(vocals, guitar, bass, drums) is best known as one of the singer/songwriters for the '80s new wave band Translator
. However, Barton
actually began his musical career in 1967; it's just that hardly anybody heard it. At the age of 12, Barton
recorded a song for Sidewalk Records called "Lost" with his band the Present Tense; however, the guitar player's father refused to sign the contract, and the track wasn't released until more than three decades later, appearing as a hidden bonus track on Barton
's solo debut, The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around the World.
Influenced by the breathless energy and raw anger of punk rock as well as the sublime melodism of the Beatles
in 1979 with Robert Darlington
(guitar), Larry Dekker
(bass), and Dave Scheff
(drums). Although Translator
only had one commercial hit, "Everywhere That I'm Not," the group's devout cult following on college radio stations rewarded all four of their '80s albums with substantial left-of-the-dial airplay. After the release of Evening of the Harvest
in 1986, Barton
found himself without a band. Troubled by the breakup, Barton
ceased recording for several years. In 1999, Barton
released his first solo album, The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around the World.