Creem Magazine: "A hard-ass bar band...a good compromise between old and new wave".
BAM Magazine: "Who are the biggest punks in the Bay Area--the Nuns? Crime? The Avengers? Those bands? Art school students and poseurs, all! The real punks are a hard-rockin', pogo-dancin' quartet of teenagers from Hayward [CA], called the Street Punks".
Berkeley Barb: "Crazed vocalist Tringali...Don Lamb's laconic arrogance...the [Street Punks] tension can scar you while the stance arouses you".
Howie Klein (former President of Reprise Records): "This hard rocking quartet packs the dynamic punch of true rockers like AC/DC or the early Stones, with a bona fide 1977 approach to the art".
Hayward Daily Review: "their act is anything but boring..."
S.F. Examiner: "the shows [at the Mabuhay Gardens] are rounded out by two of the best local bands the Bay Area has to offer--the Avengers on Thursday and the Street Punks on Friday. The choice is too hard. Go Both Nights."
Featured Video: "Going To The City - Live at the Mabuhay Gardens - 1977" Watch now Requires: Windows Media Player
Featured Music: "Going To The City" - Live at the Mabuhay Gardens, S.F., 1977 Listen now Requires: MP3 Player
08/14/2006:DON LAMB HAS BEEN FOUND! Founding member and bass player of the Street Punks, Don Lamb has been found and is currently living in Carson City, Nevada. Don recently transferred from Las Vegas to Carson City, and is the northern Nevada supervisor for Leroy's Sports Books. Don indicated he has a video tape of the Street Punks recorded live at the Mabuhay Gardens in 1977, and the plan is to get the tape transferred onto DVD and posted on the Street Punks website. Stay tuned...
Live cuts of the Street Punks at the Mabuhay Gardens, S.F., will incrementally be available for download! That's right. Former Premier and Perfect Strangers guitarist, Angie Mak, recently indicated to Rick Clare that he had a live tape of the Street Punks. Angie was then kind enough to send Rick the tape and Rick is in the process of transferring tracks to digital media. The first two tracks now available for download are the fan favorites, "Hoi", and the Frank Zappa influenced, "Going To The City".
Recently recovered from Rick Clare's music vault are recordings of the Street Punks when they were backup band for S.F. punk diva, Mary Monday. Once transferred from tape, these recordings of Mary Monday and Bitches will be available for download.
In the summer of 1977, Mike Tringali was recruited to take over lead vocals for the Street Punks. Tringali, formerly of the Dix, grew up in the East Bay town of Fremont and provided some of the most memorable Street Punks songs: "Hoi", "SFPD", "I Hate Radio". Today Mike plays bass for the popular San Francisco Bay Area reggae band, Red Di, and is a manager for Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. More...
Tony Lourenco grew up in Fremont and played with Mike Tringali in T.C. Led. Rick Clare first recalls seeing T.C. Led at a house party in Fremont and was impressed because they were the only band in the area doing Mott The Hoople, Slade and T. Rex covers. Tony was a versatile musician and had the unique ability to get blistering tone out of his vintage Gibson ES-335. Today Tony owns Aantone's Music in Newark, California, and still lives nearby in Fremont.
RICK CLARE Rick Clare joined Don Lamb's band Cornerstone while still in high school in the mid-1970s. At the time, Cornerstone's set consisted mostly of covers by mainstream rock bands like ACDC, The Sweet and Ian Hunter. When the New Wave/Punk scene took off in early 1977, Rick's friends where aghast when he cut is hair short, dyed it black, and donned a black leather biker jacket. The simplicity and energy of New Wave music was a breath of fresh air for Rick who was fed up with tired sounds of corporate stadium rock. Today Rick works as a Software Developer for VMware, and lives in Danville, California, with his wife and two young sons. More...
Don Lamb was the heart and soul of the Street Punks and was a "real" punk in every sense of the word. A decorated Vietnam vet, Don was a joy to hang out with, a loyal friend, and absolutely fearless. Rick Clare recalls a gig where several bikers were heckling the band. After the first set, Don approached the bikers at the bar, some words were exchanged, and soon thereafter one of the bikers was out cold on the floor. Suffice it to say, the remainder of the gig went heckle-free. After the breakup of the Street Punks, Don went on to perform in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas with Paul Revere and the Raiders and currently lives in Carson City, Nevada, where he works as the northern Nevada supervisor for Leroy's Sports Books.
Drummer Kenny Cimino provided the backbone to the Street Punks sound. Kenny's simplistic, yet solid drumming, was a perfect fit for the Street Punks New Wave repertoire. Kenny's easy going attitude, and his strikingly good looks, was always an advantage after the set when time came to meet the female talent near the dressing room door. Today Kenny lives with his wife in Antioch, California.