Origin: Los Angeles, California
Genre: Punk rock
Years active: 1977-1984
Tito Larriva (Lead vocals/guitar)
Charlie Quintana (drums)
Barry McBride (Bass/Backing vocals)
“Move // Mindless Contentment / Let Go” single on Slash Records (1978)
Electrify Me (1979) PLUGZ RECORDS
“Achin’ / La Bamba” single on Fatima Records (1981)
Better Luck (1981)
Los Angelinos – the eastside renaissance (compilation) (1983)
Repo Man soundtrack (1984)
Bob Dylan & The Plugz (1984)
New Wave Hookers soundtrack – Electrify Me (1985)
The Plugz (also known as “Los Plugz”) were a Latino punk rock band from Los Angeles, California that formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1984. They and The Zeros were among the first Latino punk bands, although several garage rock bands, such as Thee Midniters and Question Mark & the Mysterians, predated them. The Plugz melded the spirit of punk and Latino music.
The band was formed in 1977 and was a contemporary of the bands featured in The Decline of Western Civilization. Their songs reflected the anger and angst of growing up Chicano, and this was reflected in their sardonic hi-speed version of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”. The Plugz are generally acknowledged as being the first D.I.Y. punk band in L.A., having started their own PLUGZ RECORDS and later Fatima records.
Tony Marsico joined the band in late 1980, and Steven Hufsteter began playing lead guitar with the group in 1984.
With the addition of Steven Hufsteter on lead guitar, The Plugz also feature prominently on the soundtrack to the movie Repo Man. The group performed “Hombre Secreto,” a Spanish version of Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man”, along with original instrumental background music for the film. Both Hombre Secreto and Reel Ten (the instrumental soundtrack for Repo Man), featured Hufsteter on lead guitar.
The Plugz accompanied Bob Dylan on his appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” on 22 March 1984 for three songs: “Don’t Start Me Talkin'” (by Sonny Boy Williamson), “Jokerman”, and “Licence to Kill”.
In 1984, The Plugz name was retired and the three members continued as the Cruzados with Steven Hufsteter.
The Plugz reunited the three founding members for The Masque 30th Anniversary Party and Book Release show on November 11, 2007 at The Echoplex in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, California.