JJ-180 got its start in 1977 when a group of teenagers came together around the art and music that had influenced them growing up in the 1970's in Santa Cruz, California, USA. They were: Polio Ferrari (keyboards), Wally Sound (guitar), Tora Brooks (bass), Walter McKee (guitar), and Caker Calloway (drums). The original lineup lasted until 1979, when Walter left the band and they changed their name to The Realtors
. Their music was a hybrid of the then emerging punk sound as well as 1960's surf, garage and psychedelic music. The band was a keystone of the Santa Cruz punk scene and organized many important early punk and new wave shows in their hometown. After establishing a local following, they released a single and a few songs on compilations.