|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Drums A-Go-Go||17||Audio||2007||Air Mail Archive|
|2||Agua Caliente / Drums A-Go-Go||2||Audio||1965||Original Sound|
|3||Tijuana Surf / Grunion Run||2||Audio||1963||Original Sound|
|6||Drums A-Go-Go||12||Audio||1965||Original Sound|
|8||Vuelven Los Persuaders||4||Audio||1965||Hispavox|
|9||Hollywood A-Go-Go||2||Audio||1965||Original Sound|
|10||Persuasion / Juarez||2||Audio||Original Sound|
|11||Hollywood A-Go-Go||2||Audio||1965||Original Sound|
|12||Persuaders A Go-Go||4||Audio||1965||Hispavox|
|13||Hollywood A-Go-Go||2||Audio||1965||Original Sound|
|14||Preludio A La Destruccion / Satisfaccion||2||Audio||Gamma (4)|
|15||Los Persuaders||12||Audio||1965||Diana (3)|
The Persuaders were really one key figure. That of [a=Paul Buff], whose engineering skills had led him to build PAL Studio in Cucamonga, initially at 8020 Archibald Avenue and then at 8040 - where it eventually became [a=Frank Zappa]'s 'Studio Z' in 1964. Buff offered flat-rate fee tariffs to up-and-coming bands who needed cost-effective recordings. He engineered a number of surf bands (despite being in the desert location) and his work launched The Surfaris and The Chantays, but he benefited no more than they by some devious re-recording of the works.
As Zappa (who had lived nearby with his first wife) began to occupy the studio, a number of other musicians began to regularly appear. Dave Aerni, Ronnie Williams and various personnel from Zappa's early groups. Buff created a number of 'labels' and pressed limited quantities of projects on them. A few San Bernardino stores would carry them and Buff then got local DJs to air-play them. When the radio station did their weekly sales-check with the stores they would discover stock had almost gone. That's because the studio team had anonymously purchased them all - and the station would chart the disc, at least into the top forty. Buff & co would then go to Hollywood and 'persuade' A&R music men to advance them large sums for national release of the 'hit'. Hence "The Hollywood Persuaders".
Some of the Buff 'scams' did actually chart. "Tijuana Surf" was #1 in the charts (above The Beatles) in 1964 (with Zappa's "Grunion Run" on the flipside). Buff's "Drums-A-Go-Go" was covered by Sandy Nelson and his original made its way into the soundtrack of "Natural-Born Killers"