2000 - now
1999-2003
1994
1990-1992
1990
1987-1990
1986
1983-1985
1983
1982-1986
1980-1982
1976-1980
1976
1976
1976
1975-1976
1973-1974
1972-1973
1967-1970
1967
1967
1966



THE FUZZTONES
2000-NOW

Fuzztones 2007 The Fuzztones official disbanded in 1992, and after the "In Heat" line-up's reunion show at NY's Cavestomp in 1997 (their only NY appearance), they played a few more shows in Los Angeles. The "Lysergic Emanations" line-up followed suit in 1998, reuniting for Cavestomp and a biker festival in Matera, Italy. In 2000, Rudi officially resurrected the band, adding former Fuzztone/Bombora organist Jake Cavalierre, former Bombora Johnny Deville on guitar, former Outta Place drummer Andrea Kusten, and Lords of Altamont bassist Gaybe Hammond. Jake and Johnny quit in 2001, and were replaced by former Fuzztones Phil Arriagada on lead guitar and Deb O' Nair on organ. This line-up toured Europe three times, and recorded the album "Salt For Zombies" as well as the "Help Murder Police" EP on Misty Lane. In 2004 The Fuzztones were featured as one of the headliners on the star-studded Little Steven's Underground Garage Festival, this time replacing Andrea with Ramiro Nieto, and Phil (now "Batlord") with former Fuzztone Jordan Tarlow. In 2005 Deb was replaced by Bonniwell Music Machine keyteaser Lana Loveland, and former Tommyknocker Roger Ward was added on drums. This line-up recorded 2 tracks which later appeared on the Greg Shaw tribute album, "Who Put The Bomp?" and Ansia De Color magazine CD insert. Since then the band has included "Screamin'" Bo Pille on bass, Lenny Silver on guitar, and the former rhythm section for Link Protrudi & the Jaymen, as well as Link Wray, Eric Danno on bass and Rob Louwers on drums. For the 2007 "Horny As Hell Tour", The Fuzztones introduced a 3 piece horn section which included Lars Bonfire, Rollo Völter, as well as Stefan Kapitzke and Steffen Zimmer, who alternated. Another tour highlight was the return of "Mad" Mike Czekaj on drums. The band is now in it's 28th year of existence, and is currently finishing a new album, and plans to tour USA, Israel, Italy and Mexico are in the works.
For more info please visit
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Fuzztones on Myspace

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RUDI PROTRUDI & THE TUJUNGA KILLBILLIES 1999-2003


This Country band lasted 4 years, playing murder ballads in bars, street fairs and watermelon festivals in So. Cal. Recorded Rudi's second solo album, "Ladykiller," in 1999. Rudi released it on his Sin label in 2003. Recently re-released as part of Twist Records 2 album set, which also includes "(It's A) White Trash Thing."
For more info please visit
Rudi Protrudi & The Tujunga Killbillies.html
Rudi Protrudi & The Tujunga Killbillies on Myspace

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RUDI PROTRUDI & THE MIDNIGHT PLOWBOYS
1994

After flirting with the idea for two years, Rudi decided to record a solo album and in 1994 he assembled a talented arsenal of musicians from L.A.'s thriving Country and Rockabilly scene, named them the Midnight Plowboys, and recorded "(It's A) White Trash Thing." By the time it was released on Germany's Music Maniac label, the band had already played three shows and disbanded. It would be 5 more years before Rudi would form another Country band, which would go on to record "Ladykiller," his second solo album. Both albums have been re-released as a two-disc CD set ("Ladykiller") on the UK label, Twist. After it's 2007 release, Rudi assembled a European line-up, again under the moniker "The Midnight Plowboys," and toured Italy, Germany and Austria.

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Rudi Protrudi & The Midnight Plowboys.html
Rudi Protrudi & The Midnight Plowboys on Myspace

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THE FUZZTONES - Braindrops line-up
1990-1992

Fuzztones 1990 braindrops After securing Chris Barfly ne; Barfield, Rudi fired the "In Heat" line-up (onstage at London's legendary Marquee Club) and he, Mike and Chris went about resurrecting The Fuzztones. They recorded "Braindrops" almost entirely as a 3 piece, which they also became, as they resurrected Link Protrudi & The Jaymen at the same time. when the album was nearly completed, Phil Arriagada joined, sharing lead and rhythm guitar duties with Rudi (he only appears on 3 tracks). Although organist Jake Cavalierre's photo appears on the cover, he joined after the album was recorded, and doesn't appear until this line-ups following albums, "Monster A Go-Go" and "Lysergic Ejaculations."
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THE HEADHUNTERS
1990

headhunters When certain members of the "In Heat" line-up started going astray musically, Rudi assembled this Garage supergroup, in an effort to set them straight by example. The Headhunters consisted of Rudi and "Mad Mike," as well as Tommyknockers frontman Rich Coffee on guitar and Chris Barfield on bass. Organ duties were handled by Groovie Ghoulies guitarist John Rudgers. The Headhunters played three or four well-received shows, and looked and sounded more like The Fuzztones than The Fuzztones did at the time,inspiring at least one reviewer to state his preference for the Headhunters over The Fuzztones, Tommyknockers and Ghoulies!
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THE FUZZTONES - In Heat line-up
1987-1990

Formed after Rudi and "Mad" Mike moved to L.A. in 1987. Although they weren't able to ressurect The Fuzztones in NYC after their demise in 1985, most of the L.A. line-up ended up consisting of transplanted New Yorkers. Jordan Tarlow had been the guitarist for NY caveteens, the Outta Place (and later San Diego's Morlochs). Bassist John Carlucci had been with Tina Peel's Power Pop rivals, the Speedies. The only native Californian was organist Jason Savall. This line-up was the only band from the so-called "Garage Revival" to land a major label record deal (Beggar's Banquet/RCA) and was a major attraction in Europe, often headlining large festivals. Recorded "In Heat" album, as well as "Nine Months Later" and "Hurt On Hold" EPs.
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LINK PROTRUDI & THE JAYMEN
1986

After securing dream drummer "Mad" Mike Czekaj (who Rudi had been hounding for 7 years!), Michael Jay and Rudi began auditions for future Fuzztones, with less than successful results. Although they auditioned almost every musician in NY's "Garage" scene, the right replacements could not be found. During this time the trio started playing Link Wray covers for their own amusement. Upon hearing them, several musicians encouraged them to play a gig. They named themselves after Link Wray and the Raymen, with "Jaymen" being an obvious reference to the group's bassist. Their debut show, opening for the A-Bones at the Southern Funk Cafe, was an epiphany of sorts. There were absolutely NO instrumental bands on NYC's garage scene, and absolutely no Link Wray tribute bands ANYWHERE. In fact, at that point, hardly anyone had ever heard of the Godfather of Grunge! The show went over so well they were asked to tour Canada. They immediately wrote several originals, set up a two-night recording session in their rehearsal studio. Mike and Rudi left for California shortly after in hopes of reforming The Fuzztones. Michael Jay chose to stay behind. After the L.A. Fuzztones were formed, Germany's Music maniac released Link Protrudi's "Drive It Home," which initiated the band's first European tour. Since then the band has released 5 albums and has toured Europe extensively.
For more info please visit
linkprotrudi.html
Link Protrudi & The Jaymen on Myspace

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THE FUZZTONES - Lysergic Emanation line-up
1983-1985

Reformed in 1983 at the irritating insistence of one Michael Jay, the "Lysergic Emanations" line-up was born. This version of the band was the only one to ever tour America, as an opening act for the Lords of The New Church in 1983. A live vinyl document, Leave Your Mind At Home, served as the band's first album. Their follow-up studio album, Lysergic Emanations, has become a classic of the genre, and their successful 1985 tour with punk pioneers, The Damned, sent the album to #2 on the British charts. Shunning two interested major labels, this line-up disbanded almost immediately after the UK tour, with Deb joining punk-polka princesses Das Furlines, and Ira and Elan forming the Headless Horsemen.
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THE DRIVE INS
1983

Known primarily for having the highest Esquirita-inspired pompadours in the entire NYC rockabilly scene, this roots-style combo was already a top drawing headliner in clubs like the Peppermint Lounge when Rudi joined as bassist. Although there are no known photos, a live video does exist. Future Fuzztones bassist Michael Jay (who had seen The Fuzztones at the huge Psychedelic Weekend show held at NYC's Cavern Club) approached Rudi while he was with the Drive-Ins, and convinced him to reform The Fuzztones with himself on bass and his pal Elan Portnoy on guitar. Rudi stole Drive-Ins drummer Ira Elliot, and in 1983 The Fuzztones reformed.
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VULCAN DEATH GRIP
1982-1986

Around the same time that Rudi joined the Drive-Ins, he also became involved in performance artist Ann Magnuson's heavy metal satire band, Vulcan Death Grip. Originally consisting of Fuzztones drummer Ira Elliot (as Vlad the Impaler) and bassist Randy Pratt (as Wolverine), as well as Rudi (K-Zar the Man-Beast) and Ann (Raven). Before Spinal Tap even existed, VDG was performing one show a year, usually at NYC's Limelight. Their over-the-top performances always drew for SRO crowds. During one show at the Cat Club, K-Zar accidentally kicked a dwarf across the room. Ira was eventually replaced with actual metal drummer Marc Anthony as Rabid Bat, and the band was featured in Ann Magnuson's Cinemax special, "Vandemonium." Memorable tunes included "Eat Shit and Die," "I'm On A Holiday In Hell and I'm Wasted," "Dusted" (about Satan teens on Angel Dust), "Pigs Squeal In Fear," and "History of Torture (part 2)." By the time the Grip did their last show (opening for Jesus and Mary Chain at the Ritz) the band had become so believable, most of the audience didn't realize it was a satire. Raven was attacked onstage by an insulted female Chain fan, who tore her wig off during "Pigs Squeal." At that moment the satire ended, as a furious Ann stuffed several sausage links down her assailant's throat. It took two mammoth security guards to drag the screaming perpetrator out of the club. Press reviewers, taking the show seriously, panned it big-time, and Ann pulled the plug on the world's first metal satire band.
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THE FUZZTONES Original line-up
1980-1982


Rudi's most notorious band began as a side project for Tina Peel. In fact, the Fabulous Fuzztones, as they were first named, was Tina Peel, but in different stage attire. The Fabulous Fuzztones actually opened for Tina Peel for at least one gig. When Tina Peel had run it's course, The "Fabulous" was dropped and The Fuzztones were born. The rest of Tina Peel went off to other pursuits and Randy Pratt (bass) and Michael Phillips (drums) became the nucleus for the original version of The Fuzztones. There wasn't much interest in NYC's only 60's style garage band, and after two years this line-up broke up.
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TINA PEEL
1976-1980

Rudi's bubblegum-punk band started in Harrisburg, and moved to NYC in 1977. Headlined major NYC clubs such as the Mudd Club, CBGB, Irving Plaza, and Hurrah. Very big on the Washington, DC scene. Opened for the Misfits, 999, Cherry Vanilla, Stranglers, Slits, Wreckless Eric,Split Enz, D.L. Byron, and Gary U.S. Bonds. With their clashing black & white polka dot & striped stage attire, and their Farfisa organ and 3 part harmonies, Tina Peel were one of the first bands to initiate the look and sound that would later be defined as "New Wave." Released 2 singles in the late 70's. In 2003, italy's Misty Lane released a vinyl album, which included many unreleased studio tracks. Of special note: Before the band was officially formed, Tina Peel's demos were recorded in Pennsylvania in 1976 by a group of local musicians that included future Rat At Rat R voclaist Victor Poisontette and future Punk Rock Janitors (and ex-Springhead Motorshark) drummer Jack Bertolette. Victor's girlfriend, Carol Krautheim was one of the three backing singers. She went on to become the band's organist, Deb O' Nair.
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tinapeel.html
Tina Peel on Myspace






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THE POSSUM BOYS
1976


Although Rudi was not actually IN this bluegrass band, he and Deb would often sing harmonies for them at their gigs, and Rudi played bass on their recording of "Flushin' My Blues Away." Band pictured at Westa Recording Studio.
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SUITE DANGER
1976

Rudi played guitar with the Dognappers during the day and bass for two terrible cover bands on the weekends, to save money to move from Pennsylvania to NYC. Suite Danger played the current top 40 hits. It paid the rent.




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THE DOGNAPPERS
1976

Rudi and Deb O' Nair joined bluegrass folkie Don Judy to form this band, which played country, hillbilly, folk, rock & roll and standards to captive audiences (nursing homes, prisons, mental institutions) as part of a government sponsored CETA program. An old lady died in her wheelchair while the band played "You Are My Sunshine." Rudi had told Lux Interior about their gigs at the loony bin, which inspired the Cramps to play NAPA State mental hospital a year later.

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BUSH
1975-1976

Rudi switches from guitar to bass for this Pennsylvania cover band, specializing in ZZ Top, Robin Trower, Flash, and Tubes covers. Played many bars and nightclubs.Tony Uhrich-lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar; Don Intrieri-lead & rhythm guitar, vocals; Brad Farnsler-drums, vocals; Rudi Protrudi-bass, vocals


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MAD HATTER
1973-1974

Cover band specializing in Aerosmith, 10cc, Lynrd Skynrd and David Bowie tunes. Played loads of high school dances. From top to bottom: Tony Uhrich-lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar; Dave-drums; Rudi Protrudi-lead guitar, vocals; Ray Rossi-bass,lead & backing vocals


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SPRINGHEAD MOTORSHARK
1972-1973

As much a gang as a band, these bunch of juvenile delinquents featured an ex-Pagans motorcycle gang member as singer/flautist. Every member had done jail time, Rudi's "stay" being the shortest (one night). Played the college circuit, as well as festivals. repertoire consisted mostly of Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult and Bloodrock covers, with a few originals thrown in when they could get away with it. They recorded a single in 1972, "Rapa's Little Schoolgirl," b/w "Rock On 18" on the Baldwin Studios label. From left to right: Tony Uhrich-lead & rhythm guitar, vocals; Jim Lane-bass, vocals; Dan O'Hara-keyboards; Brad Farnsler-drums; Rapa-lead vocals, flute, sax; Rudi Protrudi-lead & rhythm guitar, vocals


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RIGOR MORTIS
1967-1970

This band was way ahead of their time. Bigler, the singer, did Iggy Pop's whole act TWO YEARS before the Stooges debuted! Original songs included "Penis Between Us, " and "Crotch Rot," the latter being the band's "finale" where Bigler would strip to the waist, drag P.A. columns to the floor and hump them, jump into the audience and crawl on his belly, hump girls up against the wall and run out of the venue screaming. The band was banned from almost every place it played until Bigler's parents had him committed to a "special school." He was replaced with Craig Stouffer who sang with them from late 1967 to 1970, when they appeared on Hershey, PA. TV show "Weekend." Band played many local bars, usually accompanying topless go-go girls. Another version of the band played up until 1971, and even ventured to Asbury Park, New Jersey to play the Upstage Club, where, at the time, Little Steven Van Zandt worked as a talent booker. An in-depth article on the band appears in a back issue of Misty Lane magazine, and Misty Lane Records included the live track, "Bandit," on their "Basementsville compilation.

First line-up: Bigler Brandt-lead vocals, gyrations; Ben Stuart-bass; Barry Cupp-lead guitar; Bruce Meglio-drums,Rudi Protrudi:lead guitar;
Second line-up: Steve Graf-lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Linda-organ; Ben Stuart-bass; Bruce Meglio-drums; Rudi Protrudi:lead guitar;
Third line-up: Al Cook-bass; Craig Stouffer-lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Rudi Protrudi-lead guitar; Bruce Meglio-drums; Scott Killian-organ
Fourth line-up: Kevin Murphy: lead vocals, blues harp;Rudi Protrudi-lead & rhythm guitar; Jeff Patterson-lead & rhythm guitar; Ben Stuart-bass; Howard Wetzel-drums


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VENOM
1967

Even more short lived than the Inner Mind, this band rehaearsed one or two times and broke up. Luckily Rudi's dad had a camera. From left to right:

Mike Packard-lead guitar, blues harp
Bigler Brandt-lead vocals
Dennis Aucker-drums
Mark Bitting-bass
Rudi Protrudi-rhythm guitar


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INNER MIND
1967


This short lived band formed almost immediately after the demise of King Arthur's Quart, and played only once, at a parade on a truck. Steve Graf-lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Rudi Protrudi-lead guitar; Ben Stuart-bass; Bruce Meglio-drums; Mac-backing vocals, tambourine.

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KING ARTHUR'S QUART
1966


Rudi's first band, which played junior high school sock hops, fire hall teen dances and parties in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Their set consisted mostly of covers of cover versions, usually 3 chord top Forty hits like "Hang On Sloopy," "Gloria" and "Louie Louie," although they did play Rudi's first original song, "Penis Between Us," as well as a few more that would later be transformed into Fuzztones songs. In 2004, Misty Lane released "KING ARTHUR'S QUART - LIVE AT ALLEN JR. HIGH 1966," a 5 song 45. A full length CD is available through Sin Records. Bigler Brandt-lead vocals, tambourine; Dan Devincent-lead vocals, tambourine; Rudi Protrudi-lead & rhythm guitar; Barry Cupp-lead & rhythm guitar; Dana Patterson-bass; Paul Adjan-drums; Mike-organ.
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