“They’ve never made any sense, conventionally speaking, and that’s what makes them fun.”
Ted Hendrickson, Village Voice
“Sun City Girls were ‘the first truly crazy band to emerge from the shards of hardcore’ (Byron Coley)…also according to Coley, Sun City Girls laid the foundation for today’s new American sub-underground: ‘Without these french-fried, grass-skirted motherfuckers it would all sound like Merzbow.'”
— Erik Davis, The Wire (Feb. 2004
Formed in Arizona in 1982, Sun City Girls (although the only actual girl in the group was Linda Kushma and she left the band soon after joining the band) and their name actually comes from Sun City, Arizona, a local retirement community) produced some of the most bizarre and unexplainable sounds/music ever committed to tape or CD.They were part of the scene that also included the likes of Meat Puppets, JFA and Feederz, but their own music had little to do with traditional hardcore punk or even rock music in general – it incorporated improvisation, beat poetry, surf music and elements of African and South American music, while their live performances were equally unpredictable.
The trio consisted of Alan Bishop, his brother Richard and Charles Gocher and while they never achieved any mainstream success, they remain a fairly popular band, partly due to the fact that they recorded an astonishing number of albums for labels such as Eclipse Records and Majora, as well as their own label Abduction.
Throughout most of the 80s and 90s, much of their music was available only on cassettes and LPs and available only to tape enthusiasts and small circle of fans. However, in 1996 they produced two double CD albums – “330, 003 Crossdessers From The Rig Veda” and “Dante Disneyland Inferno”, both of which made them more popular.
Tragedy struck when Charles Gocher died after a long battle with cancer in 2007 and remaining band members decided that they will no longer perform under the name Sun City Girls. In 2008, however, Alan and Richard decided to do a major tour called “The Brothers Unconnected”, which includes an acoustic duet, as well as video tribute to Charles Gocher. In addition to this, there’s also going to be plenty of reissues of old SCG material.
Currently, Alan and Rick reside in Seattle, WA. Alan Bishop runs Sublime Frequencies label and performs under the names Alvarius B. and Uncle Jim. Rick Bishop also performs as a solo act under the name Sir Richard Bishop.
Charlie Gocher (Pint-Sized Spartacus)