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Founded in Berkeley by junior high buddies, Tommy Dunbar and Jon Rubin, The Rubinoos are one of the seminal power pop artists of the 1970s. In 1977 they hit the top 40 with a cover of Tommy James’ “I Think We’re Alone Now.” In 1978 they followed it with the power pop classic “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, which was named record of the year by Britain’s Music Week Magazine. In '84 The Rubes recorded one of their most popular songs the title cut of the film Revenge of the Nerds. Several albums, tours and decades later The Rubes can still crank out the pop gems. In 2007 the band was honored with the career spanning 3-CD anthology, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Rubinoos. In 2007 The Rubinoos dusted off their guitars and hit the road for a tour of Japan and the release of the Japan only double CD set One Two That's It. In 2009 the group returned to Spain to support the release of their album HodgePodge.

2010, The Rubinoos 40th Anniversary year, saw the group release two new albums, Automatic Toasterand the childrens effort Biff Boff Boing, tour Spain, Italy, headline the Felipop Festival in Galicia and on October 23rd celebrate their 40th Anniversay in spectacular style at the Great American Music Hall in SF. In 2011 look for The Rubinoos February tour of Japan along with new recordings and more tour dates.

HodgePodge - 2009 Wild Punk Records

One, Two, That's It - 2008 2-CD set- Air Mail Recordings

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Rubinoos – 2007 3-CD career spanning anthology – Sanctuary/Castle Music

Hurts Too Much – 2006 Rave Up Records vinyl re-issue of Basement Tapes

Twist Pop Sin – 2006 Air Mail Recordings, Pynotic and Rock Indiana

Live in Japan – 2004 Air Mail Recordings

Crimes Against Music – 2003 Air Mail Recordings and Zip Records

Paleophonic – 2000 Varese Sarabande, Pynotic and Air Mail Recordings

Garage Sale – 1994 Big Deal / re-issued on Air Mail Recordings 2005

Basement Tapes – 1993 One Way Records / re-issued on Not Lame Archive 2000 / re-issued on Air Mail Recordings 2007

Party of Two – 1983 Warner Bros. Records vinyl / re-issued on CD - Wounded Bird 2007

Back to the Drawing Board – 1979 Beserkley Records vinyl /re-issued on CD - Air Mail Recordings 2007

The Rubinoos – 1977 Beserkley Records vinyl /re-issued on CD - Air Mail Recordings 2007

"The Rubinoos practically laid out the blueprint that defined power pop for the post –‘70s generation…" Entertainment News

"Unlistenable trash rock quartet…" Rolling Stone

"Best pop album of the decade…" (Re: The Rubinoos) New York Rocker

"The kind of music that’s so sweet it makes you want to spit up…" Creem

"Memorable hooks, glorious harmonies and honest sincerity…" AMG All Music Guide

"Never fail to elicit looks of horror from an audience…" BAM Magazine

"Majestic power pop, distinguished by their sublime and utterly distinctive vocal harmonies sounds every bit as fresh as it did 30 years ago..." Amplifier Magazine

"Torturous vocal ejaculations…" BAM Magazine

"This is pure pop for all people…" AMG Music Guide

"Zany and stupid…" Oakland Tribune

"Far reaching musical scope within the pop genre, panache and unyielding skill…" Bucketful Of Brains

"A joyous melodic invitation to begin the jejune…" Rolling Stone

"The Rubinoos like pop and they don¹t care…" Trouser Press

    • Grew up in the Free Love, Commie outpost Berkeley CA
    • Hit the top 40 with their cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now”
    • Appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
    • Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Television Special
    • Scored the number 4 airplay record of the year in the UK 1978 with “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
    • Awarded Record of the Year by UK’s Music Week Magazine 1978
    • Opened 56 shows for Elvis Costello and the Attractions Armed Forces Tour 1979
    • Party of Two produced by Todd Rundgren 1983
    • Basement Tapes CD named as top ten release of the year 1993 in Billboard critic’s poll
    • Paleophonic CD produced by the legendary Kevin Gilbert 1996
    • Performed smash live shows for the IPO international pop festival 2000
    • Tommy and Jon sing the Flo and Eddie parts for Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with
      The Netherlands Philharmonic at Hollandfest 2000
    • Rubinoos re-form for smash tours of Japan and Spain 2002-2003
    • Twist Pop Sin first original recordings in 9 years done with first producer Gary Phillips 2005
    • Career spanning 3-CD anthology Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Rubinoos,
       including newly discovered live performance from 1978, released 2007

    1975 First major concert: Bill Graham’s Sounds of the City at Winterland opening for The Starship,
     pelted with bananas and booed offstage
    1976 Played at Modesto High after being raffled off by Burger King
    1978 Co- Headlined Hammersmith Odeon London
    1978 Headlined London Lyceum
    1979 Opened 56 shows for Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces tour
    1979 Headlined sold out summer tour of Northern Europe
    1980 Co-headlined with that naughty review Saddle Tramps for 2 weeks at Sahara Tahoe’s
     rancid Pinecone Lounge during the worst snow storm in history… decided never to play again
    1992 We lied…Sold out Slims in San Francisco for 10 year reunion show
    2000 We lied again… Headlined IPO festival in Los Angeles
    2002-2003 Sold out Tours of Japan and Spain
    2007 Another sold out tour of Japan
 2010 Headlined Felipop Festiva in Spain, toured Italy, 40th anniversary show in SF

Official Website: rubinoos.com