A robust and graceful music group that was as well post-punk to become folk-rock and as well folk-rock to become post-punk, Shiva Burlesque began like a partnership between vocalist Jeff Clark and guitarist Give Lee Phillips. Both had previously performed collectively in Clark’s music group, the Tom Males, in north California. Following a death of the percussionist (a drum machine), bassist Wayne Brenner and human being drummer Joey Peters became a member of up. The foursome released a self-titled record in 1987 on Nate Starkman & Child, which received year-end compliment from famous brands Melody Manufacturer and Rolling Rock. Greg Adamson was added on cello and lover Paul Kimble (acknowledged as Dick Smack) changed Brenner on bass for 1990’s Mercury Blues. They quickly split up, due to internal tension. Not really assisting Shiva Burlesque’s trigger was their failure to squeeze in using the reigning locks metallic and punk moments of past due-’80s LA. Phillips, Kimble, and Peters continuing as Give Lee Buffalo, and Clark proceeded to go single with Adamson and Brenner up to speed. Brenner also became a member of Scenic.