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Nino Del Pesco (born September 6, 1959 - August 14, 2019) is a musician known for playing in various critically acclaimed and groundbreaking bands throughout his career including the Lonesome Strangers, Snake Farm, the Knights of the Living Dead, AntiProduct, and The Black Tongued Bells. In addition to being a musician, Nino is also an award winning screenwriter.

Nino Del Pesco
Nino Del Pesco
Background information
Birth nameAntonino Del Pesco
Born (1959-09-06) September 6, 1959 (age 60)
Santa Maria, California
OriginSan Diego
DiedAugust 14, 2019
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, screenwriter, playwright
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1977 – Present
Associated actsThe Amazing Humans, Puppies, Country Dick & the Snuggle Bunnies, Lonesome Strangers, Snake Farm, Knights of the Living Dead, Billy Bremner (musician), Loafing Hyenas, Apache Dancers, AntiProduct, The Black Tongued Bells, Steve Dior


Del Pesco started his career in 1978 with the San Diego avant-garde band, "The Amazing Humans" which featured members of "The Young Americans," most notably multi-instrumentalist Dan Mareen who would go on to play bass clarinet for Harry Partch[1] before finally settling in Zurich.[2] The band garnered immediate interest in the scene but was short lived. In 1979, Nino became a founding member of "The Puppies"[3] along with Dane Conover (Trees), Richard Filaccio, James Krieger, and Irene Liberatore. The New Wave band was discovered by Kim Fowley and recorded the single, "Mechanical Beat" on the Stiff America label.[4] The single was produced by Liam Sternberg.[5] From 1981–1983, Del Pesco played with "Country Dick & the Snuggle Bunnies"[6] before moving to Los Angeles and co-founding "The Lonesome Strangers" with Jeff Rymes, Randy Weeks, and ex-Wall of Voodoo drummer Joe Nanini. The band's debut album, "Lonesome Pine", was produced by Pete Anderson and featured such notable artists as Chris Hillman and Al Perkins.[7] The album was well received and garnered critical acclaim, but was not a commercial success for the band. Nino left the Lonesome Strangers in 1987 to form "Snake Farm" with Barry McBride (The Plugz) and Gurf Morlix.[8]

In 1988, Nino joined the "Knights of the Living Dead," who had demos produced by Dave Jerden and Warren Zevon[9] (Zevon also wrote the band's bio).[10] Between 1991–1996, Del Pesco went on hiatus to attend college, earning himself a BA degree in psychology from UCLA in 1996. Though college was the priority during that period, Nino still found time to play with various bands and continued to do session work.[11] Del Pesco returned to music full-time in 1997, when he co-founded AntiProduct with Alex Kane from Life, Sex & Death, and Eddie Reuter. After Kane left the band in 1999, AntiProduct became the "Black Tongued Bells" which also featured guitarist Steve Dior. Both Dior and Del Pesco left the band in 2003.[12] Del Pesco and Dior reunited in 2007 to record "Pretty Dope Fiend" which appears in the film, "Who Killed Nancy?" and is featured in the opening of the official trailer.

In 2005, Nino took a break from music to focus on screenwriting[13] and in 2008 his first script, THE THIRD REALM, won the CineStory Screenwriting Contest,[14][15][16] the deadCENTER Screenwriting Award,[17] and took First Place in the Omaha Film Festival's Feature Length Screenplay category.[18][19] The Third Realm was also a Finalist in Scriptapalooza[20] and the Sweet Auburn International Film Festival’s Screenplay Category, a Semi-Finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Contest,[21] the ReelHeART International Film Festival, Screenwriting Contest #18[22] and made the Top 10 in the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival's Screenplay Competition.



Albums On Which Nino Del Pesco Played Bass
Year Album Label Artist Songs On Which Nino Played Bass
1980 Fun Is Right High Rise Puppies All Tracks
1982 Who's Listening? Government Records Puppies Slang Lingo
1986 A Town South of Bakersfield, Vol. 1 Enigma Records Lonesome Strangers Lonesome Pine
1986 Lonesome Pine Wrestler Records Lonesome Strangers All Tracks
1989 What Kind of Dreams Are These New Rose Snake Farm Before The Summers Over; A Norther's Blowin In; Sidewinder Strikes; This Old Town
1994 Sweet Spot[23] Zuma Records Russ Tolman All Tracks
2003 Bootleg Demos Volume 1 White Devil Music AntiProduct Hey, Let's Get It On; "Sometimes"; One More Last Thing
2003 Bootleg Demos Volume 2 White Devil Music AntiProduct Everybody Stares; Science Fiction
2008 Days Went Around Wooldridge Brothers Records The Wooldridge Brothers Hey


Singles On Which Nino Del Pesco Played Bass
Year Single Label Artist Album
1981 Mechanical Beat Stiff America Puppies Single Only
2009 Pretty Dope Fiend Peace Arch Entertainment The Delinquents "Who Killed Nancy?" Soundtrack


Videos In Which Nino Del Pesco Appears
Year Video Label Artist Album
1986 Day-In Day-Out[24] EMI David Bowie Never Let Me Down


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  4. ^ San Diego Magazine, 1990, Volume 42, Page 108
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  8. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir (2003). All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music. Backbeat Books. ISBN 9780879307608.
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  12. ^ "Nino Del Pesco". Reverbnation. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
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  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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