In the comments for this post, someone from one of the more enigmatic bands that turned up in the searches popped up to reveal quite a few completely new twists to the story. I was hoping that someone would find references to themselves, and then be able to provide more pieces of the puzzle, but not so quickly! Here’s most of Brad’s post:
In 1975, there were 2 bands playing something other than the covers of the day or metal…Ultrex & Harlot. By ’76, both bands split and some members came together as the Backstabbers, New Orleans’ 1st punk band. I was the singer and we lasted till ’78. I split with the bass player and formed The Contenders,who split in ’80 when I moved to Austin and formed Aces 88 (Poison 13 covered and recorded our song, ‘Big City Lights’,) then joined the Next for a month or so. I also played with Lester Bangs for a bit there, then I moved to San Francisco in ’81 and joined Passion Kick, left and formed Fade To Black, a Doorsy psychedelic goth band who released Corridors of Gender (soon to be reissued on cd w/ bonus live and demo trax.) When the band split up (don’t they always?) I moved to London and played with Slaughter Joe (w/ JAMC producer Joe Foster) Came back to SF in ’85 and formed Bohemian Luv Jones, a mad cross between and R&B revue and Iggy Pop! A couple of others came and went,then I “retired” for 12 years. I continued writing songs for others (Mike Levy, Mystery School, etc.) and finally formed Corsica in ’02. Our 1st cd, Ocean Born is finally going to be finished next month and we’ll be shopping it around. Meanwhile, I’ve played solo acoustic shows under the pseudonym of Jack Orion, and have recently joined yet another band called Swoon, a collision of Psychedelic Furs-ish post-punk and glam. We’ll also be recording a cd over the next couple of months, so stay tuned!
A side note….’Lectric Eye was an idie label run by Carlos Boll of the Skinnies (now the other half of The Mystery School in NYC) The (Totally) Cold were pretty goofy but did include Vance Degeneres who went on to develop Mister Bill for Sat Night Live and now, I see his name as a producer for either Elimidate or Blanddate or one of those shows…The Normals have all dropped out of music as far as I know. Men In Black still make mysterious appearances now and again (I still see Jay here in SF…but he’s now a woman) RZA…who knows? Lenny Zenith was in NYC last I heard.