One of Southern California's earliest punk bands, the Weirdos
released two EPs during the late '70s before breaking up; consistent reunion gigs during the '80s kept their name alive, and the group returned to the studio in 1988 for Condor
, released two years later. The backbone -- and only constant members -- of the Weirdos
, brothers John
and Dix Denney
(vocals and guitar, respectively), formed the band in 1977 with bassist Cliff Roman
and drummer Nickey Beat
. By the time the band recorded the 1979 EP Who? What? When? Where? Why?
, drummer Danny Benair
(later of Three O'Clock
) was an active member; another EP followed one year later, but the Denney brothers were deserted soon after.
Though the Weirdos
didn't release a single record from 1981 to 1990, John
continued to record at home and re-form the band for occasional live shows. By 1988, they added original members Beat
for a new edition of the Weirdos
and signed to Frontier Records for 1990's Condor
, which also included bassist Flea
from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
. Frontier released the Weird World
compilation in 1991, after which the group again took an extended vacation.