men & volts

In 1979, Phil Kaplan, Jon Proudman and Brian Frank wanted to put together a Beefheart tribute band. By the fall of 1979 the first line-up of Men & Volts was finalized: Phil Kaplan on guitar and vocals, David Greenberger on bass, Jon Proudman on drums, Roger Stevenson on vocals & various, Tom Hall on sax, and Greg Fromohoio on marimba. After a couple of gigs they were told that they had to perform original material; cover bands weren't booked. The hardcore membership (Phil, David, Jon & Roger) decided to keep the name Men & Volts, wrote material, rehearsed and began playing out again in early 1981.
Spring 1982, their first EP got released. This first release had a distinctly Beefheartian flavor. Their later releases carried 'easier' material.

discography

  men & volts: rhythms & blues
    (1982, ep, usa, eat)
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1 men & volts: *hootersville
    (1983, lp, usa, eat)
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2 men & volts: tramps in bloom
    (1984, lp, fr, new rose)
 
3 men & volts: the mule
    (1987, lp, usa, shimmy-disc)
 
  men & volts: stay in touch
    (1989, ??)
 
  men & volts: cheer up
    (1990, ??)
 
  men & volts: relentless / fright wig
    (??, 7")
 
  men & volts: basement rehearsals, nov - dec, 1979
    (2012, cdr-promo, usa, private release) - all beefheart material
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  men & volts: 4-track recordings 1979 - 80
    (2012, cdr-promo, usa, private release) - all beefheart material
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  men & volts: green st. party, jamaica plain, ma, 12 february 1980
    (2012, cdr-promo, usa, private release) - all beefheart material
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  men & volts: green street rehearsal, 19 april 1980
    (2012, cdr-promo, usa, private release) - all beefheart material
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