Guitarist Jimmy Cole began leading the Jimmy Cole Band following a long stretch with the Auburnaires, a midwest bar band that enjoyed an enthusiastic regional following until calling it quits in the early '90s. The Auburnaires was itself an offshoot of the Customs, an earlier band that Cole was also a member of. He also wrote songs for both groups. The Auburnaires managed to release several recordings including albums on the French New Rose label, and were a somewhat typical example of the garage rock scene from the '80s era. The group was known for a stage show with no limits set on rowdy behavior or musical head-huntig. Set lists would routinely include covers such as "Kung Fu Fighting," "Revenooer Man," and Stooges songs. Cole is hardly any more restrained in his own band, which includes bassist Mike Gregory, a veteran of bands such as the Edge, the Thangs, and the Reduced, as well as vocalist Dan Reed from Chem-Dyne, and drummer Jimmy Smith, no relation to the groovy organist and also an ex-member of the Reduced. The latter group must be assumed to have actually reduced in size upon losing these two members.
All of these players were active in the southern Ohio, northern Kentucky indie rock scene that, in the '80s, happened to revolve around one particular venue, the notorious Jockey Club. This dive was located a short drive across the state line from Cincinnati, where traditionally any form of excitement is forbidden, in wild and wooly Kentucky. The border town of Newport had traditionally been one of Kentucky's outposts of sleaze including strip clubs, gambling dens, and all-night speak easies. The Auburnaires and other scruffy rockers fit right in, holding forth on the decrepit stages of a venue that had once been called the Flamingo Club. An oft-repeated local legend has it that this club at one time had the glitz to attract starlet Marilyn Monroe, who was even inspired to jump up on the tables and dance naked at a late-night gambling party. Sure! At any rate, in 2002 Cole reassembled the Auburnaires for what was billed as a "Jockey Club Reunion."