While still in his teens, Steve was co-founder, along with Ray Pepperell (DK's East Bay Ray), of a rockabilly revival/oldies show band "Crius'n". They averaged 250 shows a year for almost 10 years. Concerts in the Park, Sports Stadiums (PICS SHOWS THEM AT SF's CANDLESTICK PARK), casinos, nightclubs, TV, radio, corporate events, even a brief tour with the legendary WOLFMAN JACK! Steve and Ray penned the novelty do-wop send up 45 single "Vickie's Hickey" which became a regional hit. At Union Square in '76, Steve won an Elvis contest which led him to the brief meeting with Elvis backstage at the Cow Palace! Band ended when Ray started Dead Kennedys, and Steve started Steve One & the Shades.
"STEVE ONE & THE SHADES"
“Steve One and the Shades” was a popular and all-original power-pop band that shared the stage with such contemporaries as Chris Isaak, Huey Lewis and the News, Eddie Money, Greg Kihn, Eddie and the Tide, Night Ranger, and more. Steve penned all the songs on their two critically acclaimed albums, “Once in a Lifetime” (produced by the band and San Francisco's Dave Denny) and “Steve One and the Shades” (produced by the band and legendary "Duroc" Scott Mathews). In fact the Gavin Report said "Steve One and his Shades possess a remarkable talent and the ambitious songwriting and personality skills which nowadays separates the 'wannabees' from the 'doers'". They played concerts, clubs, festivals, and did numerous live broadcasts and in-studio radio programs, all to rave reviews. Steve also did a few side projects, performing lead and backing vocal harmonies, as well as rhythm guitar, at studio sessions for various artists and producers. Cruis'n co-founder Ray Pepperell, "East Bay Ray", as he was known in his then-new punk rock band "Dead Kennedys", had produced a few demo recordings for Steve, and by this time Ray had written a few new songs for his own solo, non-DK project, and had Steve do the lead vocals. This venture produced the UK hit "Trouble In Town"/"Poison Heart".
"ST. CHRISTOPHER'S SIN"/ "MR. MAJSTYK"
When Steve One and the Shades broke up at the end of the 80's, Steve spent a few years in the studio writing, singing, producing and playing guitar on a couple of projects, most notably "St. Christopher's Sin" with Shades' guitarist and co-producer Terry 'T.K.' Kincannon, and "Mr. Majstyk", a solo project, both labled as adult alternative rock/pop. These sessions, as well as outtakes and demos, are still played regularly and charting on SoundClick and BroadJam.