The Spazmatics
'80s, Dance, New Wave, Rock


By Heidi Siegmund Cuda, Special to The Times

It's midnight at Dragonfly and the singer's
wearing a neck brace and high-water pants. The guitarist has tape on his geeky glasses and teeth so bucked-out he could chew corn through a picket fence. The bass player’s wears a crash helmet and a SpongeBob backpack and the drummer's break dancing in lederhosen.


So why is the Hollywood nightclub packed with screaming babes and dudes so hot they look like Abercrombie & Fitch cover boys?

Because the Spazmatics are in the house. The '80s cover band is the hottest thing to hit Hollywood since Ace Ventura rolled up in a tweaked-out Monte Carlo. For two months, the Sunday night scene at Dragonfly — one of Hollywood's classic-rock haunts — has been building word of mouth.
And when something's this hot, word travels fast. In a town that prides itself on hipster chic, the Spazmatics trot on stage sporting New Balance tennies and so-snug perma-knit pants.
But the moment they begin their set, it's revenge of the nerds and then some. The Spazmatics go way beyond kitsch as they blaze into memorable early-'80s tunes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Wham!, Billy Idol and Adam Ant.
By the time they're working the Depeche Mode medley, you just can't get enough.
Despite their chess-club attire, the Spazmatics rock.