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The Nixons (formed in 1990) are an American alternative rock band, finding commercial success in the mid-1990s.

The Nixons
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Background information
Origin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Post-grunge, alternative rock
Years active 1990–2000, 2017-Present
Labels Dragon Street Records, Rainmaker Records, MCA Records, KOCH Records
Associated acts Seether, Edgewater, 4 Points West, Anchor The Girl, Huver, Zac Maloy Band
Members Zac Maloy
Jesse Davis
Ricky Brooks
John Humphrey
Past members Tye Robison
Ricky Wolking


Band historyEdit

The Nixons were founded in Oklahoma City by singer/guitarist Zac Maloy, guitarist Jesse Davis, bassist Ricky Brooks, and drummer Tye Robison. The group released their debut EP Six in 1992 (after a self-titled album, released in 1990) on Dragon Street Records and replaced Robison with John Humphrey, before releasing Halo in 1994 on Dallas-based Rainmaker Records. This album features several songs also included on Foma, their official debut LP, released in 1995 on MCA Records. Foma included the radio hits "Sister", " Happy Song", "Wire", and "Passion". The group capitalized on their success with big tours (about 300 shows a year), including dates with KISS, Sevendust, Slash's Snakepit, Brother Cane, Soul Asylum, Radiohead, and Toadies. Foma eventually peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard 200.

The group replaced Ricky Brooks with Ricky Wolking and released the self-titled album "The Nixons" in 1997 on MCA/Universal, which featured three singles: "The Fall", "Miss USA" and "Baton Rouge". The album eventually peaked at No. 188 on the Billboard 200. Their consistent gigging ensured a strong cult audience for 1998's Scrapbook EP (featuring b-sides, live and acoustic performances, including covers of Elton John's "Rocket Man" and Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight"), which saw the band return to Rainmaker.

Their third full-length album Latest Thing, was released by Koch in early 2000. It featured songs co-written by Marti Frederiksen and Jack Blades of Night Ranger fame. Davis and Humphrey left the band after the album release. The band continued touring, replacing them with Scott Bush and Ray Luzier (of Korn and Army of Anyone fame), respectively. However, when the tour supporting the album concluded, The Nixons quietly disbanded.

Post break-upEdit

Davis, Brooks, and Humphrey reformed in early 2001 as Huver, with a new lead singer, Garin Murdock. The band gigged heavily and reportedly signed a recording contract with Epic Records, but broke up in the summer of 2002 after independently releasing one EP. John Humphrey has gone on to play drums in the band Seether. Zac Maloy released two albums and an EP as a solo artist, and has since become a songwriter (Warner/Chappell) and producer, and relocated to Nashville working with such acts as Carrie Underwood, Skillet, Our Lady Peace, Halestorm, Blake Shelton, Hanson, Chris Daughtry, David Cook and Bowling for Soup. Jesse Davis formed roots-rock band 4 Points West in 2002, which released EP, "Lonesome Demise..." and full-length album, "Insomnia Suite". Davis now plays in Anchor The Girl and released music produced by Grammy nominated Wes Sharon. Ricky Wolking went on to play bass for the rock band Edgewater and has recorded a solo album as Honky Mofo. Original drummer Robison is a co-owner of January Sound Studio in Dallas, and has worked as a producer/engineer with Drowning Pool, Cas Haley, and Dennis DeYoung.


In 2017, they announced a couple of reunion shows with the band's classic Foma line-up (Maloy, Davis, Brooks and Humphrey) which played in their native Oklahoma and also as a part of the KDGE "THE EDGE" Edgefest 25th Anniversary line-up in Frisco, Texas. Additionally, The Nixons Official Facebook page was created, where the 4 members are constantly uploading rare videos as well as unreleased pictures and memories.

A brand new song called "Song of the Year" was released on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify in early June. The Nixons will release the Song of the Year EP in the fall of 2017, making it their first album release in 17 years. The band will also re-release their debut album Halo on vinyl for the first time, newly remastered by original producer Kerry Crafton. Both Song of the Year EP and Halo albums can be pre-ordered now via their Official Merch Store. They will play a handful of dates towards the end of 2017.


Independent albumsEdit

Year Title Label
1990 The Nixons (Green Album) Independent, on cassette only

Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Label Chart positions
1994 Halo Rainmaker Records
1995 Foma MCA Records
1997 The Nixons
2000 Latest Thing KOCH Records

Extended playsEdit

Year Title Label Chart positions
1992 Six Dragon Street Records
1998 Scrapbook Rainmaker Records
2017 Song of the Year


Year Title Chart positions Album
1996 "Sister"
1997 "Baton Rouge"
The Nixons
"The Fall"
2000 "First Trip"
Latest Thing
2017 "Song of the Year"
Song of the Year EP

Music videosEdit

Year Title Album
1995 Head Foma
1996 Happy Song
1997 Baton Rouge The Nixons
2000 Blackout Latest Thing
2017 Song of the Year Song of the Year EP

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

Former membersEdit

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