- The Untouchables (band)
:"This article is about the Los Angeles mod/soul band. For the Washington D.C. punk band, see
Untouchables (punk band). For the English progressive rock band, see The Untouchables (rock band)"
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Untouchables
Background = group_or_band
Alias = The UTs
Genre = Soul,
Years_active = 1981 - present
Current_members = Jerry Miller
Mark London Sims
Past_members = Anthony Brewster
The Untouchables (sometimes known as The UTs) are a soul/
mod revivalband from the Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Californiaarea.
They formed in 1981 as part of the embryonic L.A. mod revival, after being inspired by the
skarevival/ punk rockband The Boxboys. Since some couldn't play instruments, they either hastily learned, or became vocalists. The original lineup included: Kevin Long (vocals), Chuck Askerneese (vocals), Terry Ellsworth (rhythm guitar), Clyde Grimes (guitar), Rob Lampron (drums), Herman Askerneese (bass) and Jerry Miller (vocals, timbales).
After a shaky start playing at parties, the integrated septet were eventually booked at the O.N. Klub (known as the "On" to regulars). The band had guaranteed the club that they would pack the venue, and they did not disappoint. In middle of that year, they released their first 7" single, copies of which were snapped up by local mods. The Untouchables originally played covers such as "We Ain't Got Nothing Yet" (
Blues Magoos), " Whatcha Gonna Do About It" ( Small Faces) and " (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" ( Monkees) in addition to their own songs. Late in 1982, the band began a stint as the house band at the Roxy Theatre. Terry Ellsworth left the band in the summer of 1983, at the height of the California mod revival. Josh Harris was added on keyboards, and Will Donato (who became a successful smooth jazzartist) started on sax.
Their second single, "The General," became a minor local hit, despite poor distribution. The band performed "The General" in the 1984 comedy "
The Party Animal", and they appeared as a scooter gang in the movie "Repo Man". In early 1984, they were signed to Stiff Records. Concerts with The B-52's, Black Uhuru, Bow Wow Wow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, No Doubtand X all over California gave the group a disparate following of whites, blacks, mods, punks, surfers and rockabillyfans, with the local performances drawing up to 1,500 people. The band also appeared in the 1984 film " Surf II", performing "Dance Beat", and 1987's "No Man's Land", performing "What's Gone Wrong".
Vocalist Kevin Long (who had named the band) left in 1984. Guitarist Clyde Grimes took on more vocal leads, and in 1984 the band recorded "Free Yourself", which became very popular, especially in the
United Kingdom. The band has gone through many lineup changes since then, and as of 2006, only vocalist Jerry Miller remains from the original lineup.
* "Twist n Shake" b/w "Dance Beat" (1982)
* "The General" b/w "Tropical Bird" (1983)
* "Live and Let Dance" EP (1984)
* "Free Yourself" (1984)
* "Dance Party" (1985)
* "Wild Child" (1985)
* "Agent Double O Soul" (1988)
* "Decade of Dance" (1991)
* "Cool Beginnings - Rare & Unreleased 1981-1983"
* "Ghetto Stout" (2000)
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