SEARCH OF HISTORIC ZOMBO
the Cd front.. All of Zombos 10 Real Rare Rockabilly Cds
have been professionally remastered and reprinted. New Dapper
CDs: Graveyard Rock and Monster-ific are out and look
and sound better than the band ever thought they could. Space
Needles CD is out. The title is Lucky Jinx.
It was recorded at Pearl Jams Studio a few years back,
but now it also contains a full live show from The Tractor in
Seattle. Z jumped back into experimental music with A
Roman Afterlife. The whole CD was done live with 3 Macintosh
computers using Ableton Live, ORIs Back to Basics and
Mac Theremin along with stacks of creepy old records. It really
is cool, although some folks are alarmed of how darn nutty it
is. The Varmints recorded a surprisingly filthy mini album that
will piss off alot of folks..its called The Varmints
Play Dirty. We dug up Aunt Martha on drums and added Moe
Ron on crappy organ. Calperincus and Odis went so far off the
deep end that they decided to hold the pressing of the CD to
write even more depraved songs recordings. The full length Cd
should be out by the end of 2007 and not one second of it is
radio friendly. Zombos Newest Rockabilly, Garage, Surf,
R and B Portland Band, The Astrolauts should be popping into
the recording studio to make some noise and release a disc soon.
The Stoodups Go For Broke, Produced by Deke
Dickerson, is still available and now the band which is a 7-piece
Roots Rock Powerhouse will be studio bound as well. The Surfaholics
Tiki A Go Go has been repressed. Although not all of the releases
slated for 2006 came out on schedule, they will be worth the
wait.. Zomboco Records also plans to release some big stuff.
The unbelievable Amazing Thrift Series which chronicled
over 20 years of bizarre records rescued from thrift stores,
garage sales, etc. will be coming out on CD. It will be a 15
CD set. And all of Zombos collection of crazy MSR (song-poem)
music will be out, too. That will be a 10 CD set. Also Zombo
found the entire season of radio shows made especially in a
pro studio for WBCQ in Maine. All 51 hours will be available
on mp3 CDs for a very tiny price. Damn, I better get to work
and get some of this stuff on the buy page!
for a ton of New Zombo Cds and DVDs!
Yep, thats right. Thanks to an increasing market for smaller
run CD and DVDs keep an eye out for all of this...
CDs (all only $10 each) available on this site soon.
are all scheduled to release in 2006!
King Dapper Combo is finally releasing three new professional
designed and pressed CDs.
1.Graveyard Rock- This is the six song mini album we recorded
in 1999. With it is a full set of music from one of our favorite
live digitally recorded shows..The WAPS Radio night at Kent,
Ohios legendary Robin Hood. Its one
crazy ass show.
2. Monsterific- This a collection of the many years of studio
recording of lots of new songs and rocking revamps of old favorites.
This is our best CD ever!
3.WooHoo -The King Dapper Early Years. Here's a collection of
fun recordings from 1991-94. The roots of KDC were mighty weird
and most folks in NE Ohio were baffled by our guts and insanity.
And this is before we started playing all monster music and
wearing capes and makeup!!
reissues also. Watch for a newly pressed Tiki-a-go go
and our first unreleased recordings on Platform Sandals
Varmints are digging out of the trash our numerous basement
tapes and making a full length CD compilation of some truly
awful shit. Watch for their wrong minded antics on Varmints
The Space Needles CD that was recorded at Pearl Jam studios
in 2003 will finally see the light of day. Zombo with an amazing
array of cool, hip and swinging players knock out some fine
burlesque/noise/blues/jazz on this Self titled release.
Also Zombo digs way deep into his archives to bring you...
1. The Best of Plastic Eye Miracle- His lo-fi techno beatnic
experiments with Doug Wofsey and friends from 1988-91. This
basement studio band had a flavor similar to The Residents and
Ween. They had put out over half a dozen well reviewed full
releases of some odd and interesting music. You wont believe
2. The Best of The Bill Jones Show- (1988-90) These recordings
are beyond weird. Its silly and nearly childish music
that you may hear in your head as you fall asleep. Its
Zombo at his uninhibited worst.
3. Best of Inch Eggs- (1989-92) Zombos journey into a
thick, sick and long sonic wordless trance. It has been reviewed
as being The music in the waiting room in Hell.
4.Baby Zombo- (1969-80) recordings. You will hear everything
from a pre-pubecent Z and his next door neighbor banging and
twanging some inept nonsense to his early 20s experiments
with sound. This collection has bits and pieces of found recordings
from childhood and some primitive homemade electronics. No refunds.
5. Psychotronics-Hell Paso. Watch for this brand new Cd of Zombo,
Jules and amigos kicking up dirt in a hot El Paso garage. 60s
garage and wild rock trash. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Sax, theremin
and Congas a-plenty!
6.Mano Sol/Zombo- Another fine El Paso souvenir. Mano Sol brings
forth layers of super cool and slick and mighty tasty beats,
samples and loops. Zombo garnishes it with Theremin and Effected
Upright Bass playing.
DVDs...Every video (and maybe a few new cool ones) on
this website will soon be all available on DVD..Watch the site..
been so goshdarn busy down here that I haven't had much time
for updates to the site. Had a great winter down here..my first
with sunny weather...ya get spoiled quick...This time next year
we could be anywhere.So far,Julie has been getting job offers
in New Mexico, Washington, California,and London England...and
of course there's Pittsburgh! You know me, I am pretty resourceful,
so I am up for anything. And I am in the Midwest for at least
two months a year no matter what.
I can hardly
wait to get the new webpage on this site with all the cool stuff
happening at my screenprinting shop. There will be tons of cool
shirts available and an instant shirt option!
the only thing missing down here is radio. I have managed to
stumble my way into Bluegrass, Jump Blues, Garage, Instrumental,
and World musics playing a variety of instruments. I hope to
keep my steady gig writing for the local entertaiment weekly
after we move. Plus my live DJ nights are still going strong.
My big news is that I wil be DJing at Viva Los Vegas at the
end of March in Vegas and that a new King Dapper CD will be
released by a record label in England.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!
May 2004 Howdy
things have been going on lately are well.. incredible!
First off, I now own Zombo Screen Printing Co. in
my hometown of Canton, Ohio.
I have purchased an amazing full production printing company
and my sister, Lola and pals Doug, Karen and Eric have transformed
3832 Cleveland Ave. into a Willie Wonka style workshop. We can
do all your custom printed T-shirts, hats, mousepads, posters,
rain panchos, record bags, jackets, well hell we professionally
print anything..and at a lower price than anyone.. no fooling..
call 330-575-7775 for a quick quote!
Loving El Paso.. Have two weekly Dj nights. Two monthly Dj nights,
A weekly entertainment newspaper column, In two bands (one Rawk,
one Bluegrass), On the steering committee on the John Kerry
Campaign (way cool), Julie and I will find it hard to return
to Pittsburgh.. but we know it is inevitable.
Here's the Letter from
when we first arrived....,Hola!
We made it cross country to El Paso, TX. right on the Mexican
border and the weather is idyllic. The folks are friendly. And
the climate is ready for some real zomboness. Two months have
flown by and already a nice list of good things have came our
way. We are here two years and then most likely back to the
'burgh..the city that stays in your blood to hopefully open
up our own venue. West Texas is a lot different than what you
may think about Texas.. it's real south western.. it is sandwitched
between New Mexico and Old Mexico. It is weird but now I am
kind of returning to my Hispanic roots..Learning Spanish and
having a hard time understanding the bigotry down here. Hey,
joined the John Kerry campaign down here. Sure he is not the
perfect candidate, but he can get this country back on the right
path. Please vote and take your country back while you still
can! So from the cloudiest place (Seattle) to Sun City (El Paso)
all I can say for now is.. adois amigos!
AUGUST 2003 HEY HOWDY HOW ARE YOU LETTER!
US? Mrz. Z and I are doing mighty fine. The Pacific
Northwest Summer is breathtakingly gorgeous! And each day is
a real gem. WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO? Oh, Mr and Ms. Nosy...Plenty!
On the radio live on KAOS in Olympia, Doing a goofy weekly stageshow/dj
night at a large comedy club. Two boss bands. and still working
on a weird record review book.
So things out here are coming along very nicely.
We have made some close friends out here surprisingly quick
and doing alot of nifty things like 30 mile biking tours, kayaking
(which Julie says was originated in her homeland of Hungary..oh
really?) Our dog, Pepper has turned into a total hillbilly hound
out here..oy vey! My novelty business is doing super and keeping
me out of "real work". And for once, I am catching
up on little big projects I always say I will get to. Archiving
massive amounts of music. My pal, the record geek has been lending
me hundreds of rare 45's to compile. I finished my 15 CD MSR
song-poem music box set. I will have it for sale (or trade)
in a few months. Remastered all my AMAZING THRIFT MUSIC (a 10
year project) into 15 CD's also for sale (or trade) in a few
months. Taking time to practice my Upright Bass and torturing
the nieghborhood with Sax and Uke practicing. Learning how to
do webpages, digital music editing and artwork on my IMac.
That brings me back to doing artwork again. Thanks
to Matt from Portland, I do "pin-hole" photography.
It's like how they took pictures in the late 1800's. I then
dump them into the 'puter and graphically destroy them then
have them printed out on canvas. I will be posting some "Zombotography"
All in all, things are rather idyllic out here.
But, in all honesty, Pittsburgh is our real home. It is hard
to explain (or fathom). Our visits last July really solidified
all that. There is something about that city. The way the oddballs
are kings. Let's face it George Romero and Warhol are hometown
dieties. Nutty Locals are respected. The openmindedness and
generousity of the Club scene. The homestyle weirdness of WRCT
and City Paper. And of course, the many truly fine friendly
We have a grand plan for when we return.... ZOMBOWORLD!
Our own nightclub! We've some devilishly kooky ideas. You will
shit if we can pull off half of the nutty ideas we have. With
the friends and opportunities the city contains, it's a natural.
In closing, I guess, you can say PGH is a city
where you can afford your dreams.
Hope all is super for you, too...Drop me a line
yer pal Z
SEARCH OF HISTORIC ZOMBO
THE MADNESS NEVER ENDS.
Well, here I am in Pittsburgh and what a open , fun and warm
experience. I really have nothing negative to say about anything
here. You should think about moving here. One thing I found
out quickly is that you can do anything you want in this town.
In the year and a half I have been here. I have a successful
and befuddling radio show, a syndicated shortwave radio hour,
an over the top madcap superhero rock band, nearly a steady
full week's worth of great nightclub dj jobs (where I can play
anything!), book a weekly rock and bowl night, and a weekly
honky tonk music night. book big crazy events and manage to
have an extremely healthy and happy relationship. And own a
cool profitable side business. The kicker is it wasn't too difficult
to achive. Hope you don't think I am boasting, but anyone can
do it. Don't sell yourself short. All you have to do it find
fun and productive things you enjoy doing, and do them.If you
are lucky, it may even pay some bills!
So after all this...what next?
In April 2003, Julie and I move to Seattle. She landed a killer
job after completing her master's degreee. So hope thing's in
the Pacific Northwest are great. I have heard super things about
the area, so hope we can fit in. But plan on keeping ties in
PGH and Ohio. Visitng, playing with the bands, djing and what
have you whenever!
But for now, here's the nutty hijinx that I will attempt before
1. The Bowling Allies- an all instrumental surfy kind of bowling
band that will only be playing at the Asenal Lanes on Fridays
after the first of the year. Matching bowling shirts and all
bowling themed tunes. Pipelanes? Walk, don't run on your approach?
and a cd "10 Pin Hits" available then.
2.Zombo's afterhours party- an all night radio show on Saturday
night that will really be over the top.
3.More big events and big fun!
4. A Bollywood Going away party!
5.Watch my calendar of events for ?????
This is a wacky kind thing to put into words and if you are
reading this I guess you are bored or a potential stalker..Oh
Well..I began in standup comedy. Failed. Got in to Improv theater.
Written and Directed for Theater. Cool. Goofed around with Video.
Waste of Time. Got in to a Stand up Comedy Team and did that
for a job for quite a while.
Tried solo comedy. Failed. Started a Dj show on WAPS Akron 91.3
in 1992. Did that nearly a decade.
Started King Dapper Combo. It's still going strong after every
possible good and rotten thing that can happen to a band. Did
a stint with the Surfaholics. Real Blast. Formed the bizarre
Hillbilly Varmints that still do a gig now and then. Played
in Drifter, a loud instro band that most people hated. Put together
Ghengis Leprechan, a silly skiffle band for St. Paddy's day.
DJ ed live clubs. Annabelle's in Akron..did some seriously insane
nights there for very little compensation. DJed the swing craze
and made some fine moulah. I still pop back to Spy in Cleveland
every now and then. Through all this, I have created an interesting
way to DJ that folks find entertaining and befuddling.
THE HUMBLE MIDDLE PART
Moved to Pittsburgh and found a home in many ways.
Great wife. Acceptance for my radio show shenanigan on WRCT
88.3 FM. Got picked up for worldwide shortwave syndication on
WBCQ The Planet 7.415 Khz. Live Djing around the country. The
James Dean Gallery Rockabilly shows and the Philly Hotrod Hoedown
to name a couple..
Started the most outrageous musical act ever. The Legion of
The Incredibly Strange Superheroes. Superhero Retro Rock. Costumes
and a original sound. Doing all kinds of events and infiltrating
many avenues while running a successful side business manufacturing
party decorations for a nationwide distributor. Doing a collectors
record label. Life is something else.
Think about this. How much time do you waste watching TV, Movies
or Sports. If you can curb the amount of things you watch you
can increase the amount of things you do. Try to do things that
you find rewarding. I have and so can you. Life is what you
can make it. In this country, we are lucky enough to be able
to re-invent ourselves. I don't what to sound like a goof, but
what quality of life is being a full time spectator. If you
got this far check out my rant section.
is a little blast from the past lets take the Tour of Zombo's
old pad just a short romp in a day in the life Zombo!