Monday, December 5, 2011

The Bangs (Sidetracks'd EP)

The Bangs were a six piece, from Union City, NJ who I presume formed sometime around 1978. They became fairly popular, opening for acts like Pat Benatar, The Pretenders, The Stray Cats, and Iggy Pop. The Bangs sound ranged from 50’s, and 60’s Rock N Roll, and R&B, to Powerpop. Their records were released on their own East West Record Label, which was also the name of a novelty store based in Union City, owned by their manager Alex Suvino; singer, Gary Roupenian worked in the store. I read somewhere, the Bangs had threatened to sue the (then LA Bangs), forcing them to change their name to the Bangles; but I’m not sure if that’s true. The Bangs released three EP’s before they disbanded, although it appears they re-united a few years ago.Much of the info for this post, came from The Bangs Myspace, go check it out.

Line Up:

Gary Roupenian – Vocals
Armand Siciliana – Lead Guitar
Bob Schaeffer – Guitar
Frank Sofio – Bass
James Heath – Sax
John Mansmann – Drums

East West Records 1981

1. Too Many
2. Think It Over
3. Dig That Beat
4. B’Line



0101001x_x said...

Please Re-upload! Went so far back in your blog all the links are dead...

Frank Miller said...

Yeah, the service I used was taken down by the FBI. I never reposted most of them. I plan on trying to get things going again soon. I'll repost it for you soon.