It was the Year of Our Lord 2013, and I was devouring a cheeseburger in a Chatsworth, CA franchise of a certain multinational fast food conglomerate which shall remain nameless. A crazed skull face painted, dirt-bag, clown sat down beside me. This Skeletor reject of Uriah Heap introduced himself as Ronald Osborne and was familiar with my work. I was informed that Ronald, Slayer Mac Cheeze, Grimalice, and the Cat Burglar, were performing secret rock shows in the bunker-like basements of the local restaurants. But the time had come, he said, to bring drive-thru metal up from the “underground,” and he asked if I would consider becoming the manager. BAM! Abruptly we were thrown to the sidewalk. (Apparently the daytime manager was not informed of this activity) I looked over at Ronald, watched him brush off the sodium chloride and GMO remnants of my UN happy meal.
Before I knew it, I was in a burger stand bomb shelter, witnessing Black Sabbath music, hilarious fast food lyrics, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player, and Tony Iommi with a giant cheeseburger head. I was confused, amazed and can’t ever remember feeling so………happy!
During 1979-1990 in Los Angeles, the band was born in the chaos of the Punk movement and churned out their own brand of Ghoul Rock that later was labeled the Deathrock / Gothic genre.
In the beginning, the original lineup consisted of
Dinah Cancer - vocals
Paul Cutler - guitar
Rob Graves - bass
Don Bolles - drums.
The song "Partytime (Zombie Version)" made it onto the movie sound track for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Partytime made full rotation on MTV (1984) and the song "Evil", debut on MTV's The Cutting Edge in 1985.
45 Grave are cited in several rock music biographies to being a huge influence on many of the bands that surfaced from the L.A. scene. Their hit song Partytime is still licensed for tv and radio ads today.
The bands momentum took a hit in 1991, when bassist Rob Graves passed away from an accidental overdose. The other members went their separate ways, pursuing their own musical projects.
Actually the band is back, lead by the original cemetery girl herself, Dinah Cancer, on vocals. The line-up as of 2014 is Dinah Cancer (vocals), Dylan Thomas (guitar), Brandden Blackwell (bass), and Tom Coyne (drums).