Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Roman Gods, by David Arnoff

In recognition of the Fleshtones' 40th anniversary this month, I've been combing through the Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America's Garage Band and online archives for some little-seen nuggets. While writing Sweat I contacted acclaimed photographer David Arnoff, who kindly let me reproduce a larger version of the shot of Peter Zaremba at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in 1981 that graced the back of Roman Gods. In going though my files, I was reminded that Arnoff had sent me higher resolution images of two other iconic images from the back of the Fleshtones' debut LP. He's allowing me to reproduce them here, along with his original proofs sheet.

Here are some indelible shots of the Fleshtones in action in she-la-la-la-land at the dawn of the 1980s. The party's just getting started.

More on Arnoff's work here.
Bill Milhizer, ON-Klub, September 1980
Keith Streng astride Gordon Spaeth, Whisky A Go Go, January 1981
General nuttiness, Whisky, 1981.

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