Dead Freddie

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Dead Freddie

The origin of Dead Freddie reaches back to the late 1970’s, when American and UK Punk finally penetrated the Midwest US. The original line-up, called Dead Freddie Band, formed in 1979 on the southwest side of Chicago. The group played mainly original material, but was certainly influenced by the new Punk movement with the likes of the Sex Pistols, Ramones and Clash as well as by proto-punk artists such as Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, glam rock performers such as David Bowie and Roxy Music plus some classic rock by The Who, Rolling Stones, Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. Finally, the excellent Power-Pop groups of Chicago and the Midwest, such as Cheap Trick, Off Broadway USA, Pez Band and Loose Lips, were often seen in club settings, when the ID’s for minor-aged members worked. After a few years of frenetic activity, life changes and personal choices led to the band members drifting apart, with members moving away to places as far away as Germany and Detroit.
While the physical manifestation of Dead Freddie became fugitive after 1982, the faintly-glowing ember embodying the spirit of the music continued to smolder unextinguished.
The summer of 2011 brought back to life the idea that a physical manifestation of the music was set to come forth. The first reformation, called Dead Freddie and Friends, performed only once annually in 2012 and 2013 at multi-band fundraising concerts for a local youth organization. After a third edition of this fundraiser in 2014, when the name became Dead Freddie, the current line-up began to gel.
The autumn of 2015 brought together all the elements of what the group refers to as the “Punk Pop Phenomena”. On Drums and backing vocals: Gintas Buinevicius; on Bass Guitar and backing vocals: Nick Du Bois; On Guitar and backing vocals: Leonas Putrius; Lead vocals: Donatas Ramanauskas.
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