AUTOGRAPH (1983–88). Steve Plunkett (lead vocals/guitars), Steve Lynch (lead guitar), Randy Rand (bass), Steven Isham (keyboards), Keni Richards (drums).
Emerging from L.A.’s pop-metal scene in the early eighties, Autograph hit it big in the mid-eighties with their hit single and MTV video “Turn Up the Radio” from their first album, 1984’s Sign in Please. Their second album, That’s the Stuff, released the following year featured the MTV hit “Blondes in Black Cars.” While the band’s music was tuneful, it was also woefully generic sounding, ironically the source of their mainstream success and their lack of staying power. Although the band exuded a likeable “guys next door in spandex” appeal, it wasn’t enough for them to compete with the big boys, and their final album in 1987 made that Loud and Clear.
Discography: Sign in Please (RCA, 1984); That’s the Stuff (RCA, 1985); Loud and Clear (RCA, 1987); Missing Pieces (Pavement, 1997); More Missing Pieces (Point, 2004).