The Blasters

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For others with this name, see Blasters (disambiguation).

The Blasters are a rock and roll band formed in 1979 in Downey, California, by brothers Phil Alvin (vocals and guitar) and Dave Alvin (guitar), with bass guitarist John Bazz and drummer Bill Bateman. Phil Alvin explained the origin of the band's name: "I thought Joe Turner’s backup band on Atlantic records – I had these 78s – I thought they were the Blues Blasters. That ends up it was Jimmy McCracklin. I just took the 'Blues' off and Joe finally told me, that’s Jimmy McCracklin’s name, but you tell ‘im I gave you permission to steal it."

Their self-described "American Music" was a blend of blues, rockabilly, early rock and roll, punk rock, mountain music, and rhythm and blues. They have a devoted fan base and have received largely positive critical reviews, but have earned only limited mainstream success. Critic Mark Deming wrote of them, "the Blasters displayed a wide-ranging musical diversity [and] were a supremely tight and tasteful band with enough fire, smarts, and passion for two or three groups."

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Year Title RatingReleases
1982 The Blasters 1
1997 American Music 1
2005 4-11-44 1
2012 Fun on Saturday Night 1
Non Fiction 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 The Blasters Collection 1
2002 Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings 1981-1985 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Over There - Live at the Venue, London 3 1
2004 Trouble Bound 2
2011 Live 1986 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Live - Going Home 1

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