The Hitmakers

Photo of The Hitmakers

Joel Kmak: Drums | Steve Potterf: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Ron Silva: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Joseph Marc: Bass guitar | Jeff Scott: Keyboards | Steve Kelly: Bass guitar | Scuzz: Drums

Genre: Pop, Punk, Rock

RIYL: Mystery Machine, the Crawdaddys, Tell Tale Hearts, Nashville Ramblers, Hedgehogs, the Beat Farmers

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Inception: San Diego, 1977

Influences: The Seeds, the Gants, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks


With a sound falling somewhere between punk, pop, and new wave, the Hitmakers were one of the earliest San Diego punk bands, circa late 1970s, along with the Zeros, the Dils, and the Penetrators. The classic lineup featured Joel Kmak (Penetrators, Powerthud), Steve Potterf (Crawdaddys), Ron Silva (Crawdaddys, Nashville Ramblers), Joseph Marc, and Jeff Scott, with Penetrators bassist Steve Kelly and Silva's drummer brother Scuzz also doing stints with the group.

The band released a seven-inch three-song EP in 1978 called It's Only Sad, followed two years later with a single, “Keep On Proving It” b/w “Tell Her I Love Her”‎ (Surrey Sound Records).



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