Formed in 1978 by Livonia-area high school friends, towards the end of their senior year and right after graduation, BADHABIT was influenced by the likes of The New York Dolls, The Stooges, The MC5, and The Dead Boys.
As younger kids on the scene, Barr says he felt more established bands, like The Mutants and Sirius Trixion & The Motor City Bad Boys, showed them the way to do it up on the local scene. The band dove into the scene quick, after having just a few songs under its belt, thanks to the group’s solid rehearsal schedule according to Barr.
BADHABIT recorded about nine songs in a New York studio as a demo but didn’t release any music during its time.
The band lasted on the Detroit music scene from 1978 to 1981/1982.
Around 1981, some members of the band wanted to move out to L.A. to see if BADHABIT could make it bigger. But, Barr decided he would rather stay in Detroit to pursue an art career – enrolling at the College for Creative Studies with a focus on painting. Barr say BADHABIT broke up officially about a year later with several of the members returning to Detroit from the West Coast. A few years later, guitarist Victor Dawahare had a band called The Railsplitters. The group released an album, “Ridin’ High” on Acetate Records, in 2003.
Barr has gone on to become an internationally renowned illustrator and painter who would later work with Jerry Vile, front man for The Boners, on Fun and Orbit magazines from the mid-1980s through the late 1990s. Barr also has an extensive resume of work in pop culture including rock album covers, tour posters, comic books, and working on the cartoon show Ren & Stimpy.
In April 2022, the Italy label Rave Up Records issued unreleased BADHABIT tracks from 1980-1981 in a limited edition vinyl release.