The Rubinoos formed when American power pop musicians Tommy Dunbar and Jon Rubin were still in junior high school. By age fourteen, after playing a few school dances, Rubin and friends graduated to the club circuit. In 1975, they were signed as one of the original acts on the new Beserkley label. Since then, they've toured and released studio albums for decades, becoming massively influential in the power pop sub-genre and sometimes breaking into mainstream success such as with songs "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I Think We're Alone Now". They currently consist of the core duo of Dunbar and Rubin with Al Chan, Donn Spindt, Susie Davis. and David Rokeach.
Known for their melodic songwriting as well as their deliberately 'nerdy' public image, the Rubinoos made their public recording debut in 1975with the song "Gorilla" on the 'Beserkley Chartbusters' LP. By 1977, the boys had finished recording their first full album, an LP titled simply 'The Rubinoos'. Gene Sculatti of the New York Rocker called it "the best pop album of the decade." The band took influence from both contemporary rock music as well as from the bubblegum pop music of the past twenty-five years.
The first single was "I Think Were Alone Now", a cover of the Tommy James classic pop track, and it reached the top 40 nationwide as well as the top 10 in many major U.S. cities. Appearances on 'Dick Clarks American Bandstand', 'The Rolling Stone 10th Anniversary TV Special', and in numerous teen magazines of the era helped put the Rubinoos into the pop consciousness. At the same time, the group was receiving a lot of attention overseas: critical acclaim and airplay in Europe came alongside top tens in Japan and Australia.