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Joy Ryder & Avis Davis

The underground rock movement, later called punk, had not yet become mainstream when, at a NYC band audition, vocalist Joy Ryder met guitar player, Avis Davis. They started the Davis Ryder Band, and after a year of club dates and Nato base gigs in the Arctic Circle, Iceland and Germany, they toured the new wave rock circuit, opening for acts like the Ramones, John Cale and Iggy Pop, and doing local dates with the Heatrbreakers and members of the NY Dolls. After the release of their indie hit "No More Nukes" under their names Joy Ryder and Avis Davis, they were invited by MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) to perform at a No Nukes rally, filmed for Warner Brothers before a quarter of a million people at Battery Park City in 1979 with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Gil Scott Heron and others. They toured the USA for Rock Against Racism, and played at several major Legalization of Marijuana rallies.
The duo were mostly self contained, and they produced and distributed their single while managing and booking their band. They traveled to clubs in Georgia, Ohio, California, Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in a scruffy van which they shared with band mates and a bunch of amplifiers. They slept in the van and in rooms situated above the clubs (one completely furnished with broken windows in the dead of winter). Money was tight and the work was hard, but they continued to get radio play for their record, and television coverage for their anti-Nuke message. However, the success was short lived. The stress of working 24 hours a day for very little money took it's toll. Joy and Avis seperated in the early 1980s, never attaining the record contract and financial security that they sought.
. Each pursued their own career, and had some success recording for other labels, but the band that they had build together was lost to memory, until 2011, when they were able to digitize some taped recordings found in a storage container. The Lost Tapes is a document of a time before MTV,, a compilation of live recordings, demos, studio outtakes, and even a video recording of the band taken at the Animal X fashion show at the Mudd Club in NYC.