The Guana Batz were formed in Feltham, Middlesex in 1983. They got their name from TV naturalist Attenborough, who, while he was investigating the world of the vampire bat, waded knee deep into a pile of bat dung. The group´s original lineup consisted of Pip Hancox (v), Stuart Osbourne (g), "Diddle" Turner (d) and Mick Wigfall (b). This line up didn't release any material and because Stuart Osbourne favored an electric bass at that time , Wigfall was replaced by Mick White. This new lineup was responsible for two singles on Big Beat Records. One year later the Batz optioned for a double bass again, this time played by former Ricochet Sam Sardi.
In 1985 they published the long awaited "Held Down To Vinyl...At Last". The album is one of just two Psychobilly LPs that reached # 1 in the UK Independent Chart and made the Guana Batz arguably to one of most popular Psychobilly bands of the eighties. Their next album "Loan Sharks" followed a year later and was another big success. It also reached the Top 3 in the UK Independent Charts. The band started to become a headliner of dozens of Psychobilly festivals and is also known for their spectacular live performances.
In 1987 "Diddle" Turner was replaced by former Get Smart drummer, Johnny Bowler. Despite the fact that he and Pip Hancox have relocated to San Diego, CA the Guana Batz still tour Europe from time to time. Bowler now plays bass for the band with John Buck on drums.
You’re So Fine(1983)--The
Cave(1984)--Seethrough(1986)--I’m On Fire(1986)--Rock This Town(1988)--Electra
Glide In Blue(1989)--Shake It Up(1993)-- Stuff(1995)--Saving Grace(1996)
Albums: Held Down To Vinyl...At Last (1985)--Loan Sharks (1986)--Live Over London (1987) -- Rough Edges (1988)--Best Of The Batz(1988)--Electra Glide In Blue(1990)--Get Around(1994)--Powder Keg (1996)--Peel Sessions (1998)--Undercover(1999)--The Very Best Of The...(2001)