The Screamers (synthpunk)

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The Screamers were an American synthpunk group founded in 1975. They were among the first wave of the L.A. punk rock scene. The Los Angeles Times applied the label "techno-punk" to the band in 1978. In the documentary Punk: Attitude (2005), the Dead Kennedys cite the Screamers as a key influence on their group and as one of the great unrecorded groups in rock history.

The Screamers were noted for unusual instrumentation, featuring synthesizer (ARP Odyssey) and electric piano (Fender Rhodes). Additional musicians, including violinists and a female vocalist, were occasionally incorporated into their performances. The group featured a theatrical presentation that centered around manic lead vocalist, Tomata du Plenty. DuPlenty and Tommy Gear, a keyboard player and vocalist, were the band's principal songwriters.

The Screamers developed a substantial following via the internet and generated considerable press coverage during and after the band's career, despite the fact that they never released a record.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
One Year Live + Demos Compilation 1
Trying to Be Like Jesus Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2004 Live in San Francisco: Sept 2nd 1978 Live 1
Shout 1 Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
Live at the Whisky, LA 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
Demos 1977 Volume One 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
Scuzzy the Death Cone Clown '78 Demos 1

Live

Year Title Rating Releases
Live at the Masque Dec 78 Live 1

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