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The Fleshtones

Band, *1976 US, Queens
Rock
A.k.a. Thee Roman Gods

Group from New York City, formed in the late 1970s. Often tagged as garage rock revivalists, the Fleshtones mix the fuzz guitar and Farfisa organ sounds of that genre with rockabilly, '50s and '60s R&B, and surf into a potent retro stew the group likes to call "super rock." The group formed in 1976 in Queens with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer and aimed to return rock & roll to the simplicity and unself-consciousness of the '50s and early '60s. (The group was often joined on-stage and in the studio by sax player Gordon Spaeth, who passed on in 2005.) The group fit nicely into New York's punk and new wave scene, and an early single, "American Beat," attracted the attention of independent label Red Star and, in time, I.R.S. The group's debut EP, Up-Front, was released in 1980 and was followed by their first full-length album, Roman Gods, and Blast Off!, an unreleased studio album recorded for Red Star in 1978. 1983 produced Hexbreaker, widely regarded as the Fleshtones' finest album. The band continued to record through the '80s and released Powerstance in 1992 and Beautiful Light in 1994. (Powerstance also marked the debut of new Fleshtones bassist Ken Fox, who replaced Pakulski in the lineup and has been with the group ever since.) While the group's popularity dipped under the radar in the last half of the '90s, in 2003 the group bounded back when they were signed to the potent indie label Yep Roc Records and released one of their best albums, Do You Swing? An equally solid follow-up, Beachhead, was issued in 2005 and was produced in part by Detroit garage rock kingpin Jim Diamond. Fleshtones side projects include Keith Streng's band Full Time Men, which featured R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation. In 2008, more than 30 years after the group formed, they released Take a Good Look, proving their ability to be just as raucous as they were in the good ol' days.

        
Popular Tracks   
Comin' Home Baby (feat. Lenny Kaye) on Brooklyn Sound Solution by The Fleshtones
Alex Trebek on Face of the Screaming Werewolf by The Fleshtones
No Tengo Dinero on Quatro x Quatro by The Fleshtones
American Beat '84 on Blockbuster Movie Hits by Various Artists
Haunted Hipster on Mondo Zombie Boogaloo by The Fleshtones, Southern Culture on the Skids & Los Straitjackets
Ghoulman Confidential on Mondo Zombie Boogaloo by The Fleshtones, Southern Culture on the Skids & Los Straitjackets
Hurray for Santa Claus on Stocking Stuffer by The Fleshtones
Dracula a GoGo on Mondo Zombie Boogaloo by The Fleshtones, Southern Culture on the Skids & Los Straitjackets
Love Like a Man on The Band Drinks for Free by The Fleshtones
Do You Swing? on Do You Swing? by The Fleshtones

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Title Artist Year Type
Budget BusterThe Fleshtones2017Compil.
The Band Drinks For FreeThe Fleshtones2016Album
Ama Como Un HombreThe Fleshtones2016Single
The Band Drinks For Free b/w Love My LoverThe Fleshtones2016Single
End Of My Neighborhood b/w Cardboard CasanovaThe Fleshtones2016Single
I Surrender ! B/W Dominique LaboubéeThe Fleshtones2015Single
Gotta Get Away / 2000 Light Years From HomeThe Fleshtones / Los Straitjackets2015Single
Wheel Of TalentThe Fleshtones2014Album
Mondo Zombie BoogalooThe Fleshtones / Southern Culture On The Skids / Los Straitjackets2013Album
Available b/w Let's LiveThe Fleshtones2013Single
For A Smile / Everywhere Is NowhereThe Fleshtones Featuring Mary Huff2013Single
Quatro X QuatroThe Fleshtones2012Album
Bite Of My SoulThe Fleshtones2011Single
Brooklyn Sound SolutionThe Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye2011Album
I Can't HideThe Fleshtones2011Single
Roman Gods / Upfront EP...PlusThe Fleshtones2011Compil.
It's Super Rock Time!The Fleshtones2010Compil.
Hexbreaker! / Speed Connection Live In Paris 85The Fleshtones2010Compil.
Live At The Hurrah ClubThe Fleshtones2008Album
Stocking StufferThe Fleshtones2008Album
Take A Good Look!The Fleshtones2008Album
Jet-Set FleshtonesThe Fleshtones2007Single
Brooklyn A Paris - Live A La MaroquinerieThe Fleshtones2006Album
BeachheadThe Fleshtones2005Album
Allo Brooklyn Ici MontmartreTony Truant & The Fleshtones2005Album
Do You Swing?The Fleshtones2003Album
Soul Struttin'The Fleshtones2002Single
Solid Gold SoundThe Fleshtones2001Album
Hitsburg RevisitedThe Fleshtones1999Album
Gentleman's TwistThe Fleshtones1998Single
Hitsburg USA!The Fleshtones1997Album
More Than Skin DeepThe Fleshtones1997Album
One Less StepThe Fleshtones1996Single
High On DrugsThe Fleshtones1995Single
Laboratory Of SoundThe Fleshtones1995Album
Take A Walk With The FleshtonesThe Fleshtones1994Single
Beautiful LightThe Fleshtones1994Single
Forever FleshtonesThe Fleshtones1994Album
Angry Years 84-86The Fleshtones1993Compil.
Beautiful LightThe Fleshtones1993Album
Powerstance!The Fleshtones1991Album
Armed And DangerousThe Fleshtones1991Single
Soul MadridThe Fleshtones1989Album
Living Legends SeriesThe Fleshtones1989Compil.
The Bob Magazine No. 32The Fleshtones / Steve Kilbey / The Flaming Lips1988Album
Fleshtones Vs. RealityThe Fleshtones1987Album
Speed Connection II - The Final Chapter (Live In Paris 85)The Fleshtones1985Album
Speed Connection - Live In Paris 85The Fleshtones1985Album
Hall Of FameThe Fleshtones1985Album
American BeatThe Fleshtones1984Single
Right Side Of A Good ThingThe Fleshtones1983Single
Screamin' SkullThe Fleshtones1983Single
Hexbreaker!The Fleshtones1983Album
The World Has Changed!The Fleshtones1982Album
Shadow-LineThe Fleshtones1982Single
Ride Your Pony / Roman GodsThe Fleshtones1982Single
Roman GodsThe Fleshtones1981Album
Roman GodsThe Fleshtones1981Album
The World Has ChangedThe Fleshtones1981Single
Chinese Kitchen / The DregThe Fleshtones1981Single
The Girl From BaltimoreThe Fleshtones1980Single
Cold, Cold Shoes / The Girl From BaltimoreThe Fleshtones1980Single
Up-FrontThe Fleshtones1980Album
American SoundThe Fleshtones1979Single
American BeatThe Fleshtones1979Single
New SceneThe FleshtonesAlbum
Live At The Double Door 06/11/2004The FleshtonesAlbum
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