As guitarist/songwriter for the legendary Rubinoos, Tommy Dunbar wrote some of the most sparkling pop songs of the '70s (or any other decade for that matter). After two critically acclaimed albums on Berserkley and an EP on Warner Brothers (as well as hundreds of unreleased demos), the Rubinoos decided to lay low. In 1989, the prolific Tommy enlisted former Rubinoos members Don Spindt (drums) and Al Chan (who had replaced original 'Noos bassist Royse Ader after the second album) and formed Vox Pop. Bringing in Psychotic Pineapple bassist John Seabury, Chan switched over to guitar and the Vox Pop line-up was complete. Vox Pop recorded plenty of material in 1989 and 1990 but, apart from tapes circulating amongst pop fans, nothing was officially released. Since then, interest in anything and everything Rubinoos has been on the rise. One Way Records released Basement Tapes, a collection of demos for the projected third album that never materialized, and Big Deal Records issued Garage Sale, more demos and unreleased recordings. Finally, Sandbox Records, run by longtime 'Noos fan and friend Marty Rudnick, secured the rights to the Vox Pop material and released their self-titled debut in '98.
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