The Lovedogs have been putting their spin on the hits for 20 years.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
‘We started out of high school,” says Tom Mullin about his band The Lovedogs, which formed in Santa Cruz in 1982. “It was purely out of boredom and circumstance.”
The event that caused the young men to pick up musical instruments was a surfing accident. After Kenny Christensen broke his neck while surfing, he and a couple of friends decided to learn how to play some instruments and form a band. Thus The Lovedogs were formed.
Though Christensen is no longer in the band, The Lovedogs have been playing in the Santa Cruz area ever since the early ‘80s, except for a three-year hiatus from 1986-1989.
The group plays original arrangements of everything from Buddy Holly tunes to songs by doomy British rockers The Cure. Mullin cites a punk version of Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” and a rockabilly take on Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” as examples of the band’s unorthodox arrangements. “We are just trying to provide a full spectrum of stuff,” Mullin says of the band’s catalogue of 75 songs.