David Roback (born April 4, 1958) is a guitarist and songwriter perhaps best known as a member of the duo Mazzy Star.Read More...
Roback grew up in Los Angeles and attended Palisades High School, graduating in 1975. He was a classmate and neighbor of John Hoffs, the brother of Susanna Hoffs, who would eventually become the lead singer of the all-girl band The Bangles. He and his brother Stephen Roback, a bassist guitarist, formed a band called the Unconscious, which also included Susanna Hoffs.
Roback was active in the Paisley Underground music scene in L.A. in the early-to-mid 1980s as the leader of the band Rain Parade which was immensely popular on the L.A. club circuit. Shortly after the release of the band's first album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, in 1983, Roback left Rain Parade to join Rainy Day, a collaborative effort with a number of L.A. musicians in the Paisley Underground. After releasing their self-titled album, Roback formed Opal (which was initially called Clay Allison), with vocalist/bassist Kendra Smith, formerly of The Dream Syndicate. After one EP and one full length album Kendra Smith was replaced by Hope Sandoval but this lineup never released an album as Opal. David changed the name of the band to Mazzy Star in 1989.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- On The Way Home - 80 plays
- Dinnertime Blues - 63 plays
- Soon Be Home - 55 plays
- Fade Into You - 36 plays
- Soon Be Home (a Quick One While He's Away) - 9 plays
- Ghost Highway - 4 plays
- Sone Be Home (A Quick One While He's Away) - 7 plays
- Flowers in December - 2 plays
- Carolyn's Song - 1 plays
- Relevation - 1 plays