Wednesday, June 11, 2008

454 Pop Rock Group from 1980 DVD

Peter Burg - vocals , guitar
Chris Judge - vocals, bass
Larry Goldberg - vocals, drums
Pacific Palisades, Califonia
Released a single on Rave Records 1980 "OK Lets Rock & Can't Keep Away"
DVD produced by DigiVintage Records 2008
454 -”Name on the Marquee”

I fell into amazing friendship with Chris Judge and Larry Goldberg while working at the Music Bag on Antioch Street in the Pacific Palisades, owned by Pat Hildebrand and Ray Sullivan. At that time I gave guitar lessons and worked the front in sales part time. Larry was also working there part time while attending Palisades High School. Chris too attended Pali and was just getting started on bass. It was serendipitous that he came to me for a few bass lessons. With his voracious appetite he soon absorbed all I could share with him and moved on to a more competent teacher.
After a baptism by fire as the guitarist with The Razz (original pop rock quartet, headed by Billy Bang circa. 1978) and The Actionaires (original rock band, headed by Terry Keller circa.1979) it seemed the natural progression for me to start my own band. Larry, whom I knew played drums and had an inexhaustible amount of energy and Chris who’s abilities I was familiar with, were both interested and so we started jamming.
The songs during that period were cover songs so we could hone our chops as a trio. They included; Jailhouse Rock, Pipe Line, Rave On, I Fought The Law, Money, All Day and All Night, I Think were Alone Now, and Hang On To Yourself. The early originals were, Downtown Girls, My Heart Skips A Beat (Love Me Now), O.K. Lets Rock, and Walking Home At Night.
The band rehearse in my bedroom at 887 Muskingum Pacific Palisades. There was just enough space for the drums, amps, P.A. and a bed.
Our first performance took place at the Music Bag on October 10, 1979. Larry was 15, Chris was 17 and I was 25. We called ourselves The Look because I had a song by that name. We soon had to abandon the name because another other band had it already. At that time there were a rash of bands with numbers for names, so we chose 454 because it was the Palisades telephone prefix, which stood for Gladstone-4. We first used that name on December 13, 1979 at a Gazzarri’s gig.

December 23, 1979 454 recorded two songs at Harlequin Studio in Northridge, California Double Ticket and Someday Somewhere Else. (No recordings found)

From the end of 1979 to May of 1981 454 played; private house parties in Malibu, Palisades, Brentwood, and Westwood, (Several were broken up by the police because they would get so crowded), Gazzarri’s (Hollywood), The Londoner (Santa Monica), Blackies (Santa Monica), Hong Cong CafĂ© (China Town), The Troubadour (West Hollywood), Palisades High School, Palisades Park, Paul Revere Jr. High School, Wood Crest Grammer School (Northridge), Bay City Jewish Community Center (Santa Monica), a total of 35 performances and most were paid gigs.

March 20, 1980 Palisadian Post runs article, “Local boys make new waves in quest for rock stardom”. By Rob Mandell.

April 3, 1980 Palisadian Post runs article, ”Dancers respond to call of 454”. Staff writer unknown.

On April 23 of 1980, 454 recorded two songs, O.K. Lets Rock and Can’t Keep Away at Cat Tracks Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. The session was engineered by Frank Sparks.

May 23, 454’s has differences with manager regarding finances and direction. The manager was also owner of The Music Bag where Peter was employed. The managerial agreement was terminated as was Peter’s employment.

On August 4, O.K. Lets Rock was broadcast on K-WEST Radio, “Seeds”, Monday night at 12:45.

September 6, 1980 454 hired Richard Titelman to shoot home beta video of the band, live at Peter’s parent’s home at 887 Muskingum Ave. in Pacific Palisades.

On October 9, 1980 an altercation occur on the sidewalk in front of Gazzarri’s night club along the Sunset strip after 454 finished there last set. Two street punks were harassing friends of the band and Peter stepped in and then a short fight took place. Peter was kicked in the chest and suffered a broken rib, as a result he was laid up for over a month, unable to perform.

On Sunday, February 1, 1981 The Calendar section of the L.A. Times ran an article, “Washed out for a decade, surf’s up again”, by Stuart Goldman. In it, 454 was mentioned as a surf band.

In May of 1981, 454 played it’s last gig together at Sandburg Junior High School in Glendora, California.
The band was paid $225.00.

March 3, 1994, Palisadian Post ran article written by Patrick Hildebrand Jr. where 454 was mentioned as being at the top of the Palisades music scene in 1978 and 1979.

One of the funniest mishaps occurred at a party on Haverford Street in the Palisades. Chris’s half brother, Jeff McBrien, our roadie that night, walked into a plate-glass sliding door. He hit it dead center, bounced off and we watched the huge mass of glass wobble, then explode, and shatter. Fortunately he was not injured. This was one of the many party’s that ended with the police showing up.


Trey Lindsay said...


i really like the 454 single but haven't had much luck tracking one down.

do you have any extra copies? i'd love to work out a trade.

let me know!

trey [at] singsingrecords [dot] com

Mikki Lady* said...


This is Atsushi from Japan. I'm into powerpop records for a long time.

Your band "454" is totally winner!

I'd love to get the record. Please let me know if you still have copies for sale.



noelomalley said...
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noelomalley said...


You were my guitar teacher in '78 at the Music Bag and then still again out of your tiny apartment (out of a twin reverb with a pillow stuffed in the grill)... I still play and spent my early 20's playing the same clubs you did in 454 (many with your old Les Paul from TK and the Actionaires). I think we went to see Adam and the Ants at the Palladium in 81 or so.... I wish I still had that guitar!



austinwright said...

Could you tell me any information you have on Harlequin Studio?

Other bands that recorded there? Who was in charge of the studio? Address or street that it was located at?