Disturbing the Peace

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Baby Buddha
"Stand By Your Man" b/w "Stand By Your Man Part Two" (1980)

image courtesy David Javelosa

A British band, The Flying Lizards, scored an unexpected hit in the U.K. with their arch, deadpan electronic take on Barrett Strong's classic "Money" in 1979. Months later, the San Francisco-based 415 Records label would release a promotional (i.e. not-for-sale) single by Baby Buddha. Like the British record, it also mashed up disparate styles, this time combining classic country with analog synthesizers.

Many Bay Area bands of the period came out of art school -- particularly San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College, says David Javelosa. "I had been at Mills just prior to starting Los Microwaves," he says. "But when it came to Baby Buddha, I decided, 'I've already got a band. Let's just do performance art!'"

Disturbing the Peace's chapter on Baby Buddha is based upon interviews with group members David Javelosa, Meg Brazill and Kathy Peck, plus insights and memories from 415 Records founder Howie Klein.

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