The Skabbs were born out of complete boredom and a McDonald's diet, Andy Thoreson, Steve Evans, Mike Enzor and Andy Gonzalez started a band early in 1977. They convened nightly at Steve's house in Lawndale, CA. Many hours were spent practicing the theme from the 60s sitcom "My Three Sons". They'd play it over and over with Thoreson blowing sick sax, and all of them giggling for hours afterwards listening to the tape over and over again. Eventually they tired of this exercise and decided to expand.
Guitarist Steve Evans worked with a dude named Dwayne Morris, who walked around the car lot all day doing his best Robert Plant imitation, so Steve thought, "here's our lead singer". Only thing with Dwayne was he had bad timing, so he had problems knowing when to come in. This didn't seem like a problem to the other Skabbs, but he eventually opted out. Fortunately though, working with Dwayne gave The Skabbs a new direction.
After seeing Devo perform at the Whiskey in the summer of '77, and having absorbed some Sex Pistols and Ramones sides, the 4 Skabbs decided that maybe punk, or "New Wave" might be rock & roll’s savior, and therefore could be the correct direction for The Skabbs.
The others pushed Drummer Andy Gonzalez to ask his friend, composer and all around Bon Vivant Steve Salazar to write songs for them. Salazar agreed, but wanted some reference material to work with. They gave him records by the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Jam and Generation X. He immediately gave them a cassette with his demo of “Long May She Wave” and another song he had written previously called “4th of July”. Long May She Wave was intended as the answer song to “God Save The Queen”. The American version, if you will.
Salazar had a master’s degree in musical composition from USC. He wrote symphonies, and had a knack for writing decidedly twisted pop songs. The Skabbs did one rehearsal with Salazar and asked him to be their lead singer. He agreed.
Salazar wound up writing about 25 songs for The Skabbs. He became The Skabbs' lead vocalist and keyboard player, and guided the band throughout it's short, but inspired career.
The Skabbs played numerous gigs in L.A. between late '77 and early '79. They were hated in hippie bars because the hippies thought they were punks. They were hated in punk clubs because the "real punks" knew The Skabbs weren't one of them. All the while, they played dumb and pretended not to care one way or the other.
Salazar died of natural causes in February ’79, thus ending The Skabbs original run. The 4 surviving members played a mini gig in late 2006 and remembered what a kick it was to play the songs this strange man had written for them. The spirit of Steven J. Salazar's music continues to inspire these four freaks. Amen.