Richard Younger, an aspiring Brooklyn musician, spent the late 1970s penning tunes, and hanging out at Sea Coast Music, the publishing concern run by early rock architect Hal Fine. Between song pitches, Younger appeared solo at a host of New York City bars and clubs. Then he answered a Village Voice ad placed by Robert Pizzo and Bob Giammarco. Drummerless in 1981, Younger, Pizzo, and Giammarco worked on their own songs, perfecting two- and three-part harmonies as they went.
The Treble Boys moniker and drummer Chris DeGaetano arrived late that year, and the band’s first NYC shows. After entertaining at Crazy Horse in New Rochelle, the band became a bit of a CBGB regular; owner Hilly Kristal himself picked “One Kiss” for CBGB’s TV show, just short of DeGaetano’s departure. Manager Randy Adler brought in former Roxy Music talent Andy Newmark to supply the beat for eventual debut A-side “Julie-Anne.” For the flip, Dave Taub kept rhythm on “The Way You Do The Things You Do.”
Released as Firstake 100 in 1983, “Julie-Anne” scored college radio play here and there. Billboard pegged it as a “Top Recommended Pick.” Pushing minor momentum, Younger sent 45s to all corners—including the mailbox of Bruce Springsteen, then dating model Julianne Phillips. Younger figured his song’s title might raise an eyebrow with The Boss and his future wife. Later inquiries confirmed that Bruce had indeed heard “Julie-Anne.” Sire Records squinted at the band, but not hard enough. Stood up by the recording business, Treble Boys split in 1983.