In Randy's own words, "I been playing music since the early 80s. Before that I was a poser and an obsessed fan-boy. I first got into Rock music when the Beatles arrived in America. I went to the Fillmore East a lot in '70-'71. I saw Led Zepplin, King Crimson (w/Greg Lake) Fleetwood Mac (w/ Peter Green) I hate to sound like someone's dad, but I think Rock was probably peaking then. We have a joke, "Nothing after '78". We're really not that self-concious about it, but that's the period we're most influenced by. When the blues was still felt in the music.
Another major influence on me is old-school Funk. When I was a kid in '67, I saw James Brown at Yankee Stadium. WOW! He's like Mozart to me. Sly Stone, Ohio Players, Slave. There's an element of that in the music of The Lizards, and you'll be hearing it more as we develop. There's a "sweet spot" where James Brown and Black Sabbath meet. We want to be there"
Trapeze, Stray Dog, Cactus, Vanilla Fudge, Boomerang, Sir Lord Baltimore, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Bad Company, Detective, The Babys, Pink Floyd, Little Feat, Spooky Tooth, Mountain, Grand Funk, King Crimson ('til "Red") Gentle Giant, Jeff Buckley, Humble Pie, Captain Beyond, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck Group, The Doors, Hendrix, Frank Marino, Blue Cheer, Randy Holden, Black Sabbath, James Brown, Ohio Players, Sly Stone, P-Funk, Slave