Just can’t get enough of the SpazmaticsBy: Tessa Marguerite, Reporter/Page Designer
Upcoming shows in our area
- Sacramento: 3:30 p.m., Aug. 5 at Swabbies on the River
- Folsom: 7 p.m., Aug. 22 at Palladio Summer Concert Series at Broadstone
- Placerville: 9:30 p.m., Aug. 31, Red Hawk Casino
- Auburn: 9:15 p.m., Sept. 7 at Gold Country Fair
- Folsom: 10 p.m., Sept. 29 and Oct. 27 at Powerhouse Pub
- Info: facebook.com/spazmaticsrock or spazmaticslive.com
For those who have never attended a Spazmatics concert, something just might be missing in your life. And that something is a nerdy, new wave dance party featuring an intense set of ‘80s pop music.
The band members of the Spazmatics wear bowties, plaid pants, taped glasses and suspenders as homage to the 1980s film “Revenge of the Nerds.” As they bounce around the stage in synchronized choreography, the pocket protectors and short shorts add a wonderfully hilarious theatrical element to the overall vibe as the band plays hits like “Safety Dance,” “Video Killed the Radio Star,” “Just What I Needed” and “White Wedding.” Musical covers range from a slough of bands and artists such as Men at Work, Madonna, Rick Springfield, Cindy Lauper, The Cure, Flock of Seagulls, Oingo Boingo, Tears for Fears and many others. The undeniably catchy songs and energetic dance moves make the Spazmatics a thoroughly enjoyable show for all ages.
The Spazmatics are a creation of Perfect World Entertainment, the self-proclaimed world leader in the production of musical era tributes since 1992. The chain band has groups in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Nashville and more. The group that performs in Placer and Sacramento counties is the San Francisco Spazmatics, consisting of Leonard Feingold, guitar and vocals; Wayne Famous, drums, vocals and whistle; Stanford Rockwell, lead vocals; and Wilson Schlepnick, bass.
The Spazmatics have performed in Placer and surrounding counties for several years at county fairs, bars and festivals. Foothill Magazine recently asked the wacky band members of the Spazmatics some questions about the band. The following are their answers:
How did the Spazmatics get started?
Wayne Famous: “The Spazmatics were created around 2005 by Perfect World Entertainment, a world leader in era tribute shows for the last twenty years. I was the company leader of they’re other successful show band The Afrodisiacs and was asked to find members to launch The Spazmatics in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Your shows are so high energy. How do you do it?
Wayne Famous: “We have specifically designed this high energy show to appeal to an audience that is right in front of us or completely in the back of an arena. There is constant choreography that correlates with every song. I specifically go after cast members who have the right mentality and physical ability to handle the show, it’ a workout. We generally leave each set drenched and pride ourselves on every set being executed at the highest level of stamina and spirit.”
Do you have a favorite song to perform?
Leonard Feingold: “’Rebel Yell.’”
What’s your background in music?
Wayne Famous: My music career began in the third grade on clarinet/sax which led to drums due to my band instructor being so inspiring. My first band, “castle BLAK” got signed to EMI America and we released an album that did well in Europe. Outside of Spazmatics, I currently record with Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis and various other high profile artists around the world. We have many cast members who also tour with various big name artists such as Alanis Morissette, Korn and Patty Smyth.”
Tell us something about yourself not many people know:
Leonard Feingold: “I was voted ‘Most Mysterious’ in my senior year of High School.”
If you could meet one rock star or band from the ‘80s, who would it be?
Wayne Famous: “Prince … is there anyone else?”
For more information about the Spazmatics, visit facebook.com/spazmaticsrock.