Chris, you are definitely on the right track here, but are seriously mis-underestimating the impact of the members of the Angry Samoans who were NOT union-card-carrying RockCrits.
The band would not have been the same without Toddy, an early adopter of Pumas: "Well, I say whatever I think to anybody. That's because I can run faster than anybody."
And Bill is, was, and always will be (part of our digital heritage now!) a fantastically talented drummer.
And we revolving-door lead guitarists, evidenced our misanthropy by consistently shredding eardrums even as we demonstrated goodly chops. Otherwise we were all pretty nice people... except when it came to matters Bingenheimer.
And as for me, personally, IMHO without a younger sibling signally incompetent in (i.e., totally indifferent to) his assigned role of Executive Officer of the Angry Samoans, and insubordinate to boot the MetalMan would never have reached the crescendo of creative angst and vitriol he attained in 1978-1979-1980. (Example: Mike, referring to his mono guitar/voice rendition on a Sony portable! -- "This song is ***on tape*** ... Play it the way it is on the tape!" -- "Kevin": "Uh, no way: I'm gonna play it the way I want to.")
Anyway, look for the release of the FIRST, UNRELEASED Angry Samoans EP, "I'm In Love With Your Mom", containing renditions of six all-classic original tunes from the original Samoans setlist ca. September 1978, coming soon to an Amazon near you. (I personally remastered the sucka; it slays, no kidding.)