In Milwaukee(USA) around 1976 Scott Krueger and Jim Richardson was a short lived, but notorious stint with a one-shot punk group called The Police (no, not that Police). These guys played mostly Ramones and Sex Pistols covers. One memorable original was titled "Miss Vegamatic" and was enthusiastically shrieked by lead singer Johnny Noise while his buddy Danny Ipanna flailed away on lead guitar.
was around this time that the so called "New Wave" sound was breaking. Krueger
and Breck Burns formed a blistering three-piece band called The Orbits
with drummer Bob Wrenn. Jim, meanwhile, co-founded a powerpop group called
The Shivvers. The two groups would later morph into one, keeping
The Shivvers name and would include Jim, Scott, Breck, guitarist Mike
Pyle, and singer, songwriter, keyboardist Jill Kossoris. The
Shivvers were a very popular band in the upper midwest, but broke up in
‘82 due to Kossoris’ health problems. After the bands demise, Jim and Mike
Pyle moved to Boston to pursue other musical interests and Scott left for
L.A. with a band called The Wigs. During his short tenure with this
band, Scott would pen part of a soundtrack for a forgettable film called
"My Chauffeur" which starred Howard Hesseman and Penn & Teller (!?);
after which, he returned to Milwaukee and resumed working on original material
with Burns. They recorded dozens of their songs on makeshift home studio
equipment during the late 80’s. Jim returned from Boston to his home town
of Sheboygan Falls, WI and periodically kept in touch with his old friends
with much talk of getting together in some way. This temporarily came to
pass in ‘89 when The Shivvers (less Mike Pyle) reunited for several songs
in the recording studio. It was a sentimental yet frustrating experience
marred by technical problems.
Soon after this recording session, Breck, who ironically was always the "health nut" of the bunch, developed Lymphoma - a form of cancer. For some reason, he tried valiantly to hide the seriousness of his condition from his friends. He would succumb in ‘93. Almost immediately after the funeral, Scott and Jim would begin working on Scott’s original songs at Jim’s house in Sheboygan Falls.