This site is dedicated to the history of bands from the Monterey Bay, California area. There has been an amazing amount of good music from this area and some musicians have gone on to international success, some have become cult favorites, while other equally talented musicians just couldn't break through. There's something for every musical taste here from '60's Garage, Honky Tonk Country, '80's New Wave, Radio friendly Pop, to Metal. It's all good!

There are LOTS of artists that should be included here and I will add band pages as I can however, I encourage other people to start their own websites to help fill in the gaps. It's all about the music and the more people that can bring it to light the better.

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The E-types Beau Gents The Cherokee The Fisher Brothers Larry Hosford
The Young Ones/The Image The Ragged Staff Coast Toasties Jim Howard Tim Floyd
Harley Malone Joe Chunn (Joe Norman) The Precisions Charolette Wood Bent
The West Coast 5 Layton And Foster Once Again Louie And The Lovers Ryker Island
Poco Loco Night Train Express Lord Luther English Leather The Poor Souls
The Bitter Seeds/The Rock Shop JET Jody McCauley Big Jim DeNoon Denver Overland Pony Express
Tommy Faia And The True Blue Facts Valery Stallcup David Ash Hot Coffee Johnice
Gary Messick Oktober Trans Atlantic Train Another Roadside Attraction The Classics
Harold Hudspeth The Cobras Barney Carl Uncle Ben And The Wild Rice 37 Scence
Martha Lou Jerry Coulston and the Pacers Wylie Band Rusk & McGowan Randy Torre And The Libras
Johnny Amelio And The Downbeats Danny Lester The Sideminders The Prey Lyle & Peake
List Of Local Bands

This music is not for sale on this site and all copyrights are owned by the artists.

The Agents

Michael Brooks: guitar and vocals
Mike Holland: guitar and vocals
Gordon Larson: bass
Bill Tisdel: keyboards
Mike Mahoney: drums and vocals

The members of The Agents were from Salinas, Prunedale and Soledad. The group was the started in 1979 by Brooks and Holland after they left the band Poco Loco.

They concentrated mostly on original music written by Brooks,opening for a lot of national acts such as The Greg Kihn Band, The Tasmanian Devils, The Rubinoos, Gary Myrick and The Figures, as well as playing most of the clubs and concert venues in the Monterey and Santa Cruz area.

They recorded 6 songs, 2 of which (Battlezone & Baby You Don't) were played on the legendary radio station KLRB.

As is often the case there was a difference of opinion in the direction the band should take and Brooks left in June of 1982. The group continued on for a while with a new lead singer doing cover songs but finally disbanded.

Brooks went on to play in the band Beyondion with Mahoney drumming and later Bombay (without Mahoney). Holland continued to play in local bands and got the job playing bass for Hendrix tribute artist Randy Hansen for a couple of years and still plays locally. Tisdel continued to play in local bands and teach piano and is also currently playing. Larson and Mahoney retired from playing to concentrate on family life.

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Battle Zone

Baby You Don't

I Just Wanna Dance

Do It My Way

What The Music Can Do

Tisdel, Larson, Holland, Mahoney, Brooks