Today is the birthday of Zander Schloss, who played bass with the Circle
Jerks as well as collaborating with the Weirdos and the Low 'n' Sweet
Orchestra. One of the first skate-punk bands to come out of the Los Angeles
area, the Circle Jerks formed in 1980 after frontman Keith Morris departed
an early lineup of the punk band Black Flag. Some said Morris bore a passing resemblance to another punk icon, Johnny Rotten, and the Jerks lent the same basic three-chord foundations to their version of punk rock.
The Circle Jerks released their debut album, Group Sex, in 1980 and
the following year appeared in the original Decline of Western
Civilization. They went on to release other successes such as Wild in
the Streets and Golden Shower of Hits, in which the group crafted
a scathing medley of 1970s tunes such as "Afternoon Delight" and "Love Will
Keep Us Together." Schloss didn't join the band until 1983, replacing
original bassist Roger Rogerson; his addition, along with that of new
drummer Keith Clark, gave the band a more metal-based sound. The Jerks have continued to produce and release records into this decade, including 1992's all-live collection Gig and 1995's Oddities, Abnormalities and
Curiosities, their first album for a major label.
Other birthdays: Charles Pope (Tams), 61; Rodney Crowell, 47; Andy Fraser
(Free), 45; Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden), 39; Jacqui O'Sullivan (Bananarama), 37; and actor David Duchovny.