Les Bohem says he was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. We asked Les what exactly he meant by that. “Los Angeles always had trouble maintaining a live music scene – my theory is, you couldn’t be drunk and get home easily. In New York you put your hand up in the air,” he said. “So we’ve only had a couple of pockets where live music really meant something here, and the late 70s, early 80s punk/new wave scene was one of them.”
“I grew up in LA and came of age more or less during that period,” he said. Les was a member of the band, Gleaming Spires, which had a cultish hit with their single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls‚” (if you ever saw Revenge of the Nerds, you know it). ”At the same time, I was holding down a day job as the bass player with the band Sparks,” he said.
After the career in rock and roll fizzled out, he found a job writing screenplays, “ironically about rock and roll musicians whose careers had fizzled out,” he said. “I fell into screen writing because a friend of mine recommended me for a gig writing about bands, and when that ran out of gas, I just keep bouncing around,” Les said. “I think because I never really had a career goal, I’ve been really lucky that way.”
Les went on to write the screenplay for A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, The Horror Show, and bits and pieces of several other memorable epics. He also wrote and produced the mini-series Taken with Steven Spielberg for which he won an Emmy, as well as a Television Critics Award and a Saturn award.
Les has never stopped playing and writing music though. He’s had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, and Freddy Fender, just to name a few. But he saved the songs that mattered most, to him at least, for his latest recorded project, a double CD titled, Moved to Duarte.
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