The Fleshtones

The Fleshtones

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Group from New York City, formed in the late 1970s. 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 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. 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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The Fleshtones Discography

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The Fleshtones Roman Gods (Album) I.R.S. Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Blast Off! (Album, EP) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1982 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Hexbreaker! (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Fleshtones* Speed Connection - Live In Paris 85 (Album) I.R.S. Records Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Fleshtones* Speed Connection II - The Final Chapter (Live In Paris 85) (Album) I.R.S. Records Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Fleshtones* Fleshtones Vs. Reality (Album) Emergo US 1987 Sell This Version
IMP 010 The Fleshtones Soul Madrid(LP, Album, Gat) Imposible Records IMP 010 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Powerstance! (Album) Big Beat Records US 1991 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Beautiful Light (Album) Naked Language Records US 1993 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Forever Fleshtones (Album) Hitch-Hyke Records France 1993 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Laboratory Of Sound (Album) Ichiban International Germany 1995 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones More Than Skin Deep (Album) Telstar Records Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Hitsburg USA! (Album) Telstar Records US 1996 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Hitsburg Revisited (Album) Telstar Records Europe 1999 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Solid Gold Sound (Album) Blood Red Vinyl & Discs France 2001 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Do You Swing? (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2003 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Beachhead (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2005 Sell This Version
none Tony Truant & The Fleshtones Tony Truant & The Fleshtones - Allo Brooklyn Ici Montmartre(10", MiniAlbum) Poussinet none France 2005 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Stocking Stuffer (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2008 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Take A Good Look! (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2007 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye The Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye - Brooklyn Sound Solution (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2011 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones / Southern Culture On The Skids / Los Straitjackets The Fleshtones / Southern Culture On The Skids / Los Straitjackets - Mondo Zombie Boogaloo (Comp) Yep Roc Records US 2013 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Wheel Of Talent (Album) Yep Roc Records US 2014 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones The Band Drinks For Free (Album) Yep Roc Records UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Fleshtones* American Sound(Acetate, 10", Single) Trident Studios none UK 1979 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 3 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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