Back in the very early 1980′s the biggest band in South Carolina was the Charleston-based Killer Whales, who recorded a few albums, appeared on Star Search for a couple weeks, and faded away as the band members got older and got ‘real’ jobs. They have reunited a few times since that golden era, and singer David Bethany can still be found playing solo acoustic gigs around Charleston that include the occasional Killer Whales tune. He once described the band as “The Police meet Elvis Costello at a party thrown by Bo Diddley for Marvin Gaye,” which says it better than I can.
Last week Bethany posted the following nostalgia trip on Youtube, which features their best song, “Marlene”, along with some great photos and posters from the early days of the band. Look closely and you’ll spot a very young version of producer Don Dixon in several shots.
And for a bonus, here’s the band’s biggest hit, “Who Controls The Video Screen?” from their Emotional Geography album.