The Gizmos were a legendary Indiana band of the late 1970s that put out
three EPs at the beginning of the punk-rock/new wave age. Formed by singers
and rock critics Ken Highland and Eddie Flowers in 1976, they released the
EP The Gizmos (Gulcher, 1976), one of the earlies documents of the era.
While naif to the bone, the four songs are quintessential: the
surf guitar progressions of Muff Divin', the
catchy Them-style anthem Mean Screen, and their little masterpiece,
That's Cool, that weds the raw, menacing boogie of the Velvet Underground
with the Rolling Stones' thorny rhythm and blues riffs.
With Highland enrolled in the navy,
Flowers took the leading role on the following EPs,
the vastly inferior Amerika First (Gulcher, 1977) and
World Tour (Gulcher, 1978).
The latter returned partially to the shimmering form of the debut, thanks to
the epic, Lou Reed-tinged refrain of Gizmos World Tour and
to the swinging rhythm and blues of We're Gonna Rumble.
Singer and guitarist Dale Lawrence emerged as the only leader on the EP
Never Mind The Sex Pistols (Gulcher, 1978).
Two years later the Gizmos shared an album with Down Jones and The Industrials,
Hoosier Hysteria (Gulcher, 1980), a side filled with more blasphemous
rock and roll numbers.
The EP and the album will be collected on Never Mind The Gizmos (Gulcher).
Lawrence then moved to Florida and formed the
Flowers would later start the Crawlspace.
Guitarist Tim Carroll formed the country band Blue Chieftains in
Billy Nightshade relocated to Boston as bass guitarist for Unattached.
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