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The Fuzztones
The Fuzztones en Barcelona.jpgRudi Protrudi live with the Fuzztones, Barcelona, June 2008
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresGarage rock revival, psychedelic rock
Years active1980–present
Music Maniac
Get Back
Situation Two


MembersRudi Protrudi
Lana Loveland
David Gabriel Thorpe
Marco Rivagli
Past membersDeb O'Nair
Jake Cavaliere
Ira Elliot
Michael Jay
Elan Portnoy
Jason Savall
John Carlucci
Jordan Tarlow
Mike Czekaj
Gabe Hammond
Philip Arriagada
Mark Lane
Vince Dante (Bernard Yin)
Screamin' Bo Pille

The Fuzztones are an American garage rock revival band formed in 1980.[1] Founded by singer-guitarist Rudi Protrudi in New York City, the band has gone through several member changes but is currently active in Europe. Dismissed by some critics and listeners as a "bar band" or unoriginal, they maintained a strong fan base in New York, in Europe (with their music being played on Hungarian State Radio), and in Los Angeles. Rudi Protrudi moved to Los Angeles in 1987, after the breakup of the original band, to organize a new Fuzztones, consisting of Jordan Tarlow, (Lead Guitar) John "Speediejohn" Carlucci, (Bass) Jason Savall, (Vox Organ) & "Mad" Mike Czekaj on drums. This lineup bears the distinction of being the only 1980's garage rock revival band to secure a major label record deal[citation needed], when they signed to RCA.

The group's name is derived from Fuzz Tone, the commercial name of a guitar effect pedal invented in 1962 and whose distinctive sound was popularized in the 1965 hit song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.


  • 1 Founder members
  • 2 Current members
  • 3 Current touring members
  • 4 Discography[2]
    • 4.1 LP
    • 4.2 Singles and EPs
    • 4.3 Live
    • 4.4 Compilation
    • 4.5 Tribute and other stuff
    • 4.6 Compilation appearances
  • 5 Related bands
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Founder members

  • Rudi Protrudi (vocals, guitar)
  • Deb O'Nair (organ)
  • Elan Portnoy (guitar)
  • Michael Jay (bass)
  • Michael Phillips (drums)

Current members

  • Rudi Protrudi (vocals, guitar)
  • Lana Loveland (organ)
  • David Gabriel Thorpe (bass)
  • Marco Rivagli (drums)

Current touring members

  • Nico Secondini (keyboards)
  • Vince Dante (guitar)


  • Lysergic Emanations (1985)
  • In Heat (1989)
  • Braindrops (1991)
  • Monster A-Go-Go (1992)
  • Salt for Zombies (2003)
  • Horny as Hell (2008)
  • Preaching to the Perverted (2011)


  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Fuzztones LIVE 12" EP (1984, United States Midnight Records MIRLP114B)
    • reissued in 2006 on 12" EP by Italy Get Back Records
    • reissued in 2015 on 12" LP by Cleopatra record USA (original four tracks on A side and bonus tracks on B side), also available on cd (same running time and track list)
  • Leave Your Mind At Home (12" EP, 1984, United States Midnight Records - MIRLP105)
    • reissued in 2006 on 12" EP by Italy Get Back Records
  1. Voices Green and Purple
  2. Blackout of Gretely
  3. No Friend of Mine
  4. We're Pretty Quick
  5. My Flash on You
  6. Bag I'm In
  7. You Burn Me Up and Down
  • Lysergic Love/Lovely Sort Of Death (1986, Furlined Vulcano/Purple Helmut) (bootleg live album)
  • Live in Europe! flexidisc (1987, Germany Music Maniac Records MM06)
    • reissued in 2006 on 12" LP with gatefold sleeve by Italy Get Back Records
      • First 1,000 copies contain one-sided 7-inch picture disc of the Glora flexidisc
  • Blue Themes/13 Women And The Only Man Around (1988, Mint Minus Records MMR666) live bootleg
    • Blue Theme (1987) - German bootleg of above
  • In Heat Tour souvenir 10" picture disc (1989, United Kingdom Situation Two Records SIT 61)
  • Lysergic Ejaculations CD (1994, Germany Music Maniac Records MM052)
  • LSD 25: 25 Years of Fuzz and Fury CD & DVD (2005, Sin 002 / Italy Get Back Records GET138)
  • Lord Have Mercy On My Soul (Recorded at Lincoln Lounge, Venice, CA. - 7" single, 2005, Twist, Twist 34)


  • Creatures that Time Forgot (LP/CD,1989, Germany, Music Maniac - MMLP020/United States Skycad CD/LP HEAD 64CD/HEAD 64)
  • Teen Trash Vol. 4 12"LP/CD (1994, Germany Music Maniac MM88004)
  • Flashbacks (1996, Sundazed Music SC11045)
  • Lysergic Legacy - The Very Best Of (2013, Cleopatra Records)

Tribute and other stuff

  • Illegitimate Spawn double CD (Tribute album to The Fuzztones featuring 42 bands - 2006, Sin Records SIN003)
  • Songs We Taught The Fuzztones 2xCD (Original versions of songs played by the Fuzztones - 1989, Germany Music Maniac MMCD 66002)
  • The Fuzztones BOOM 10"EP/CD (The Sonics tribute album - 2006, Beyond Your Mind Records)
  1. A1 - Caught You Red-Handed
  2. A2 - Cinderella
  3. A3 - The Witch
  4. B1 - Have Love Will Travel
  5. B2 - Strychnine
  6. B3 - Boss Hoss

Compilation appearances

  • The Rebel Kind (1983, Sounds Interesting Records)
    • includes the song "Ward 81"
  • New York Freakout flexidisc (1984, 99th Floor fanzine & Venus Records)
    • includes the song "99th Floor", also tracks by Plasticland and The Vipers
  • Battle of the Garages Vol.2 (Voxx Records/BOMP Records 200-019)
    • includes the song "Green Slime"
  • Hanging Out At Midnight (1984, United States Midnight Records MIDLP 127)
    • includes the song "The Witch"
  • Garage Sale cassette (1985, United States ROIR CASSETTE A135)
    • includes the song "Cinderella"
  • Skullfuck 7" EP (1987, Germany Glitterhouse Records GR 0027)
    • Free with Glitterhouse magazine
    • includes a live recording of the song "Brand New Man"
    • also tracks by Broken Jug, The Fluid, and The Politicians
  • Lost Trails 7" EP (included with Lost Trails fanzine)
  • Gimmick double 12" LP (Germany Music Maniac MMLP 023)
  • For Your Longhair Party 7" EP (1992, Aishna Ash Records 202)
    • includes the song "Be A Caveman"
  • CAVESTOMP! Volume 1 CD (1998, Cavestomp Records 001)
    • includes the song "She's Wicked"
  • R.A.F.R. Volume 3 CD (2000, R.A.F.R. Records RAFR011)
  • Las Vegas Shakedown CD (2000, Masked Superstar Recordings 001)
    • includes the song "A Wristwatch Band"
  • Be A Caveman: The Best of the Voxx Garage Revival CD (2004, Voxx Records VCD2073)
  • Todos Somos Ramones CD (2004, Rockaway Records)
  • Evil Fuzz (2005, Om Om Music RBKB9 B9)
  • Lost in Tyme CD (included with 2005 issue of 'Lost In Tyme' magazine)
    • includes the song "They're Gonna Take You Away"
  • Children of Nuggets four-CD box set (2005, Rhino Records RT74639)
    • includes the song "Bad News Travels Fast"
  • Psychedelica Volume I double CD (2006, Northern Star Records NS1)
  • Psych-Out Christmas (2013, Cleopatra Records)
    • includes the song "Santa Claus"

Related bands

  • Link Protrudi And The Jaymen - Rudi Protrudi
  • Rudi Protrudi And The Midnight Plowboys - Rudi Protrudi
  • Tina Peel - Rudi Protrudi - Deb O' Nair - Jim Nastix - Jackson Plugz


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1995). Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave 2E. Firebird Distributing. ISBN 0-85112-657-X. 
  2. ^ Fuzztones at Discogs

External links

  • Official homepage
  • The Fuzztones at AllMusic
  • The Fuzztones on MySpace
  • The Fuzztones on Rate Your Music
  • Official Page of Rudi Protrudi

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