More Horror loves Friday the 13th Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin’s band, the Sloths!
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1965. Five boys, ages 15 to 17, stepped on stage of the famed PANDORA’S BOX on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. THE SLOTHS were born. Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their garages playing the music of the British bands that inspired them; The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, as well as the American blues and rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. The band, with a few changes in the members, played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Hollywood Palladium, The Whiskey, Bito Lidos, and The Galaxy. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals. THE SLOTHS were approached by Impression Records and recorded two original songs; ‘MAKIN LOVE’ & ‘YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME’. Taking their 45 to local radio stations themselves, they hoped to have it played. But ‘Makin’ Love’ was considered too controversial and ‘You Mean Everything To Me’ was only played on air once. By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. Some returned to school, others dissolved into The May Wines, The Yellow Payges, TNT, The Kingbees, and Doug Yule’s Velvet Underground. Over the years those scant few 45s of THE SLOTHS music disappeared into basements, attics, then garage sales. Unbeknownst to them during the 1980s their record of MAKIN LOVE was discovered. It had been added to a collection of garage band music and the album was released as BACK FROM THE GRAVE: VOL 4. A ‘buzz’ began with garage and punk music fans. Who were these guys? Over the next three decades a couple more 45s of MAKIN LOVE surfaced. Now amongst the garage band enthusiasts and rock music collectors this was a much-desired record to own. By 2011, MAKIN LOVE & YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME in its original picture sleeve was selling on eBay for $6,550.00. Rock magazine editor MIKE STAX wanted to do an article in his international magazine UGLY THINGS on this rare record. He also was going to try solving the mystery of ‘Who Were The Sloths?’ He found original guitarist JEFF BRISKIN. By some strange happenstance, at the exact same time, MIKE DUGO of 60sgarageband.com found another key original member MIKE RUMMANS. Slowly others were found…STEVE DIBNER, DON SILVERMAN, and TOMMY McLOUGHLIN lead singer of The May Wines. Sadly, it was learned that singer/songwriter HANK DANIELS and drummer SAM KAMRASS had passed on. The guys decided to get together for the first time in almost 45 years…and, of course, in a garage. They played the songs from their 1965 song list. Somehow everything: their sound, the passion, and high energy was back exactly as it was in the 60s. Taking the risk, Mike Stax booked them on a bill with his group The Loons in San Diego. The crowd that night consisted of young garage, punk, and 60s rock fans. The Sloths were wildly received. This new generation of fans experienced what a night in a Sunset Strip club in the 60s was really like. THE SLOTHS were ‘back from the grave’! Their original single MAKIN’ LOVE was re-released on vinyl. They continue booking shows worldwide including the PONDEROSA STOMP in New Orleans, The ROXY in Hollywood, UGLY THINGS 30th ANNIVERSARY in San Diego, and the PURPLE WEEK-END in Leon, Spain. The members consist of guitar/bassist MICHAEL RUMMANS, guitarist PATRICK DiPUCCIO, drummer RAY HERRON, and vocalist TOMMY McLOUGHLIN