If you like good ol’ fashioned rock and roll or finely crafted pop then approach with caution, the Twinkeyz are probably not for you. The Twinkeyz was a psychedelic pop garage band formed in Sacramento in 1977, by Walter Smith, Tom Darling, Steve Bateman and myself (using the stage name Donnie Jupiter). The Twinkeyz released three singles and an LP and played about seven or eight gigs before the band broke up in 1980.
The Twinkeyz music consisted of slightly skewed song structures held together with twisted pop hooks and treated with a more than liberal dose of noise and effects. The Twinks’ never met an effect box they didn't like. As lead singer and song writer, I indulged in my interest in aliens, mysticism, E. S. P. Biblical monsters, strange feelings, wild love, etc..
The whole sordid Twinkeyz story is exposed in a sixteen page booklet accompanying the 1998 CD retrospective issued on the Anopheles label. Gathered together on the CD are remixed remastered versions of all of our studio recordings, including unreleased tracks, and an ear-splitting set of live recordings.

TWINKEYZ DISCOGRAPHY

SINGLES
ALIENS IN OUR MIDST / LITTLE JOEY (TWIRP .001, 1977)

ALIENS IN OUR MIDST / 1,000 REASONS (GROK .001, 1977)

E. S. P. / CARTOON LAND (GROK .002, 1978)

LP

ALPHA JERK (PLUREX 1979)

CD
ALIENS IN OUR MIDST (THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS) 1977-80 (ANOPHELES .003, 1998)

CARTOON LAND 13 song LP (ANOPHELES 007, 2002) 1000 copies limited edition, new artwork by Donnie Jupiter, new mastering, clear vinyl


 

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