The Plugs existed in some form as far back at 1976. The band was created out of friends of high school and summer camp friends as teenagers. The Plugs featured Michael Halloran on bass. At the time he was in the band, Halloran was also host of the WDET’s Radios in Motion program which featured bands and music from the scene as well as punk/new wave tracks.
The band released on single, “I Like My Dad” b/w “Donna”, in 1980. The band ended sometime in 1981.
Rich Lovsin went on to start Rhythm Method, renamed Rhythm Corps, in 1981. Halloran moved to Los Angeles to help manage the band, but returned in 1983. Rhythm Corps which would receive a record contract from Sony/Epic, charting several albums and radio singles before the band ended in 1991.
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Richie Lovsin didn’t form Rhythm Corps. He joined almost two years after the band started. Michael Persh and Bobby Schultz formed the band called 33 & the 1/3’s. It became Rhythm Method when Greg Apro joined..Mike Halloran became their manager and Richie was the last to join. When Schultz left the band it became Rhythm Corps.
Actually the original members of The Plugs were Jeff Shoemaker(bass, lead singer , song writer) , Joe Helisek(guitar) , Jack McHale(guitar) and Mike McHale(drums). Jeff formed the band around 1977. They all went to Bishop Foley High School. Jeff literally taught Jack how to play guitar just months before their first gig. Their most notable gigs were when they warmed up for The Romantics, before they got big, at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor and for The Mutants at Bookies in Detroit. Joe, Jack and Mike left the band and started a band called Undercover with Rick Novak and Phil Sudnik.
This is actual, factual, and contractual. Mike was going off to college and Richie stepped into his shoes. Jack and Joe were still in high school so playing with the band would’ve been difficult. They left and started Undercover who opened for us quite a few times once Jack and Joe graduated. Great guys.
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