When I sat down to write the 5051 story, I realized that, just as with most of my girlfriends of the ’70s and ’80s, I unfortunately couldn’t remember the beginning or the end. Also, I couldn’t remember most of what happened in between.
So I located Sam “Topper” Kolzar, lead guitarist of 5051, and Matt “Guy” Silver, producer of 5051’s record. It was my first time talking with either of them in over 25 years, so it was fun to reconnect and reconstruct the 5051 years of 1981-82. Other members of 5051 — drummer Joel Roop; guitarist Steve “Squirrel” Oberg; and Squirrel’s half-brother, bassist Scott Harber — are still at large.
With the help of Sam and Guy, I offer the following slice of San Diego music history. Read more.