From the San Diego Reader:
Fresh from the exhilarating experience that was late 1970s punk rock, the Wallflowers formed spontaneously at a party in San Diego in 1981, going on to become what has been described as “the most joyfully subversive band in the whole Che Underground circuit.”
The Wallflowers initial line-up was comprised of vocalist David Rinck, Bassist Paul Howland, and guitarist Tommy Clarke. Aaron Daniels and later Mark Mullen played drums. Musically, the band reached back into the late 60s and early 70s, re-establishing a link with the wonderfully eclectic styles of pre-punk rock American underground music for many young fans. Thematically, the band dealt with the familiar subjects associated with disenfranchised youth. But always keenly suspicious of the insidious power of the ever-encroaching “entertainment industry” to impose popular styles in the ever-diminishing cultural space of the early 80s, the music and lyrics of the Wallflowers also championed a fiercely independent and individualistic approach.