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Back in high school circa 1984, a friend and I started learning to play guitar (me) and bass (Jim). We found another friend that played drums and we started jamming at my house. We wrote a few songs. (We were mostly influenced by 1980′s punk rock). I couldn’t sing worth a darn, even by punk standards. So we found a 4th friend (Dan) who was willing to sing. By then though, we needed a new drummer. Our singer friend had a friend (John) who played drums and he was totally up for playing with us. Scatter Zoom was formed in 1985.
We practiced as much as we could and wrote quite a few songs. I think our repertoire was about 25 original complete songs and a handful of songs in progress. We played several parties and had a couple of official gigs at a local night club (Goodies, Fullerton CA). In 1985-86 we cut our own demo tape on a portable boom box. We also filmed a video that a friend produced since he was taking courses at Cal State Fullerton. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I do not have a copy of this video. We also had some video footage of a band practice at John’s house, again this tape was lost. We played a battle of the bands at a skating rink in Santa Ana and won against an established local band (Lost Cause). Summer of 1986 was probably our most active in terms of playing.
After high school, we went our own ways and did not play again for most of 1987. In 1988 we re-united and started to play as a band again. We wrote a couple of new, faster / harder songs. This is when we played at Goodies (twice) and a few more parties. Our last gig was Memorial Day weekend, 1989 at Goodies night club.
Almost twenty years later we had a reunion for Dan’s 40th birthday party (2007). There is some video footage of that event.