Tommy Dunbar and Jon Rubin formed The Rubinoos while still in junior high school. By age fourteen, after playing a few school dances, they graduated to the club circuit. In 1975 the band was signed as one of the original acts on the newly formed Beserkley label. The Rubinoos made their recording debut that year with the song Gorilla, on the Beserkley Chartbusters LP. By 1977 the boys had finished recording their first LP The Rubinoos.