In downtown New York City, in 1979, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman founded their industrial-sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Gray’s Anatomy, a reference source for his paintings and to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed. Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor and Justin Thyme (aka Wayne Clifford). Vincent Gallo was a member of the band for a short period of time nearer the end of their first incarnation.
Just after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s death in 1988, Holman, Taylor, Thyme and Vincent Gallo, re-united as Gray and performed at Basquiat’s Memorial at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the Citicorp Building. In 2010 Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor reunited once again to produce the first Gray album ever, titled, ”Shades of…” on their own label, Plush Safe Records.