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Masters of Reality is an American rock band formed in 1981 by frontman Chris Goss and guitarist Tim Harrington in Syracuse, New York. A band that was inspired by a combination of early King Crimson and early Black Sabbath, with original songs which include "Building the Kingdom", "Voodoo Doll", "Metal Entity", "M.O.R.", "Cash", "Anchor", "Stones in Every Field", and "Doraldina's Prophecies".[1] The band is sometimes associated with the "Palm Desert Scene", after the first lineup which includes bands like Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and many other stoner rock and "desert rock" bands. The band is named after the album Master of Reality by Black Sabbath.

Masters of Reality
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Lead singer Chris Goss in 2010.
Background information
OriginSyracuse, New York, United States
Years active1981–present
Associated acts
MembersChris Goss
John Leamy
Paul Powell
Josh Urist

The band's music has touched on many styles, after the first lineup, ranging from hard rock to blues, from progressive rock to Beatlesque pop music.

Frontman Goss is also a notable producer (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, UNKLE, Soulwax, Melissa Auf der Maur, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster) and has contributed to many other bands in the Palm Desert Scene and beyond.



After its first incarnation - which consisted of Chris Goss, Tim Harrington, Vinnie Ludovico and Googe - ended following the release of the self-titled debut album in 1989[2] there has been a revolving door policy in which Goss remains the only constant. According to, the band was initially called The Manson Family.

The band appears briefly in the 1990 Steven Seagal film, Marked for Death.[citation needed] In 1993, Goss and Googe resurfaced as Masters Of Reality with Sunrise on the Sufferbus. Joined by drummer Ginger Baker (formerly of Cream), the album spawned a Top 10 chart hit with the single "She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)". A cut that is sometimes used by American radio shows when they have a Brit guest is "T.U.S.A", a rap by Baker which describes the inability of Americans to make a proper cup of tea.[citation needed] Baker left the band after about a year and was replaced by Victor Indrizzo (of Circus of Power and Samiam).

Masters Of Reality recorded the song "Climb Inside My World" for a Ren & Stimpy episode entitled "Jerry the Bellybutton Elf". The song was written by Steve Mellor who also wrote the episode in which it appeared.[citation needed]

Masters of Reality were rarely active for several years afterwards due to Goss being occupied with production duties for other bands. However, the band did appear at Johnny Depp's Viper Room night club in 1997 for a two-night stand, and a resultant live album, How High the Moon featured Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland on "Jindalee Jindalie".

In 1999 the band released Welcome to the Western Lodge. Goss' connection to Queens of the Stone Age resulted in the collaborative album Deep in the Hole in 2001, and two years later, in the release of the subsequent live album Flak 'n' Flight.

In 2003, the band covered the song "Devil's Radio" for the album Songs from the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison, which was a tribute album to the Beatles' guitarist.

The band released its fifth album, Give Us Barabbas, in 2004, which was more of a collection of lost tracks - opening with the "Ballad of Jody Frosty". On August 24, 2009, the band released Pine/Cross Dover.


"Masters Of Reality will always be a project with alternating lineups. (...) I can't afford paying people to tell they're in the band." Chris Goss in 2002.[3]

Spring 2015 European Tour:

Summer 2013 European Tour:

late 2010 US/UK Pine/Cross Dover tour:

Previous line-ups included:


Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

Charted singlesEdit

Song Rock Billboard Hot 100 Album
"She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)" 8 Sunrise on the Sufferbus


  1. ^ "Masters of Reality | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
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  3. ^ "METAL INSIDE - Das online Metal, Rock und Alternative Magazin!". Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  4. ^ "USC Cinematic Arts: Faculty/Staff". Retrieved 2016-02-17.

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