Starz drummer Jeff Grob (who took the stage name Joe X. Dube) and bass player Peter Sweval were former members of The Looking Glass and played on their #1 1972 hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
." Lead singer Michael Lee Smith had been a stage actor; Ranno was in the band Stories, joining just after they had a hit with "Brother Louie
After the Violation
album, Capitol Records took away their producer, Jack Douglas, and made the band produce their next one, Attention Shoppers!
, themselves. They started going through lineup changes and released their last major-label album, Coliseum Rock
, in 1978. They broke up in 1980. They eventually regrouped for occasional live shows.