When the Kings of Rock formed in Seattle, WA, in 1987, their musical direction was to create songs that were as loose, fun, and unpretentious as possible according to guitarist Tim "Purple" Hayes. During their lifetime, the group managed to release four 7" records and put their stamp on two compilation albums. The year was 1987 and guitarist/vocalist Tom Price had just finished a seven-year run with Seattle legends the U-Men. Price was working at the infamous Fallout Records store. His co-worker at Fallout was Hayes, whom Price had known from his days in the Seattle punk scene. As they would work, they would spin albums by '60s garage bands such as the Chocolate Watchband, the Milkshakes, and the Sonics. Hayes and Price couldn't believe how many people didn't know about these groups, especially the Sonics, who were from the Northwest. Realizing the fun that the music of the late '80s lacked, Hayes and Price rejuvenated the spirit of '60s groups by starting a tribute band to these forgotten musicians. Price recruited 15-year-old Dan "Reno" Ryan as the band's drummer. Ryan was the little brother of Price's former U-Men bandmate Charlie Ryan. Don Blackstone, a longtime friend of Price, was enlisted to play bass. Since the foursome held the '60s garage bands in such high admiration and were playing some of their music, they decided to honor those groups by calling themselves the Kings of Rock. Price was the only member of the group who had previously performed in a band. For the rest of the Kings of Rock members, being in a group was a whole new experience. The band learned their instruments as they went along, listening to albums by their mentors and picking up things by ear. The Kings of Rock had friends who owned many of the record labels in the Seattle area, which led to their first 7" release on Regal Select in 1988, titled I'd Rather Go to Jail. The band continued recording for Regal Select through 1989 and released their second 7" record, Nearly Recordings. They also contributed the song "Boss Hoss" to a Sonics' tribute album, called Here Ain't the Sonics on Estrus/Popllama, as well as the track "X Mess" for a split 7" with the band Girl Trouble for Regal Select. By the end of the year, In the Red records approached the Kings of Rock and asked the group to record a 7". The band agreed, but following the recording, the band broke up to pursue other musical interests. The 7", titled Bud, Sweat & Beers, appeared as a posthumous release in 1990 and contained all cover songs. These included the Sonics' number "The Witch," the Chocolate Watchband's "Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)?," and the Billy Childish track "Red Monkey." In 1990, the Kings of Rock held a semi-reunion for the Garage Shock festival in Seattle. Ryan couldn't be found, so the band recruited the Monomen's drummer Aaron Roeder for the gig. The show was followed by another posthumous release featuring the Kings of Rock. Their song "Little Girl Be Good" appeared on the 1991 Estrus three 7" record set The Estrus Halfrack. Following the demise of the Kings of Rock, Price and Blackstone joined Gas Huffer and the Del Lagunas. Gas Huffer kept in the garage rock tradition of the U-Men and the Kings of Rock, while the Del Lagunas were the alter ego of the Gas Huffer members. Instead of playing garage rock, the Del Lagunas strictly performed surf music. Price also began playing with Bottle of Smoke and the Monkeywrench in 1991, the latter of which included members of Mudhoney, Big Boys, and Lubricated Goat. Ryan finally re-surfaced that same year and began the Night Kings with Rob Vasquez of the Nights and Days. As for Hayes, he joined Sugar Sugar before moving to Texas and forming the Hormones and the Cryin' Out Louds. He moved back to Seattle in the late '90s and joined the band Helldorado and continued working at Fallout Records. The Kings of Rock material has subsequently been out of print.