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Serene Dominic presents… Thumpkin’s Whereabouts!

Jug band music abounded in the early Sixties as an offshoot of the then-booming folk scene and Ged Thumpkin’s Jugglickers might have been the best of them all. But all that changed in 1965 when Ged heard Dylan go electric … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Cole Summers!

When Glen Campbell rocketed to the top of the charts with a series of Jimmy Webb compositions about American cities, from “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” to “Wichita Lineman” to “Galveston,” it made sense for country singers looking … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Jimmy Jay & The First Responders!

According to the legend, “Jimmy Jay was a Chicago fireman whose band consisted of fellow firefighters he met from other engine houses all responding to a 20-story blaze. After the fire, the men who worked so well together decided to … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Friends of Antarctica!

With the rash of charity records glutting the charts in 1985 from the likes of Band-Aid, Hearing Aid, USA for Africa, Northern Lights and Artists United Against Apartheid, artists not invited to participate on those awareness raising platters were left … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Analog Cabin!

Today we’d call it electroclash, modern music made on antiquated synthesizers. But in 1987, when it was state of the art, most people just called it garbage. Heads nearly snapped off necks when Steven Oddyssey ditched the multi-platinum-dance pop of … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… The Merseykillers!

God bless Blighty’s happiest export, The Merseykillers and their cheerful cover versions of some of the most violent, objectionable girl group recordings ever written. Songs like “Agony”, about a brutal boyfriend’s bruising charm achieving its desired effect on the ladies. … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Roscoe Des Moines!

Born Joseph DeSimone in Augusta, GA, he was later redubbed Roscoe Des Moines by his dyslexic manager Jack DesMoines, who merely thought he was doing a relative a favor. While some truly gifted gospel singers at some point in their … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Maricopa Beef Exporters!

Before becoming a Country Music Hall of Famer, Cole Summers worked as a $75 a week songwriter at Grinn & Barrett Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. There he wrote hits like “Kissing Your Walls Goodnight” for Farley Youngins, “Haul Off and … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… The 4 Sublevels!

A regionally ignored Motor City knockoff of The Four Tops, this Auburn Hills quartet’s lead singer LaFonte Dupree credits his partial blindness for giving him the urgency in his voice that would later be known as “soul” but at the … Continue reading

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Serene Dominic presents… Bed Intruderz!

A bunch of white guys playing reggae? They laughed in 1978 when The Police did it and they laughed even harder in 1994 when Sublime did it. They laughed hardest in 2011 when Bed Intruderz, three guys outta Alleghany County, … Continue reading

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