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45 Grave

Band, *1979 US, Los Angeles

During 1979-1990 in Los Angeles, the band was born in the chaos of the Punk movement and churned out their own brand of Ghoul Rock that later was labeled the Deathrock / Gothic genre. In the beginning, the original lineup consisted of Dinah Cancer - vocals Paul Cutler - guitar Rob Graves - bass Don Bolles - drums. The song "Partytime (Zombie Version)" made it onto the movie sound track for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Partytime made full rotation on MTV (1984) and the song "Evil", debut on MTV's The Cutting Edge in 1985. 45 Grave are cited in several rock music biographies to being a huge influence on many of the bands that surfaced from the L.A. scene. Their hit song Partytime is still licensed for tv and radio ads today. The bands momentum took a hit in 1991, when bassist Rob Graves passed away from an accidental overdose. The other members went their separate ways, pursuing their own musical projects. Actually the band is back, lead by the original cemetery girl herself, Dinah Cancer, on vocals. The line-up as of 2014 is Dinah Cancer (vocals), Dylan Thomas (guitar), Brandden Blackwell (bass), and Tom Coyne (drums).

PortraitPat Smear
g *1959 US
PortraitPaul Roessler
key, voc *1958 US
PortraitPaul B. Cutler
g, voc
PortraitFrank Agnew
g *1964 US
PortraitBruce Duff
b, bvoc US
Del Hopkins
dr US
PortraitTom Coyne
PortraitRob Ritter
b 1955-1991 US
Mary Sims
PortraitGeorg Ruthenberg
PortraitJimmy Michael Giorsetti
PortraitLisa Pifer
b, bvoc, voc US
Popular Tracks   
Partytime on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Evil on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Riboflavin on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Surf Bat on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Partytime on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Violent World on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Insurance From God on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Slice O' Life on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave
Black Cross on Only The Good Die Young by 45 Grave
45 Grave on Sleep In Safety by 45 Grave

Track list and 30sec audio provided by


Title Artist Year Type
Starwood 198145 Grave2013Album
Pick Your Poison45 Grave2012Album
A Devil's Possessions - Demos & Live 1980-198345 Grave2008Compil.
Evil / Party Time45 Grave2008Single
Autopsy/Phantoms45 Grave1997Album
Hong Kong Cafe 198045 Grave1993Album
Debasement Tapes45 Grave1993Compil.
Only The Good Die Young45 Grave1989Album
Autopsy45 Grave1987Compil.
A Tale Of Strange Phenomena45 Grave1984Compil.
School's Out45 Grave1984Album
Phantoms45 Grave1983Album
Sleep In Safety45 Grave1983Album
Black Cross45 Grave1981Single
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