The hard rock outfit Stress came together in 1983 when bassist Josquin des Pres and vocalist/guitarist Mike Thomas decided to start a jazz/hard rock fusion group. The thinking behind it was to take the skill of jazz playing and apply it to a rock style. Guitarist Tim Nicholson signed on, and the revolving lineup of drummers began, with only Leroy Vega sticking around long enough to really be considered a regular drummer. Former Aerosmith guitarist Jimmy Crespo replaced Nicholson in 1985 and the band carried on without major-label interest until 1987, when they decided to give up the rock & roll game. A collection of their entire recording catalog, Killing Me Night & Day, was issued after their demise.