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THE GIZMOS' FAVE RAVES, MARCH 1976

KEN HIGHLAND (19): lead guitar, lead vocals

FAVORITE BANDS
Gizmos, MC5, Stooges, Yardbirds, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, any band with me in it, Cerberus, Kiss, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & the Maytals, Patti Smith Group

FAVORITE SINGERS
Rich Coffee, Ted Niemiec, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Gene Simmons, Mike Saunders

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Ken Highland, Tony Iommi, Alvin Lee, Ritchie Blackmore, anyone in Cerberus, Joe Perry, Glen Buxton, Dave Hill, Ace Frehley

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Ted Nugent (first on Epic); MC5 -- Back in the USA; New York Dolls -- Too Much Too Soon; Velvet Underground -- White Light/White Heat & 1969; The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!; Stooges -- Raw Power; Blue Cheer -- Vincebus Eruptum; Black Sabbath -- Master of Reality; Mike Saunders' solo tapes; Lou Reed -- Rock & Roll Animal; Johnny Winter And -- Live; Kiss -- Alive; Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Gimme Back My Bullets; Aerosmith -- all; Hound Dog Taylor -- Beware of the Dog; Gizmos EP; Deep Purple -- Made in Japan;Toots & the Maytals -- Funky Kingston; Bob Marley & the Wailers -- Natty Dread

FAVORITE MOVIES
A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, Zardoz, American Graffiti, the movie Eddie's gonna make with Ted

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Happy Days, The Ted Niemiec Comedy Hour


EDDIE FLOWERS (18): lead and background vocals

FAVORITE BANDS
Dictators, MC5, Stooges, Velvet Underground, Flamin' Groovies, Patti Smith Group, Yardbirds, Jan & Dean, Beach Boys, Sonics, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Can

FAVORITE SINGERS
Iggy Pop, Gerry Roslie, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Patti Smith, Otis Redding, James Brown, Damo Suzuki, Mark Lindsay, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Ron Asheton, Lou Reed, Larry Parypa, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Dick Dale, Fred Smith & Wayne Kramer, Tony Iommi, Cliff Gallup, John Coltrane, Keith Moon, Bob Bennett, Maureen Tucker

FAVORITE ALBUMS
The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!; MC5 -- Kick Out the Jams & live in Saginaw 1970 tape; Stooges -- Fun House; Velvet Underground --  White Light/White Heat; Sonics -- Explosives; Patti Smith -- Horses; various artists -- Beserkley Chartbusters; The Modern Lovers; Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers (first LP); Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band; John Coltrane -- Ascension; The Who Sing My Generation; Blue Oyster Cult (first LP); The Harder They Come soundtrack; Mike Saunders -- unreleased tapes; Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps -- The Bop That Just Won't Stop (1956); Jerry Lee Lewis -- Original Golden Hits Volume 1 & Monsters; Black Sabbath -- Paranoid & Master of Reality; various artists -- Nuggets; Captain Beefheart -- Trout Mask Replica & Safe As Milk; 13th Floor Elevators -- Easter Everywhere; Can -- Ege Bamyasi; Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds; Flamin' Groovies -- Teenage Head & Grease EP; Shadows of Knight -- Back Door Men

FAVORITE MOVIES
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Psycho, The Blob, Planet of the Apes, Easy Rider, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Hard Day's Night, The Party, The Time Machine, King Kong, Marx Brothers movies

FAVORITE TELEVISION
The Gong Show, Saturday Night Live, Sanford & Son, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, The Tonight Show, local wrestling


TED NIEMIEC (18): lead and background vocals

FAVORITE BANDS
Bowie, Gizmos, Lou Reed, Raspberries, Mott the Hoople, Wings, America, Kiss, Ravel, the Dancing Bear Band

FAVORITE SINGERS
Bowie, Lou Reed, Ted Niemiec, Paul McCartney, Edith Piaf

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Punky Meadows, Bowie, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Lou Reed, Earl Slick, Eno, Ken Highland, Andy Mackay

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Bowie -- Station to Station & Diamond Dogs; Velvet Underground -- Loaded; Lou Reed -- Rock & Roll Animal; Mott the Hoople -- All the Young Dudes; Wings -- At the Speed of Sound; Kiss (first); anything with "Sweet Jane" on it

FAVORITE MOVIES
A Clockwork Orange, Summer of '42, Love Story, The Wizard of Oz, Shampoo, Flight of the Phoenix, Emmanuelle

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, American Bandstand, Monty Python, Sesame Street


RICH COFFEE (18): rhythm guitar, background vocals

FAVORITE BANDS
Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Stooges, Cerberus and Gizmos, Velvet Underground, MC5, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones

FAVORITE SINGERS
Robert Plant, Ted Niemiec, Dickie Peterson

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Smith, Jimmy Page, Ken Highland

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Gizmos EP; other than that, I have no specific favorites.

FAVORITE MOVIES
Billy Jack, Woodstock (in its time)--movies suck now.

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Are you kidding? TV rots the mind.


DAVE SULAK (19): bass guitar

FAVORITE BANDS
Black Sabbath, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Cerberus, Gizmos, Johnny Winter, Frank Zappa

FAVORITE SINGERS
Robert Plant, Jon Anderson

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Rich Coffee, Ken Highland, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Gizmos EP; all Zep; Yes-- Yessongs & Fragile

FAVORITE MOVIES
Billy Jack, Vanishing Point, Woodstock

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Star Trek, Flash Gordon


RICK CZAJKA (16): rhythm and lead guitar

FAVORITE BANDS
Santana, Pink Floyd, Cerberus, Ten Years After, Eagles, Frank Zappa

FAVORITE SINGERS
don't have one

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Carlos Santana

FAVORITE ALBUMS
I like almost everything

FAVORITE MOVIES
[no answer]

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Monty Python's Flying Circus


JIM DeVRIES (18): drums

FAVORITE BANDS
Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Savoy Brown, Bloodrock

FAVORITE SINGERS
[no answer]

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Rory Gallagher

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Johnny Winter -- Captured Live; Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson Lake & Palmer

FAVORITE MOVIES
Woodstock

FAVORITE TELEVISION
Johnny Carson show


DAVEY MEDLOCK (21): background vocals

FAVORITE BANDS
Bonzo Dog Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, T. Rex, Incredible String Bang, Velvet Underground, Who, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Fairport Convention, and a thousand more

FAVORITE SINGERS
Robert Plant, Nico, Otis Redding, Flora Purim, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Mitch Ryder

FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, John Fahey, Terry Riley, Keith Jarrett

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Velvet Underground -- White Light/White Heat & all the rest; Taj Mahal -- Giant Step; The Bunch -- Rock On; and that ain't all (I'd run out of room)

FAVORITE MOVIES
A Clockwork Orange, Slaughterhouse Five, and all Marx Brothers movies

FAVORITE TELEVISION
none