The Groovie Ghoulies were an American pop punk band from Sacramento, California, United States, whose music took inspiration from horror movies. They released numerous albums, EPs, and singles, and toured internationally. The band's name was taken from ...
The Groovie Ghoulies were an American pop punk band from Sacramento, California, United States, whose music took inspiration from horror movies. They released numerous albums, EPs, and singles, and toured internationally. The band's name was taken from the 1970s animated television series Groovie Goolies, a spinoff of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (itself a spinoff of The Archie Show).
Though the group's lineup fluctuated significantly throughout their career, bassist/vocalist Jeff Alexander (under the punk name "Kepi") remained a constant fixture. Guitarist Rochelle "Roach" Sparman (lead singer Kepi's wife) was also a longtime member. The Groovie Ghoulies' music is best classified as pop-punk and is heavily influenced by early punk groups such as the Ramones and The Dickies, 1960s garage rock and bubblegum artists such as The Troggs and The Monkees, and 1950s rock and roll artists such as Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. Throughout their career the Groovie Ghoulies recorded cover versions of songs by several of these artists as well as other influences including Daniel Johnston and Neil Diamond.
The Groovie Ghoulies announced their breakup on May 9, 2007, just days prior to the release of their ninth studio album 99 Lives. The main reason for the breakup was the difficulty of having kept the band together after Kepi and Roach had divorced.
In 2008, two tribute albums were released. Both Let's Go Ghoulie from US-based Knowhere Records and When The Kids Go Go Go Crazy from Kamikaze Records (Germany) featured artists from Europe and North America.
Former band members:
Jeff (Kepi) Alexander - bass, lead vocals (original and final line up),
Rochelle (Roach) Sparman - guitar, backing vocals (final line up),
Scampi - drums, backing vocals (final line up),
John (Rudge) Rudgers - guitar (original line up),
Geolyn Carvin - guitar, backing vocals (original line up),
John (Vetty) Vetter - bass (original line up),
John Phillip (Johny) Sosa - drums (original line up),