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  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Active: 1977 - 1984
  • Number of gigs played: 21
  • Number of other acts played with: 34
Sceneroller, The Penetrators, Steve Kelly , Scott Harrington, Joel Kmak, Chris Sullivan, Dan McLain, Chris Davies, Gary Heffern, Jim Call, Joel Kmak
Performed with
Scott Harrington's and Chris Sullivan's early ad for Penetrators band members, including a lead vocalist, drummer "or other interesting musicians."
The Penetrators' Scott Harrington, Gary Heffern, Chris Sullivan
The Penetrators' Chris Sullivan, Scott Harrington, Gary Heffern
The Penetrators' Scott Harrington, Gary Heffern, Chris Sullivan
About This Act

In 1977, San Diego knew little about and had rarely seen punk rock. The Penetrators, founded by guitarist Harrington and drummer Joel Kmak, were on a mission to change that.

Prototypal SD punk venues like downtown's Skeleton Club might never have even existed, were it not for the Pens being ready to tear up the stage on any given night, at any given hour. The Pens got a big break in 1978 by opening for the Ramones at SDSU's Montezuma Hall, even though original guitarist Scott Harrington quit over the gig, feeling the band wasn't ready. “That was where it all came together for us,” says bassist Chris Sullivan, who lived in La Mesa at the time.

Music writer Steve Esmedina at the Reader teamed up with KGB-FM DJ Jim McInnes to increase public awareness of the band. When their first EP was released, Chris Davies had replaced guitarist Scott Harrington, having learned the songs by sneaking a tape recorder into Penetrators' concerts.

Gary Heffern (Monotone & the Nucleoids) joined up, as did keyboardist-turned-drummer Dan McLain, who operated Monty Rockers Records on El Cajon Boulevard and replaced original drummer Joel Kmak, who had joined the Hitmakers (and would later be a Beat Farmer). McLain would later found the Snuggle Bunnies and become known as Country Dick Montana, leader of the Beat Farmers.

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  • Nid: 4488
  • Audio
    • The Penetrators play "Untamed Youth"
    • The Penetrators play "Sensitive Boy"

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