In early 1985, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took a swing through Ohio, and within a matter of mere months, the city of Columbus produced the Royal Crescent Mob. "The R.C. Mob," as they were affectionately known to fans, was an appropriate moniker in that they were to the Red Hot Chili Peppers what Royal Crown Cola once was to Coke; similar in taste but different, some preferred Royal Crown to Coke, and it still moved plenty of cases of soda -- at least for a time. The Mob, main members being singer David Ellison, guitarist B. Emch, and bassist Harold "Happy" Chichester, were a force to be reckoned with in the Midwestern American club scene of the late '80s, routinely packing houses beyond capacity and regaling enthusiastic crowds with a tightly played and highly appealing blend of punk and funk. Their two big numbers early on were an original called "Get on the Bus" and a cover of Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster," and both were featured on their independently produced, six-track EP Land of Sugar, which appeared in 1986. The drummer's chair was a revolving door in the Mob until Carlton Smith settled into the job in 1987.