Robert Bush 8:35 a.m., May 25
RIYL: Bratz, the Knack
Upcoming Local Shows
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Influences: Bratz, the Knack, the Polics, Nick Lowe and Rockpile
Bratz were a late 1970s/1980s/early 1990s pop band that opened for many major touring acts. They later evolved into the band Private Domain and recorded with reggae star Pato Banton.
The 1981 lineup included bassist Lee Knight, along with drummer Paul Nichols (Jo Baker and the Boys, Neon Vanilla), Paul Shaffer (vocals, guitar), Jack Butler (lead guitar), and Keith Loveland (keyboards). After Mike Jacobs became their manager, the group replaced Nichols with Mark Spriggs on drums, and other latterday members included John Lusitana (guitar) and Mike Peters (keyboards).
Singer/guitarist Paul Shaffer and guitarist Jack Butler fronted the transition from Bratz to Private Domain. Not too many local 1980s artists scored hits, but Private Domain pulled it off in 1984, with their single “Absolute Perfection,” recorded a year earlier with reggae star Pato Banton.
Mark Spriggs later passed away from cancer at the age of 52. Mike Peters has also passed away.