|FORMED: 1976, Queens, New York, NY
Tagged as garage-rock revivalists, the Fleshtones mix the fuzz-guitar and Farfisa organ sounds of that genre with rockabilly,'50s R&B, and surf into a potent retro-rock stew. The group formed in 1976 in Queens with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Strong, bassist Jan Marek Pukulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer and aimed to return to the simplicity and unself-consciousness of '50s and early-'60s rock & roll.
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 in 1978. 1983 produced Hexbreaker, regarded as the Fleshtones' finest album. The band continued to record through the '80s and released Powerstance in 1992 and Beautiful Light in 1994.
Fleshtones side projects include Keith Streng's band Full Time Men, who worked with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide