The Plugz

The Plugz

The Plugz
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Punk rock, rock
Associated acts Los Cruzados, Tito & Tarantula, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds

The Plugz (also known as "Los Plugz") were a Latino punk band from Los Angeles, California that formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1984. They and The Zeros were among the first Latino punk bands, although several garage rock bands, such as Thee Midniters and Question Mark & the Mysterians, predated them. The Plugz melded the spirit of punk and Latino music.

Early history

The band was formed in 1977 and was a contemporary of the bands featured in the film The Decline of Western Civilization.[1] Their songs reflected the anger and angst of growing up Chicano, and this was reflected in their sardonic hi-speed version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba". The Plugz are generally acknowledged as being the first D.I.Y. punk band in L.A., having started their own PLUGZ RECORDS and later Fatima records.

Line up

The band was initially composed of:

This lineup recorded the band's first album, Electrify Me (1979).[1] Produced and engineered by Alan Kutner

After McBride left (sometime in 1979-80), he was replaced by John Curry from The Flyboys, who left to form Choir Invisible less than a year later.[2] Larriva and Curry wrote the title track to the second album Better Luck. The musicians on the band's second album, Better Luck (1981), were:


Tony Marsico joined the band in late 1980, and Steven Hufsteter began playing lead guitar with the group in 1984.

With the addition of Steven Hufsteter on lead guitar, The Plugz also feature prominently on the soundtrack to the movie Repo Man. The group performed "Hombre Secreto," a Spanish version of Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man", along with original instrumental background music for the film. Both "Hombre Secreto" and "Reel Ten" (the instrumental soundtrack for Repo Man), featured Hufsteter on lead guitar.

Plugz bassist Tony Marsico and drummer Charlie Quintana accompanied Bob Dylan on his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on 22 March 1984 for three songs: "Don't Start Me Talkin'" (by Sonny Boy Williamson), "Jokerman", and "License to Kill".[3]

In 1984, The Plugz name was retired and the three members continued as the Cruzados with Steven Hufsteter.

The Plugz reunited the three founding members for The Masque 30th Anniversary Party and Book Release show on November 11, 2007 at The Echoplex in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, California.[4]


Track listing - Electrify Me (1979)

  1. "A Gain - A Loss" (Tito Larriva)
  2. "The Cause" (Tito Larriva)
  3. "Electrify Me" (Tito Larriva)
  4. "Satisfied Die" (Tito Larriva/Barry McBride)
  5. "La Bamba" (public domain)
  6. "Adolescent" (Tito Larriva)
  7. "Braintime" (Tito Larriva)
  8. "Wordless" (Tito Larriva)
  9. "Let Go" (Tito Larriva/Barry McBride)
  10. "Infection" (Tito Larriva)
  11. "Berserktown" (Tito Larriva)

Track listing - Better Luck (1981)

  1. "Better Luck" (Tito Larriva/Curry)
  2. "Red Eye No. 9" (Tito Larriva)
  3. "Achin'" (Tito Larriva)
  4. "American" (Tito Larriva)
  5. "In The Wait" (Tito Larriva)
  6. "El Clavo Y La Cruz" (Tito Larriva)
  7. "Blue Sofa" (Tito Larriva)
  8. "Touch For Cash" (Tito Larriva)
  9. "Gas Line" (Tito Larriva)
  10. "Cesar's Song" (Tito Larriva)
  11. "Shifting Heart" (Tito Larriva)
  12. "No Love" (Tito Larriva)


See also


  1. 1 2 Spitz, Marc; Mullen, Brendan (2001). We got the neutron bomb : the untold story of L.A. Punk (1st ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0609807749.
  2. Nevarez, Leonard (January 31, 2012). "Tito Larriva: the hombre secreto of L.A.'s culture industry". Musical Urbanism.
  3. Marsico, Tony (2011). Late Nights With Bob Dylan. Scam-Co. ISBN 0557015456.
  4. "Plugz Reunion at the Echoplex 11-11-07". YouTube. November 13, 2007.
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