Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Minutemen - 1966 Chatrand High School

Imagine in early 1966, there are about 800 bands in Indianapolis alone. Many were around for as long as a cup of coffee, and some had revolving doors of musicians. So any evidence of existing is important, and that's why tonight we bring you The Minutemen - hailing from Chartrand High!

The Minutemen won 1st prize at the variety show competition in late 1965. The photo appeared in the Indianapolis Star on Jan. 8th, 1966 (Elvis' Birthday!) with about 20 other bands listed.

Left to right:
Dave Stonehouse
Steve Stonehouse
Tom Arnold
Phil Eaton

Any of these guys go on to bigger or better things? As always, any info is delightfully received.

Now for the other 799 bands...........

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Boys Next Door - Reunion show - Sept. 19th 2015

Short notice - but it slipped thru the cracks here at 60's indiana band szene central command. Spread the word! And think a good thought for the memory of Steve Drybread. Look forward to meeting new friends there.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Clan - 1967-71

Wonderful contribution to our sister site on facebook. The Clan - from Northwest High School, just south of 34th St., Indianapolis. Even so kind as to have the names of the team included.

The Clan:
Chris Gossett - guitar
Dave Mason - drums
Barry Christy - vocals
Stewart Daniels - guitar
Dennis Dooley - guitar

Nothing else at this point, but as always - bravo for giving it a go!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fugitives - Bloomington

Sometimes it's nearly impossible to find these bands. Let's examine the "Fugitives". No shortage of Fugitives - there is the Indianapolis band we already exposed. Another Fugitives hailed from LaPorte. But best info says that this 45 is left from a Fugitives out of Bloomington, Indiana.

What evidence can I provide?  Just conjecture and circumstantial. Local legend has The Fugitives from Bloomington. I can cite a 1966 Indiana University yearbook showing co-eds dancing to the Fugitives (yet not showing a photo of the band). And lastly, Mike Markesich, the guru of research and the author of "Teenbeat mayhem", cites the band as from Bloomington.

Oh hell, let's hear some songs! The proper side is a cover of Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends", done well but nothing to write home about. Flip that 45 over and behold - another cover tune - Ike Turner's "Sticks and Stones". If you are going to play the college circuit, probably better to do the top 40 rather than your own tunes.

Ok team, let's find these guys and give them their due!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sands of Time - Brazil

Presenting the "Sands of Time" from Brazil. Where is Brazil anyone from Indianapolis might say.  Brazil is just east of Terre Haute and on the 70 corridor running to St. Louis.

The Sands of Time are:
Dennis Tilley,
John Stough,
Rick Wetnight ,
Dana Farless,
Jack Lawrence,
Tim Paullus,
Gary Ooley.

Gigs in early '68, and no info on how long they lasted, give them a hand just doing it!

I always have a soft spot for the cool logos on the bass head!

*Thanks Robert for the photos and info!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Maude Meuller Incident - Columbus

 1968 was the year of  many things, Vietnam still raging, Martin Luther King and  Bobby Kennedy assassinated, "Hair" opened, and Iron Butterfly released "In-a-gadda-da-vida".
Guess what band brought "In-a-gadda-da-vida" to Columbus, all glorious 18 minutes of it? Yep, The Maude Meuller Incident. Complete with the requisite color wheel - strobe lights - and dry ice!

Shown in the surviving flyer for the band (thanks Mike!):

Mike Fox
Rick Thompson
Jeff Wilhite

All were previously of the Bushmen presented earlier.

 While looking thru the notes, I noticed a 1964 ad for Ricky Thompson and a local (still there!) music center.Tom Pickett's is still operating and a nice place to visit for your guitar needs, and I have many!

Monday, March 30, 2015

International Graprfruite 1968

The names Herb Crawford and Ron Matelic are well known to Indiana Band Szene as members of "Sir Winston & the Commons". But they mysteriously appear here as writers of the unknown "International Grapefruite". The 45 is from 1968 and is obviously from Indianapolis. Is the Grapefruite a band that they lent a song to, or is the involvement more than that? The flip is penned my William H. Duke. Has a familiar ring to it, but........

Let's hear the tunes, and maybe that will ring a bell.

Every Night

Naptowns Alive People

The "naptown" tune name-checks many high schools and local scenes in and around Indy. See how many you can recognize.