Aliases—Seven, P. Slayer
Major Influences—Gianni Versace, My Fair Lady, The Village People, Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
Favorite Quote– “Worthless is a lofty goal”-Elvis Pressley, THE King
History, Part 1 (Conclusion)
Tom is a reflection of everything that is right and worthless about this world.
History, Part 2 (Inspiration)
Tom spent his warm and breezy summers listening to Liberace records with his mother and dancing in the sun. He often took time to teach tango lessons at the YWCA on Augusta Road. His lack of academic success in school did not lead to a lack of inhibition in front of the women in attendance. Tom does not remember any of the winters.
History, Part 3 (The Rise of WPOS)
Just as the Glimmer Twins (Mick and Keith) met while standing on a train track, Keith with record albums in hand, Tom and Jimmy met while standing in line at Walgreen’s—Tom holding some batteries and Jimmy holding some Sudafed and iodine. Everything just seemed to click—it all came together very fast, Tom recalls. Luckily, the early years required very little musical talent. Actually, it required very little time being around each other. The “boys” were more reflective of their own respective worthless past and what little energy they could muster was spent on the “one” show per year just before Christmas.
After a dangerously low turnout for their first and most brief tour, the second one promised boundless possibilities. The “Methadone, SlimFast and Hot Sauce” tour proved handsomely rewarding and the women were plentiful. Alas, with such prosperity and stardom came the eventual temper tantrums and name calling. A clear divide had already arisen, or evolved, not sure which— music vs. fashion. At least 2 or 3 fans were in full blown panic mode.
By the time Tony and Mike joined forces, this misguided project appeared doomed for “failure,” almost a full 365 degrees from the impressive tag of “worthless.” A fine line, indeed. Tom and Jimmy had been traveling in separate tour buses for quite some time.
Tony, thankfully, brought a much needed calm to the band. His lack of inspiration was inspiring, already almost worthless. Never to question authority, his insatiable appetite for personal practice time and ability to remember songs played in the past may well prove to be the glue that keeps everything together.
Mike drew from his experience in “flipping” women, some of whom he had been married, to cultivate a brand new following for the band—a phenomenon that remains to this day. Mike has often been quoted as saying that he owes WPOS for giving him the direction he needed in life. “I knew that I was worthless, I just hadn’t experienced the nectar of the Gods.”
History, Part 4 (World Welcomes WPOS into its Collective Bosom)
Notwithstanding the obvious ebb and flow of tense moments, WPOS remains the “most popular party band in the South”, just ask the people of Buffalo, New York. An unlikely marriage of sound and fashion, they have risen to a height known only to their collective minds. Innovative and fearless, their success is a tribute to worthless people everywhere.