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The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs

The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - Group Photo

The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs formed in Los Angeles in 1995 as a just-for-kicks cover band, swiping their name from the opening line of Iggy and the Stooges classic “Search & Destroy” and never looking back. Their first gigs consisted of revved up covers of the Runaways, MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and the Dead Boys, before they eventually graduated to writing their own songs and found their own sound… that sounded suspiciously like the Runaways, MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and the Dead Boys. Go figure. Hard rockin’ trashy garage rock laced with hook-laden power pop is the band’s bread and butter and they’ve been doing it for over 25 years now!

Still powered by founding members Frank Meyer (vocals, guitar), Dino Everett (bass), Mike Sessa (drums) plus new guitarist Bruce Duff (Jesters of Destiny, 45 Grave, Jeff Dahl) and sax player Geoff Yeaton, the Cheetahs have been performing non-stop in the U.S., alongside acts such as Supersuckers, Fishbone, Suicidal Tendencies, T.S.O.L., Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Zeke, Death Valley Girls, and many more. 

Discovered by late, great indie power pop impresario Greg Shaw of Bomb! Records, the band issued their Bomp!/Alive debut album Heart Full of Napalm on Alive in 1996 (the band featured original drummer Breckin Meyer, Frank’s actor brother), returning a year later with Overdrive. Later in 1997, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs also backed guitarist Denis Tek on new renditions of his Radio Birdman-era classics “Do the Pop” and “More Fun.” The next year they repeated the trick, this time collaborating with singer Cherie Currie on a re-recording of her Runaways perennial “Cherry Bomb.” Live on KXLU followed in 1999 and received rave press in Rolling Stone, Spin and Alternative Press, plus shared stages with The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Turbonegro, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone and more. The album was heralded by Rolling Stone (4 stars!), Alternative Press, Kerrang, Guitar World, Thrasher, Flipside and the guys collected hometown accolades in the form of Best Hard Rock/Punk/Metal Band in the New Times Reader’s Poll in 1999. That year the Cheetahs joined ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer on several tours as both his backing band and the support act.

Fan-favorite Waiting for the Death of My Generation followed in 2001 — winning Best Hard Rock/Punk/Metal Album in 2002’s New Times Reader’s Poll — followed by massive touring with the likes of Supersuckers, Zeke, New Bomb Turks, Amazing Crows, Fear, Sylvain Sylvain and more. A reissue of Overdrive (now titled Maximum Overdrive and filled with bonus tracks) was followed by rarities collections Red Tape Diaries and Guitars, Guns and Gold followed, and live album Resurrection in 2006. After an extended hiatus the band returned in 2014 with a 7″ vinyl single (“Escape From New York City” B/W “Fuck The Future (I Want Now)”) on Little T&A Records/Big Cartel with a west coast tour with Chetah Chrome (Dead Boys) to promote it. 

In 2021, the Cheetahs issue their first album in nearly 20 years, One More Drink on Dead Beat Records. The album featured 11 brand new songs and guest spots from John Easedale of Dramarama, Rikk Agnew of The Adolescents and Paul Roessler of The Screamers. The critically acclaimed album was re-released as One More Drink Deluxe Edition earlier this year by Rum Bar Records, complete with new bonus tracks. Rum Bar also issued 2022’s best-selling All The Covers (And More) double-disc package that collected the aforementioned all-star covers alongside many more featuring the likes of Wayne Kramer, Sylvain Sylvain, Jimmy Zero, Jeff Dahl, and many more. Later this year, Heavy Medication Records will issue a vinyl companion to All The Covers (And More) plus an EP of brand new material. Yup, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs DO NOT STOP.

new releases from The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs

The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - All The Covers (And More) - Album Cover


All The Covers (And More) – 2CD

The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - One More Drink (Deluxe Edition) - Album Cover


One More Drink (deluxe Edition)

Videos BY The STreetwalkin’ Cheetahs

Bad Vacation
Know Your Product
One More Drink
We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For)
Cherry Bomb feat Cherie Currie
Fuck The Future (I Want Now)
What’s Coming To Me (Live 2014)
Future Lost (Live at the Knitting Factory 2005)
No More (Live at the Knitting Factory 2005)
Sanctuary/Freakout Man (Live In Boston 2000)

MUSIC BY The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs