The Fabulous ShiRtheads Dance, Show, & Revue was formed in 1982 when The Godfather of the band…Dave Clothier… rounded up a bunch of pawn shop crap and invited some of his buds over to “jam”. The initial nucleus consisted of Dave Clothier on stun guitar and lead vocals, Randy Rathbun on guitar, keys and vocals, Clay “Bad Dad” Bastian on saxes and vocals, George Van Riper on trumpet, Larry Beck on bass and Mick Haugen on drums and vocals. This original lineup never intended to actually “play out”, it was merely a chance to get together with a group of buddys, drink a lot of beer, and hang out while attempting to “jam”.
We got or first gig doing a NYE party at Rob Patten’s house in 1982. Our pay\fee was free beer and I think we broke a very expensive Lalique Vase that Rob and his wife had gotten as a wedding present. The next year, local blues authority Randy Crump got us our first gig…playing for Mr. Jimmy at The Spot in Wichita, Kansas. From that point forward “it was on!” We hooked up with nightclub\live music pioneers Art Busch and Tom Keahn at that legendary roadhouse The Coyote Club. The ‘Heads basically “owned” The Coyote until it’s closing in 1993, playing literally hundreds of gigs and entertaining thousands of loyal fans.
The band continued to evolve over the years with many different players coming and going. Alan Banta, (guitar and lead vocals), and Clark Engbrecht, (trumpet and keyboards…at the same time…and vocals), joined in 1986 and Mike “Mad Dog” Fleming, (bass and vocals), in 1987. John Probst joined in 2013 on bass & vocals, Tyler Gauldin on sax and vocals in 2014, Randy Clements on trombone and vocals in 2015 and Bob Kendrick on keys and vocals in 2016.
Over the years the Band has performed with many recording artists and legends of the music industry, including the Spencer Davis Group, Sam and Dave, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Guy, The Turtles, Paul Revere & The Raiders and others. In concerts for as many as 50,000, the Band has consistently been a crowd pleaser, and this has led to the 35 years of sustained popularity. Known for onstage comedy and antics, along with a solid, danceable play list, the Band appeals to a diverse audience. This appeal has received national attention is such publications as Spin magazine which spotlighted the ‘Heads in an article tracking a day of rock and roll across the United States. The ‘Heads have been called a “fixture” of the Wichita music scene, and plan to continue playing and having a good time for many years to come.
On your feet or on your knees…we are The Fabulous ShiRtheads!