The Gear Daddies are a band from Austin, Minnesota that enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Its members were Randy Broughten (electric and steel guitar), Nick Ciola (bass), Billy Dankert (drums and vocals), and Martin Zellar (guitar and vocals). The songwriting was handled primarily by Zellar, though Dankert also had several songs of note, including crowd favorite "Time Heals" and "One Voice," which is the song that includes the hidden track "Zamboni" on "Billys Live Bait."[1]

Their most notable mainstream success was when they played Late Night with David Letterman in 1991. Ciola and Dankert did not play on the show because many bands simply sat in with Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band when playing the show. Zellar had this to say of the experience: "I was so nervous, and it happened so quick. I couldn't tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughton), 'Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?' When I watched it that night in the hotel room (the Omni in New York), I had no recollection of having lived it."

The band officially broke up in 1992 but has performed reunion concerts nearly every summer since 1998 throughout the midwest.

"Zamboni" is their best-known song, having been featured in the movies D2: The Mighty Ducks and Mystery, Alaska, as well as on the acclaimed television program Malcolm in the Middle. It's also a staple at hockey games throughout North America.

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