I also formed another infamous band while playing drums in the "Hypnotic IV" called "The Inertians" to satisfy my longing for my "Punk Rock" roots that included Jesse Bunker on Bass & Paul Ostrander on Guitar & me on drums(Of Course).This band recorded an 8 track only analog recorded C.D. entitled "The Inertians"We've come for your bored!.C.D. released in 99".
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