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Translator features Steve Barton (guitar, vocals), Robert Darlington (guitar, vocals), Larry Dekker (bass) and Dave Scheff (drums).
Formed in Los Angeles in 1979, Translator relocated to San Francisco and were swiftly signed to Howie Klein's independent label, 415 Records (which became part of Columbia Records as soon as the band signed), on the strength of their demo version of Steve’s song "Everywhere That I'm Not," the song that would remain the band's signature tune.
Heartbeats and Triggers (415/Columbia 1982), produced by David Kahne, was a college-radio hit. The second album, 1983's No Time Like Now was also produced by Kahne and included the hit single, Barton’s “Un-Alone”. Their third album from 1985, simply titled Translator was helmed by Ramones producer Ed Stasium, as was their final album, Evening of the Harvest (1986). For their single “Come With Me”, they travelled to India to film the music video. Everywhere That I’m Not —A Retrospective was released by Columbia in 1986. Two CD retrospectives were released: Translation on Oglio and Everywhere That We Were — The Best of Translator by Sony/Legacy in 1995 and 1996, respectively. All of the original four albums, plus bonus tracks, are available on iTunes and on CD. Also, previously un-released sessions will be available very soon. The band continues to play the occasional live show, including some very well-received gigs in Los Angeles and San Francisco in September 2009.