The Fleshtones

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Often tagged as garage rock revivalists, the Fleshtones mix the fuzz guitar and Farfisa organ sounds of that genre with rockabilly, '50s and '60s R&B, and surf into a potent retro stew the group likes to call "super rock." The group formed in 1976 in Queens, New York with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer and aimed to return rock & roll to the simplicity and unself-consciousness of the '50s and early '60s. (The group was often joined on-stage and in the studio by sax player Gordon Spaeth, who passed on in 2005.) The group fit nicely into New York's punk and new wave scene, and an early single, "American Beat," attracted the attention of independent label Red Star and, in time, I.R.S. The group's debut EP, Up-Front, was released in 1980 and was followed by their first full-length album, Roman Gods, and Blast Off!, an unreleased studio album recorded for Red Star in 1978. 1983 produced Hexbreaker, widely regarded as the Fleshtones' finest album. The band continued to record through the '80s and released Powerstance in 1992 and Beautiful Light in 1994. (Powerstance also marked the debut of new Fleshtones bassist Ken Fox, who replaced Pakulski in the lineup and has been with the group ever since.) While the group's popularity dipped under the radar in the last half of the '90s, in 2003 the group bounded back when they were signed to the potent indie label Yep Roc Records and released one of their best albums, Do You Swing? An equally solid follow-up, Beachhead, was issued in 2005 and was produced in part by Detroit garage rock kingpin Jim Diamond (2). Fleshtones side projects include Keith Streng's band Full Time Men, which featured R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation. In 2008, more than 30 years after the group formed, they released Take a Good Look, proving their ability to be just as raucous as they were in the good ol' days.
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SP 70018, SP70018 The Fleshtones - Roman Gods album art Fleshtones* Roman Gods (Album) I.R.S. Records SP 70018, SP70018 UK 1981 Sell This Version
A 107 The Fleshtones - Blast Off! album art The Fleshtones Blast Off! (Album, EP) ROIR A 107 US 1982 Sell This Version
SP-70605, SP70605 The Fleshtones - Hexbreaker! album art The Fleshtones Hexbreaker! (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records SP-70605, SP70605 US 1983 Sell This Version
ILP 26412 The Fleshtones - Speed Connection Live In Paris 85 album art Fleshtones* Speed Connection Live In Paris 85 (Album) I.R.S. Records ILP 26412 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
IRSC-5627 The Fleshtones - Speed Connection II - The Final Chapter (Live In Paris 85) album art Fleshtones* Speed Connection II - The Final Chapter (Live In Paris 85) (Album) I.R.S. Records IRSC-5627 US 1985 Sell This Version
EM 9634 The Fleshtones - Fleshtones Vs. Reality album art Fleshtones* Fleshtones Vs. Reality (Album) Emergo EM 9634 US 1987 Sell This Version
IMP 010 The Fleshtones - Soul Madrid album art The Fleshtones Soul Madrid(LP, Album, Gat) Imposible Records IMP 010 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
NAK 6101 The Fleshtones - Powerstance! album art The Fleshtones Powerstance! (Album) Big Beat Records NAK 6101 US 1991 Sell This Version
CD IMP-033 The Fleshtones - Angry Years 84-86 album art The Fleshtones Angry Years 84-86 (Album) Amsterdamned Records CD IMP-033 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
NAK 6116-4 The Fleshtones - Beautiful Light album art The Fleshtones Beautiful Light (Album) Naked Language Records NAK 6116-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
DAN9307CD The Fleshtones - Forever Fleshtones album art The Fleshtones Forever Fleshtones (Album) Hitch-Hyke Records DAN9307CD France 1993 Sell This Version
SPV 084-45812 The Fleshtones - Laboratory Of Sound album art The Fleshtones Laboratory Of Sound (Album) Ichiban International SPV 084-45812 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
flesh 01 The Fleshtones - Hitsburg USA! album art The Fleshtones Hitsburg USA! (Album) Telstar Records flesh 01 US 1996 Sell This Version
6529-1A The Fleshtones - More Than Skin Deep album art The Fleshtones More Than Skin Deep (Album) Telstar Records 6529-1A Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
6558-2 The Fleshtones - Hitsburg Revisited album art The Fleshtones Hitsburg Revisited (Album) Telstar Records 6558-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
FMS 118, 3068352 The Fleshtones - Solid Gold Sound album art The Fleshtones Solid Gold Sound (Album) Blood Red Vinyl & Discs FMS 118, 3068352 France 2001 Sell This Version
CD YEP 2050 The Fleshtones - Do You Swing? album art The Fleshtones Do You Swing? (Album) Yep Roc Records CD YEP 2050 US 2003 Sell This Version
LP-YEP-2095 The Fleshtones - Beachhead album art The Fleshtones Beachhead (Album) Yep Roc Records LP-YEP-2095 US 2005 Sell This Version
none The Fleshtones - Allo Brooklyn, Ici Montmartre album art Tony Truant & The Fleshtones Tony Truant & The Fleshtones - Allo Brooklyn, Ici Montmartre(10", MiniAlbum) Poussinet none France 2005 Sell This Version
CD-YEP-2154 The Fleshtones - Take A Good Look! album art The Fleshtones Take A Good Look! (Album) Yep Roc Records CD-YEP-2154 US 2007 Sell This Version
CD-YEP-2184 The Fleshtones - Stocking Stuffer album art The Fleshtones Stocking Stuffer (Album) Yep Roc Records CD-YEP-2184 US 2008 Sell This Version
CD YEP 2242 The Fleshtones - Brooklyn Sound Solution album art The Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye The Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye - Brooklyn Sound Solution (Album) Yep Roc Records CD YEP 2242 US 2011 Sell This Version
YEP-2347 The Fleshtones - Mondo Zombie Boogaloo album art The Fleshtones / Southern Culture On The Skids / Los Straitjackets The Fleshtones / Southern Culture On The Skids / Los Straitjackets - Mondo Zombie Boogaloo (Album, Comp) Yep Roc Records YEP-2347 US 2013 Sell This Version
CD-YEP-2344 The Fleshtones - Wheel Of Talent album art The Fleshtones Wheel Of Talent (Album) Yep Roc Records CD-YEP-2344 US 2014 Sell This Version
CD-YEP-2451 The Fleshtones - The Band Drinks For Free album art The Fleshtones The Band Drinks For Free (Album) Yep Roc Records CD-YEP-2451 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

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mikeandmikedrive

mikeandmikedrive

January 10, 2017
Australian interview with Peter Zaremba of the Fleshtones in August 2016:
http://www.i94bar.com/interviews/peter-zaremba
FPL

FPL

November 18, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
For information on profile, The Fleshtones formed in 1976 with drummer Lenny Calderon who plays on First single "American Beat" (Red Star Rds) and unissued (in time) first album "Blast Off!". Read "Sweet, the story of the Fleshtones, America's garage band" By Joe Bonobo, 2007 and you will knows everthing about them. Bill arrived later when the band signed with I.R.S.

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