On this day in music history: October 8, 1982 …

On this day in music history: October 8, 1982 – “Spring Session M”, the debut album by Missing Persons is released. Produced by Ken Scott, it is recorded at The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA and Chateau Recorders in North Hollywood, CA from Late 1980 – Mid 1982. The band have their genesis in 1979 when drummer Terry Bozzio and singer and former Playboy Bunny Dale Consalvi meet while both are members of Frank Zappa’s band. The couple marry the same year, and make plans to form their own band. Also in Zappa’s band are guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and bassist and keyboardist Patrick O’Hearn. Joining with the Bozzios, they form Missing Persons in 1980, also adding keyboardist Chuck Wild. With financial assistance from Cuccurullo’s father, they record four songs with producer and engineer Ken Scott (David Bowie, The Beatles, Supertramp) at Zappa’s newly built recording studio The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, located in the basement of his Laurel Canyon home. The band release their self financed recordings as a four track eponymously titled 7" EP in 1980. Featuring the songs “I Like Boys”, “Mental Hopscotch”, “Destination Unknown” and a cover of The Doors’ “Hello I Love You”, the band begin the task of promoting it. Quickly turning into a top flight live act, they’re noted for their excellent musicianship, buoyed by Dale Bozzio’s distinctive vocals accented with yelps and squeaks. Missing Persons also gain notoriety for Bozzio’s striking appearance and stage presence, often wearing her bleached blond hair accented with streaks of pink and aqua blue, wearing barely there stage outfits. When influential new wave rock station KROQ begins giving their EP heavy airplay, it sells more than 7,000 copies with the track “Mental Hopscotch” topping the stations’ airplay chart. The buzz soon attracts major label attention, with the band signing with Capitol Records in early 1982. Capitol re-releases their self-titled EP (as a 12" vinyl mini-LP and cassette), replacing The Doors cover with the newly recorded track “Words” (#42 Pop). Also making a video to accompany the song, it quickly becomes a staple on MTV. “Words” helps propel the EP (#46 Pop) up the charts, selling more than 250,000 copies, and stoking demand for a full album. The title “Spring Session M” is an anagram of the band’s name, quickly becoming a major hit. It spins off three more singles including the previously recorded “Destination Unknown” (#42 Pop), “Windows” (#63 Pop) and “Walking In L.A” (#70 Pop). Acknowledged as a definitive new wave album, it becomes Missing Persons’ biggest success. Originally released on CD in 1990, it is remastered and reissued by One Way Records in 1995, adding three bonus tracks including the two tracks from the EP and “No Way Out” (the non LP B-side of “Destination”). “Spring Session M” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.