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Southbound '81

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Perry VoogtPerry VoogtVocals
Ron InsanaRon InsanaDrums
Mark HollingsworthMark HollingsworthGuitar and Bass and Vocals
Brian CieslakBrian CieslakGuitar
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Sprung from the remnants of a pep band in a SoCal prep school, Southbound followed its rah-rah-roots and ultimately morphed into a college garage band that fell just short of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Vocalist Perry Voogt and drummer Ron Insana first came together on the sidelines with lofty gridiron dreams and absolutely zero athletic ability. But they could pen catchy tunes, and when bassist Mark Hollingsworth and guitarist Brian Cieslak joined up later, Southbound was born on the campus of California State University, Northridge. The "fad four" began compiling a trove of original songs, from Ron and Brian’s catchy “Connecticut,” to Mark’s bouncy “Watching the Sun,” to a much more highly-produced version of Perry’s “Rain.” Brian's barrage of “hate” songs, with testosterone-laden titles like "I Can't Wait for You Forever,” “Losin'" and "It Takes Two,” (later improbably covered by Rob Bass and DJ EZ Rock) gave the band an edgier flavor that would prove not terribly helpful in the group's futile efforts to woo women. The group was able to lay down numerous tracks during their run, resulting in a 30-years-delayed debut album: “Southbound: World Tour.” And while this “tour” was limited to only two performances in 1980 and 1981, the impact of Southbound’s music was almost immediately forgotten.
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