THE HOLLYWOOD STARS
Flashback to 1973. Two years before Kim Fowley would unveil his teenage Runaways to an unsuspecting world, the rock ‘n’ roll Svengali of the Sunset Strip was assembling the Hollywood Stars. Fowley conceptualized the group as a West Coast answer to the New York Dolls — having the energy and excitement of mid-60s pop and rock, with the crunchy guitars and attitude of hard rock.
The “teen appeal” original lineup of the Stars comprised Scott Phares (vocals), Mark Anthony (guitar), Ruben De Fuentes (guitar), Terry Rae (drums) and Gary Van Dyke (bass). These young men had caught a buzz off the British Invasion of the prior decade, and by the late ‘60s they were active participants in the garage and psychedelic explosions which brought forth such Southern California sensations as the Byrds, the Doors, Love, the Seeds, the Music Machine, and countless others.
Rising to prominence during the glitter rock days of the Starwood and Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, the Hollywood Stars struck upon a songwriting formula which featured hooks and choruses as indelible as the bubblegum hits of a few years prior. However, the Stars’ approach was energized with the power pop drive of the Sweet and the Move, and the glam swagger of Cockney Rebel and Hunky Dory-era David Bowie.
Flash forward to November 2018. Forty years after the band’s breakup, the Hollywood Stars reconvened for a special event at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. The audience was enraptured at the sight of this legendary band springing back to full-blown rock ‘n’ roll glory.
In August 2019, Burger Records issued the previously unreleased 1976 album, Sound City. The Hollywood Stars played a handful of shows in 2019 and more dates are planned. The current lineup includes original members Phares, De Fuentes, and Rae, as well as 21st century recruits Chezz Monroe and Nigel Taylor.
AllMusic (Sound City full album premiere)
LA Weekly (‘Album of the Week’ for Sound City)
LA Weekly (Whisky A Go Go “Concert Pick” + interview w/ Scott Phares)
Pandora Radio (hour-long audio interview w/ Scott for “Pandora Stories” feature)
Modern Drummer Magazine (interview w/ Terry Rae)
Strange Brew Podcast / UK (interview w/ Terry Rae)
Dangerous Minds (interview w/ Terry Rae)
Know Your Bass Player (interview w/ Mike Rummans)
Reprobate Press / UK (career-spanning feature)
Classic Rock Magazine (‘8 out of 10’ album review)
Shindig! Magazine (4-star album review)
Ugly Things Magazine (album review)
The Big Takeover (album review)
Goldmine Magazine (album review)
New Noise Magazine (album review)
We Are Cult / UK (album review)
Musoscribe (album review)
OX-Fanzine / Germany (‘8 out of 10’ album review)
The Arts Desk / UK (album review)
Vintage Music Club / France (album review)
Let It Rock.com / Canada (album review)
Take Effect Review (album review)
JP’s Music Blog (album review)
The Portable Infinite (Whisky concert recap - July 2019)
The Vinyl District (Sound City album announcement)
The Second Disc (Sound City album announcement)
The Portable Infinite (Sound City album announcement)
We Are Cult (Sound City album announcement)
Vintage Rock (Sound City album announcement)
Skylight.gr / Greece (interview w/ Ruben De Fuentes)
Pitchfork (“Ten Essential Kim Fowley Tracks” feature)
AllMusic (Shine Like a Radio: The Great Lost 1974 Album review - 4 stars)
Record Collector Magazine (Shine Like a Radio: The Great Lost 1974 Album review - 5 stars)