Frank and Vince Rogala and Robin Canada created
NC-17 in 1990.
Ready to go at the onset of the
NC-17 set out on a mission to write and record a
collection of powerful new rock songs without the use of a guitar. After
months of writing and rewriting, recording and re-recording,
completed its debut album "The Happiest Place On Earth." Using
a distorted Rhodes to take up the slack left by the absence of the
guitar, and adding a slew of non-standard instrumentation, effects and
recording tricks, "The Happiest Place On Earth" truly sets the
unique tone that is
Shortly after the completion of
"Happiest..." the group sought out a bass player for its live
show, and was introduced to Ron Perron through a mutual friend. With Ron
NC-17 played a handful of shows in Hollywood clubs. A few
months later, Ron introduced the band to his own former bandmate Chuck
Hohn when the band found itself in need of a live sound engineer. Chuck
did sound for a few shows and then made the switch to become
drummer, with whom the band then continued its steady Hollywood show
In early 1992,
NC-17 was selected to
appear on Rock America, a video program produced and directed by Dov Kelemer. The
band performed a number of songs on the show, and more importantly built
a friendship with Dov, who subsequently directed two videos for
and is currently completing a feature length documentary about the band.
Violinist Robert Anthony Aviles hooked up
NC-17 later in 1992 when he, Chuck, Ron and Robin were invited to
play together for a showcase at the Troubadour to back up a singer who
was friends with Robert and Chuck. Robert fronted (and still now
performs with) his own band called Insight, which had been a winner on
Star Search a few years before. The band quickly integrated Robert and
his unique style into its already distinct sound, and soon afterward
recorded "Hellhead" and "Inside/Outside," two
important recordings that marked the next step in the evolution of
NC-17 completed an EP entitled
"Hellhead" containing both "Hellhead" and
"Inside/Outside." Those two cuts, along with the "Hellhead"
video directed by Dov, were licensed to a company for release in
Indonesia and a few other Southeast Asian countries. More recordings
were licensed there in 1995, and a full album was released.
Seven years later the full length feature
documentary WON'T ANYBODY LISTEN is finished and has been
released to great reviews.
NC-17 has finished the
songs the film documents them creating and performing and has made them
available through the link below.
Special guest Nick Pyzow featured on Acoustic Guitar
helped transform NC-17's sound into a powerfully moving score.