Bobby Beaton (guitar / vocals), Gerry Alvarez (guitar / vocals), John Davis (bass) and his brother Eric Davis (drums) were all between the ages of 16 and 19 and had absolutely no previous musical experience. Long nights spent in their parents' basement watching bad TV and listening to obscure mid-sixties records was the main inspiration for the band. Taking their name from the scary neighbors on TV's The Flintstones, the Gruesomes carefully crafted an image of matching black turtlenecks, Beatle boots and bowl haircuts and combined it with a snotty punk musical style.
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