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The Romans

first were Michael Uhlenkott, Juan Gomez, Pat Delaney and Keith Mitchell.
next were Michael Uhlenkott, Juan Gomez, Mikey Borens, Pat Delaney and Keith Mitchell.
finally were (left to right) Michael Uhlenkott, Keith Mitchell, Juan Gomez and Robert Lloyd, with the frequent participation of Chris Cacavas, and sometimes the in-concert assistance of Pat Delaney.

Michael and Juan wrote most of the songs. Michael sang and played mostly bass but also acoustic guitar and some keyboards. Juan played rhythm guitar and some lead guitar and sometimes played the bass and sang backing vocals. Mikey played the lead guitar until he left and was replaced by Robert who played the lead guitar after that, and also the mandolin. Keith played drums and sang backing vocals. Pat played saxophone and in Version 3 the pennywhistle. Chris played keyboards and accordion.

The Romans began as an instrumental punk-art-surf supergroup, relatively speaking, composed of members of the three most important bands of the "Pasadena" scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Michael and Keith came from Monitor, Juan from Human Hands and Pat from Bpeople. They made their recorded debut as one of four groups sharing an album called Color the Reality (Monsterface Records, 1982), and then with the addition of Mikey made You Only Live Once (Solid Eye, 1983), produced by Paul B. Cutler. The German edition (No Man's Land, 1984) adds two tracks recorded with Robert that point the way to the psychedelic country-rock of The Last Days at the Ranch (Down There/Restless, 1986), produced by Steve Wynn .

The Last Days at the Ranch (all tracks written by M. Uhlenkott unless otherwise noted):
 
Side one: My Hometown * You're Coming with Me * Ten Cent Wager * Loser (Uhlenkott/Gomez) *
Robert's Lament (Lloyd) * Greed, Hate and Drinking (Uhlenkott/Alison Anders)
Side two:  Vicki Seventy (Uhlenkott/Gomez) * Open Wide * Rest in Peace * Last Days (Uhlenkott/Gomez) *
Sarah Gets a Haircut (Lloyd) * Roll Them Down Closed
 
Michael Uhlenkott: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar
Juan Gomez: electric and acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals
Robert Lloyd: electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, piano, whistle, backing vocals
Keith Mitchell: drums, backing vocals
     and
Chris Cacavas: piano, electric piano and organ
    with
The Oh! Sisters (Regina and Theresa O'Donoghue), backing vocals/Kevin Keane, banjo/Ellen Guon, fiddle/Steve Wynn, backing vocals
Produced by Steve Wynn/Engineered by Rick Novak & Paul B. Cutler/Mixed by Paul B. Cutler. Spring 1986. (Released August 8, 1986.)

A cover of "Sarah Gets a Haircut" was recorded by the Norweigan band The Rovers on their 1991 album Cowboy Elephant (WEA).
 
Michael only makes pictures now. Dig his crazy dreamscape here , here , here .
Keith later played in Green on Red , Opal and Mazzy Star .
Juan reformed Human Hands with Dennis Duck.
Robert plays mostly with John Wesley Harding . Check here or here for other stuff.
Chris is Chris Cacavas .
Pat has gone missing.

You Only Live Once has been reissued by Warning Label Records, with extra tracks.
Mark Takeuchi took the picture above.

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