Doug Khazzam is the songwriter and leader of the 1980's Power Pop group Buddy Love. The group reformed in 2006 with all of it's original members and have been recording and appearing in the New York City area ever since. But who is Doug Khazzam?
Doug grew up in the 1960's in the Long Island town of Baldwin, NY. As a kid he was always a huge fan of music and at a young age was blessed with a singing voice which impressed his first grade teacher. So much in fact, that she took him to every class in the school to sing! His father Joe was not so impressed and made a point of not allowing any musical instruments in the house saying, "musicians have a terrible life and no son of mine will have that kind of career!"
By the time he turned sixteen Joe could not stop him from picking up a guitar and learning how to play it and by the age of twenty (1977) he was co-founder of two of Americas earliest Punk Rock bands, The Alan Milman Sect (one of whos songs was later covered by Urge Overkill)
and later (1978) Man-Ka-zaM.
During that two year period Doug and Alan appeared at many of the New York City punk rock Clubs (CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, The 80's, Great Gildersleeves) as The Alan Milman Sect or Man-Ka-zaM, where he innocently played his guitar all the while getting a Pop music education of all eras and genres from Alan (who was and still is a walking encyclopedia of music). During that time Doug became heavily influenced by 60's music and especially British Invasion and late 70's "New Wave" like Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson.
By 1979 Doug and Alan began to tire of their "punk rock parodies" and began writing the songs that would eventually be used for their Power POP! Project "Buddy Love".
Doug spent the beginning of the new millennium working on his dream project, that of resurrecting Buddy Love. He finally convinced Rich and Hugh to reform and play around the Long Island area during 2003 and 2004.
Eventually Doug decided to go back to the source, finding and convincing all of the ORIGINAL Buddy Love members from 1980 (Joey, Rich and Scott) to reform in 2006. More recently the group added Keyboard player Dave Stoler to help round out their sound. They are currently appearing in the New York Area.
Since their reunion they have released two CD's, 2007's "Now... and Then"
and their latest, Buddy Love (2011).
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