Drummers of Social Distortion III – Bob Stubbs

Outra tradução a pedido do Christopher Reece

Another translation for Christopher Reece:

After Derek O’Brien, Social Distortion’s forth drummer was Bob Stubbs. He was born in Sacramento, Northern California. There, he played in the bands Authorities, The Vacant, Circle Kross and Red Tape with Duane Peters. After Red Tape disbanded, Stubbs moved to Los Angeles, where he met John Maurer. They added Briton Holmstrom to create a band that was supposed to be called The Last Fetish, but before it happened Mike Ness asked Maurer and Bob to join Social Distortion, replacing O’Brien and Brent Liles.

Stubbs became friends with Mike Ness during the first Social Distortions concerts around Northern California. They lived together in Fullerton, Orange County. He got in the band when they we’re thinking of having Casey Royer back.

During the 80’s, Stubbs played with Social Distortion, recording some demos for Prison Bound. On the final recordings Christopher Reece was already the drummer. Stubbs co-wrote I Want What I Want. Looks like this was the most dangerous period of Mike Ness’ life, facing problems with the police and drugs. In one of these episodes, Social D. disbanded, with Ness going to jail, Maurer to work with his dad, and Dannel in a band called King Vultures.

Stubbs is still involved with punk rock. Sometimes, he comes to see Social D. playing live. When Social Distortion toured with the Ramones, in the Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell tour, they went to play a bar called The Hollywood Alley, and Stubbs, who was already out of the band, was there to play a jam. Stubbs now plays Gretsch drums in the band Downhill Trend.

On his Facebook page, you can read this:

A Partial Musical Biography,
Bob Stubbs started playing drums at age 10 because of a band called “the Twinkeyz”from Northern California.Bob Stubbs got an early introduction into underground & punk rock music through attending this particular bands early rehearsals and concerts at a young age because of Bob’s sisters relationship with the bands drummer at the time, Joe Von Hagel.Bob Stubbs received his first Drumkit from Joe Von Hagel, this was an early influence that inspired Bob to play drums.As the early 1980s Music scene picked up,Bob Stubbs was playing drums with alot of known local Sacramento,California & Southern California bands from that time such as:
“The Vacant” , “Circle Kross” , “The Authorities” , “True West” , “Social Distortion”to name a few.Bob Stubbs was included on quite alot of compilation albums during his time drumming with these many bands as well as inclusion on some independent releases by the individual bands themselves.As the earlier 1980s punk music scene was closing,around 1986 Bob Stubbs was already ahead of the new music scene by forming bands like “Race Train Schizo” that toured with “T.S.O.L.” and opened for “Guns & Roses” and “Nirvana”.Bob Stubbs formed the band “Skullduggery” after “Race Train Schizo” was ending and as 1989 rolled around he took that band “Skullduggery” to Las Vegas,NV. with an all new line-up formed in Las Vegas,NV.and played some smaller venues and shows locally,but did not record any songs that were released during that time.Slightly before that time period Bob Stubbs had worked with “No Show Sound” for a brief period doing grunt sound work at clubs in Los Angeles,CA. like, “The SCREAM” , “Club With No Name” and the infamous “Cathouse” at the Probe on Highland st.After Las Vegas,NV. and that line-up of “Skullduggery” was coming to an end,Bob Stubbs decided to move on to Ohio and later Detroit,MI. and ended up playing drums with “The Flyin’ Saucers” a local “Rockabilly”band there with long ties to the local Detroit,MI. & Columbus,OH. music scenes.That band put out some 7inch singles on “Pristine Records”.The “Flyin’Saucers” had some records that charted at number 14 & 21 respectively on the Adult Contemporary charts.”The Flyin’ Saucers” were also featured in a Feature Film called “Rockabilly the Documentary”in the early 1990s.After playing the huge “Columbus,Ohio arts festival and performing on a local television show to promote the “Columbus,Ohio arts festival,”The Flyin’Saucers”broke-up.Bob Stubbs was asked to join a band called “Elvis Hitler” and another called “Goober & the Peas”but eventually chose to head back towards California for more opportunities.After 1992 Bob Stubbs found a new band in Tempe Arizona with “The Voice” and released a 7inch vinyl E.P. on Disclaim records produced by the legendary “Greg Sage” of “the Wipers” who Was and Is instrumental in the “NIRVANA” sound and look and was also cited as a major influence for “Kurt Cobain” in his early Seattle music scene days.In 1994 and from the ashes of “The Voice”came “The Glass Heroes”with Bob Stubbs on drums again and “Keith Jackson”of the band “Shock Therapy”on guitar and vocals.This band released 7 songs on a compilation for distribution in Europe only on “Step 1 records” called “High Voltage Punk & Oi”and “The Glass Heroes”were a featured act on that compilation.”The Glass Heroes received a “Best of Phoenix”award for “Best Alternative Band”in 1994. Around 1995 Bob Stubbs was in Las Vegas,NV. again,and this time playing drums with his cousin “Jesse Amoroso”in a band called “Cyanide Blues”.This band recorded some songs for a compilation record put out by “Flipside fanzine”called “It’s All Downhill From Here”a Las Vegas compilation”.”Cyanide Blues”recorded some tracks in Los Angeles for the “T.O.N. record label,but those songs were never released and In 1996 Bob Stubbs left that band to form “Benny & the Goons”a”Horror Surf”music band in Las Vegas,NV.”Benny & the Goons” became a feature house-band on a weekly television show called”the Count Cool Rider T.V. Show”on “Warner Brothers Television” Channel 33 in Las Vegas,NV..”Benny & the Goons” also put out a few 7inch vinyl singles including a song called “Monster Swell”which was a song co-written by Bob Stubbs and “Benny Hammond”.”Benny & the Goons”broke up in 1997 because of a lack of finding a Bass Player to replace their own who had chosen to return to College.
In September of 1997 Bob Stubbs returned to Sacramento,California and soon formed a new band called “The Hypnotic IV” with some fellow “Surf Music”enthusiasts in the local music scene there.”The Hypnotic IV”released an album called “Hypnotica!”in 1998 & another album called “Hypnotic IV LIVE! too loud,outta tune & barely gettin’ paid” with Bob Stubbs on drums.Bob Stubbs brought some of the songs from “Benny & the Goons”with him to add to “The Hypnotic IV’s”sound.One song included “Monster Swell”which actually charted on the underground Surf Music”scene charts and was given praise from many Surf Music”enthusiasts calling it”the best NEW Surf song to come along since “The Ventures” “Walk Don’t Run” from 1959.
Bob Stubbs formed another infamous band while playing drums in the “Hypnotic IV” called “The Inertians” to satisfy his longing for his “Punk Rock” roots that included Jesse Bunker on Bass & Paul Ostrander on Guitar & Bob Stubbs on drums.This band recorded an 8 track recorded C.D. entitled “The Inertians”.This C.D. was only a local Sacramento,California release.Bob Stubbs moved from Sacramento,CA. back to Phoenix,Arizona in 2000 to rejoin “The Glass Heroes”.Since then Bob Stubbs recorded a full album of new songs he co-wrote with “Chris Buskirk” that are included on a yet to be released album entitled”Brazen Beat”.This album was produced & played on by another old friend and fellow “Surf Music”ex-band member “Klaus Flouride” of San Francisco California’s “Dead Kennedys”.As of 2010 ,Bob Stubbs is again forming a new band currently including former members of the bands “Tread” & “DownHill Trend”.A new album of songs is in the works and a possible tour with music festival dates is currently underway.Bob Stubbs will be re-recording some of his previous un-released music and alot of new songs with this new band.More to come in the next few months,so this Bio is destined to change.




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