"Powers is a second generation mexican american born and raised in El Monte, California. In 1976, he was president of the ramones fan club, then ran a fanzine for the Screamers. After traveling to London and New York City he returned to L.A. and in 1979 met Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Pierce taught him to play guitar using open tuning, and they formed 'The Creeping Ritual', which became the Gun Club. Powers left that group before their recording debut, instead joining New York-based band The Cramps in December 1980, who dubbed him 'Kid Congo Powers'. He rejoined the Gun Club from 1983-1988, when he again left to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, in Berlin, for several albums and associated tours. Most recently, Powers has collaborated with New York City guitarist Jack Martin on projects like The Pink Monkey Birds..."