Missing Persons was an American band who played a blend of New Wave music and electronic pop rock. The band was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles
by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They went on to add bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild. Dale's quirky voice and heavy makeup made the band a favorite on MTV in the early 1980s.
Dale and Terry Bozzio met and married while working with Frank Zappa
, and Cuccurullo encountered the pair while contributing to the Zappa album Joe's Garage. O'Hearn was also a former member of Zappa's touring band.
Missing Persons music videos:
- Creator Couple: Terry and Dale Bozzio.
- The Eighties
- '80s Hair
- Gender-Blender Name: Dale Bozzio is a woman.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Their three studio albums are out of print on CD despite having been released originally on Capitol Records, a major label. Their song I'm The One is only available on a rare out of print compilation CD.
- Spiritual Successor: Lady Gaga may have taken some style inspiration from Dale.
- Stealth Parody: Somewhat - Their lyrics and image frequently parodied 80s tropes. The band members had previously worked with Frank Zappa and wanted to see if they could work his interest in unusual song structures into new wave music. However, their music was more commercial than his and was frequently serious (especially on Rhyme And Reason).