Tom Diabo was late-70s/early80s punk musician from Wuppertal, Germany. He played in several bands, most notably Western Force and X 112 For Dancing, and also curated a series of legendary local cassettes called "Talfahrt". Diabo passed away from cancer in 1988 shortly after his 30th birthday. He left behind a cache of home-recorded songs that eventually came out posthumously as an LP called "Dark Star" that same year. An expanded edition will be released on Body Double in 2013.
Philip Perkins (b 1951) studied art and motion graphics with Robert Mullen and David Foster (Univ. of the Pacific and Univ. of Oregon) and was mentored by "Blue" Gene Tyranny in music composition and performance. He played in many rock, country and experimental music bands and was a member of The Residents performance ensemble 1979-84, as well as serving as their cinematographer and lighting designer. DRIVE TIME was composed and originally released in 1985 is a series of pieces composed as an alternative to early morning "drive time" AM radio, and targeted at the same audience: commuters.
The Blissed Out Fatalists, was a band formed in Los Angeles by Nic Greene and Jeff Poe in the aftermath of 1980s noise band The Blue Daisies.
Having spent some months together as house painters, they passed the time throwing ideas of the ultimate band back and forth, and began to conceptualize the project before a note was struck. BOF was born out of a mutual admiration for the Butthole Surfers’ Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Elmore James, and Jesus And Mary Chain, aiming to find a psychic sweet spot between heroic duos Suicide and Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly. Fourwaycross frontman Biff Sanders came on board to produce the album whilst later adding some humanity to the drums. Jon Lyon was enlisted on account of his supreme guitar noodling ability and access to stimulants, most ably represented on The Leather Nun cover 'Can You Feel It'. Recording at Biff's studios above the Danceland at Pico and Figueroa, BOF was able to enhance its sound adding layers of harmony and noise.
The album Blissed Out Fatalists came out in 1987, a posthumous release.
Sometime in the middle of 1980, Tom “Jinks” Durkan ventured to California from Shepherds Bush, London, and settled in Palo Alto. His goal, besides escaping from London, was to find musicians and form a band. Jinks met drummer Bob Gaynor, guitarist Rick Tedeschi, and bass player Monte Vallier and Half Church was born.
Following a series of local shows and demos, the original 4 members decided that a move to Jink’s hometown of London was the next logical step. And in January 1981, just as Ronald Reagan was being sworn in to office, the band flew to the UK where a whole slew of songs were written and recorded for their first EP (the highly sought-after “In Turmoil”).
The band returned to the Bay Area later in the year and resumed shows and recording, getting tighter as a band all the while.
Half Church played their last show at the San Jose Convention Center opening for Red Lorry Yellow Lorry in 1986 and the band members went their separate ways.