Formed in 1972 at North Central High School in Indianapolis,The Late Show's original line-up included drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Kevin Kimberlin, along with Don Main and Mark Moran.
With a move to New York City in 1974 the Late Show caught the attention of producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Artful Dodger, New York Dolls, The Knack). After a series of recordings with Douglas at theRecord Plant, and major label offers from CBS, Epic, Windfall, and Don Kirshner's Record label, all of which the band turned down expecting a bigger deal to be around the corner, Kimberlin left the band.
The band continued as a three piece from 1975 until 1979, when Steve Lester was added on guitar and keyboards.
By late 1979, guitarist Rick Clayton had replaced Steve Lester and Chris Pyle joined replacing Mark Cutsinger on drums.
The band entered Soundsmith Studios in Indianapolis with producer Greg Riker and engineer producer Mike Petrucci to record their first record, "Portable Pop". The band had trouble getting the sound they wanted in the studio. Main recalled, "Don't get me wrong, it was a nice studio, it was just too sterile sounding. So we literally set up in the loading dock area of the studio with monitors and recorded the entire album live. "Portable Pop", released in 1980 on Rave Records was the only official release by The Late Show, and was only available at the time on vinyl. The record has been out of print since the early 80's. This power pop classic will be reissued in the spring of 2012 by Trashy Creatures Records.
The band recorded their second record in Memphis, Tn with producer John Hampton (The Raconteurs, White Strips, Alex Chilton, The Cramps, The Replacements, Gin Blossoms) in 1983. The record entitled , The Late Show "Recordio in Stereo", was shelved just weeks before it's independent release by the bands lawyer, who assured them a contract with Atlantic Records was a done deal. As it it turned out the deal fell through and the record has remained unreleased since 1983. It will finally see the light of day with bonus tracks later this year on Trashy Creatures Records. Between 1986 and 1988, the band recorded demos In Los Angeles and their hometown of Indianapolis with producer Ian Ritchie (Roger Waters, Godley & Creme, Gary Numan, The Beach Boys, Dead Or Alive, Howard Jones, Laurie Anderson). Atlantic Records was responsible for paring producer Ritchie with the band but once again a deal with the label failed to materialize.
The "Portable Pop" reissue was produced for Trashy Creatures Records by Greg Roberson (Tiger High, Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee's Love). It is available on Cd, for Digital Download, and as a High Quality Cassette. The Cd features the original 12 song LP plus 4 previously unreleased studio bonus tracks recorded just prior "Portable Pop". The cassette reissue contains the original 12 song LP plus an entire 10 song live concert from 1980 as bonus tracks.