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Cool It Reba

New York City's Cool It Reba was spawned from the downtown post punk / no wave scene in the early 1980's. They combined elements of James Brown funk, Television's guitar interplay and a more informed version of David Byrne's lyrical paranoia to a danceable beat. The band took their name from a catch phrase that Soupy Sales often said on his show.

Formed in the Autumn of 1981 by vocalist/guitarist David Hansen, who was previously a member of Rhode Island's The Young Adults, and drummer Kevin Tooley who was in The Mundanes. The line-up was completed by John Fredericks on lead guitar and bassist Baker Rorick
(who later played in The Baxters, The Scarecrows and Purple K'niF).

They quickly earned a reputation as one of New York's best bands on the club scene, regularly playing such venues as CBGB's, The Peppermint Lounge, The Mudd Club and Danceteria NYC. After only their fourth gig they signed to Hannibal Records in 1982. Shortly thereafter, they released the Joe Boyd-produced Money Fall Out The Sky EP. Containing such great songs as "I Saw Snakes", "Out Where The Buses Don't Run" and the title track, it was met with critical acclaim, making many critics' annual top-ten lists.

The band then played alongside (and ultimately upstaged) the likes of Billy Idol, John Cale and R.E.M.. Label restaffing and losing key members led to the ultimate break up of the band in the Summer of 1984. Half of the band later played together in the band Steve McQueen. Although only releasing one record during their existence, many bootlegs of their live shows and unreleased studio recordings have circulated, serving as a testament to their influence during the new wave era.




  • David Hansen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • John Fredericks (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Baker Rorick (bass)
  • Kevin Tooley (drums, percussion)

Later Members

  • Gordon Wands (bass 1983-84)
  • John McCurry (lead guitar 1983)
  • Sid McGinnis (lead guitar 1983)
  • Jack Rigg (lead guitar 1984)
  • Sturgis Nikides (lead guitar 1984)

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