Da Losers

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Da Losers are the pot of gold at the end of three long and convoluted paths. Formed in 1994, the band, consisting of Tim Racca (guitar, vocals), John Scalzo (drums), and Ty Cobb (bass, vocals), has its…
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Da Losers are the pot of gold at the end of three long and convoluted paths. Formed in 1994, the band, consisting of Tim Racca (guitar, vocals), John Scalzo (drums), and Ty Cobb (bass, vocals), has its most firmly entrenched roots in Orange County's cult punk legend, the Mechanics. Racca, a math major who had recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton, joined up with a La Habra-Whittier band consisting of Scott Hoogland (vocals), Dennis Catron (guitar), Sandy Hansen (drums), and Brett Alexander (bass), later replaced by Tim Maag, in 1977, to form the Mechanics. The band hung around for four years, finally calling it a day in 1981, but during that run, the band was, in the words of Social Distortion's Mike Ness, "as big an influence...as the Stones or the Pistols," with every other punk and hardcore band (including Social Distortion, the Adolescents, and Agent Orange) that sprung up in Fullerton in its wake at least partly a result of the Mechanics. Amazingly, the band, unlike the countless younger bands it spawned, only recorded one single during its existence. Cobb was the co-founder of and vocalist for Berlin, which, in its original late-'70s incarnation, was a new wave band closer to the punk aesthetic. The band broke up briefly in 1979 but re-formed as a new wave pop band without Cobb, and finally hit pay dirt with Terri Nunn on vocals. Cobb dropped out of the music business until the late '80s, when he began playing the coffeehouse circuit with Dad 5, an acoustic swing band. Scalzo played drums in a punk band called Strand, but he, too, dropped out of rock in 1979 because of disillusionment with the ugly, drugged direction the punk scene was taking. He initially remained a part of the Orange County punk-new wave scene as founder and editor of the fanzine Fullertone, before dropping completely out. Throughout the '80s, Racca continued playing with others and messing around with his own recordings while keeping afloat in the straight world as a computer programmer. Nothing much, though, ever came of the projects. He officially began making his musical comeback in 1994, putting out a self-financed instrumental rock album as 16 Tons. Then he put in a couple calls to old friends Cobb and Scalzo, and Da Losers was born. They released their first album of hard rocking punk (some of the songs reworkings of old Mechanics songs), Mild Obsession, in 1998. It was the first time in years Cobb and Scalzo had returned to their rock roots. In fact, the three bandmembers hadn't played rock music in public for a collective 49 years.