The Producers is a new wave and power pop band formed in the 80’s from Atlanta, Ga. The original line up still includes Van Temple on guitar and vocals, Kyle Henderson on bass and vocals, Wayne Famous on keyboards and Bryan Holmes on drums and vocals.
Originally formed as a Beatles cover band named Cartoon, they changed musical directions and began performing their own material in nightclubs around the Atlanta area. The response to their music was so good that they were quickly signed to CBS subsidiary Portrait Records by producer Tom Werman, who had worked with Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Mother’s Finest among others. They released two albums for the Portrait label, The Producers (1981) and You Make the Heat (1982). The Producers became a regional favorite in the Southeastern United States, propelling “What She Does to Me” onto the national Billboard Magazine single charts. “What’s He Got”, “Certain Kinda Girl”’ and “Who Do You Think You Are?” had some popularity as music videos, but did not chart.They toured extensively with Cheap Trick and The Motels. The also played with Toto and Hall and Oates. “She Sheila” from the second album was a popular MTV video. They headlined New Year’s Rockin Eve in 1982. They released a 3rd album, “Run for Your Life” on their label in 1987. They were then signed by MCA to a deal, but before they could release the album a revamping occurred at MCA, so they released their 4th album, Coelacanth, on their own.
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