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jebreject
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« on: Jul 09, 2012, 11:47:11 PM »

I'm  sad.

 http://lineout.thestranger.com/lineout/archives/2012/07/09/frogs-drummer-dennis-flemion-missing-presumed-dead
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 10, 2012, 12:16:20 AM »

bummer
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jebreject
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 10, 2012, 08:55:42 AM »

Seriously.
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narlus
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 10, 2012, 10:19:32 AM »

terrible.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 10, 2012, 11:34:58 AM »

aw shit  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 10, 2012, 02:14:40 PM »

There's a really touching eulogy at the Matador Records blog, here.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 10, 2012, 02:30:56 PM »

I can say this about Dennis: he's the only drummer who's ever invited me onstage to play drums with him during a performance. There were several of us up there, rocking back and forth and singing We Are the World. Suddenly, he's pressing his drumsticks into my hands and gesturing at his kit, so I go back there and play through the rest of the song while he continues singing. After the song was over, I tried to give him back his sticks, but he insisted I keep them!

Awesome dude.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 11, 2012, 02:41:31 PM »

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/body-of-musician-flemion-recovered-from-wind-lake-ka632es-162023705.html
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 11, 2012, 04:46:58 PM »

Looking forward to listening to one of their two new albums on the drive home today.

Here's a photo I just scanned of Dennis at that wonderful 40 Watt show:

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 11, 2012, 04:57:06 PM »

Gahh

Quote from: Jimmy Flemion
Dennis Flemion 06/06/1955 - 07/07/2012

Thank you all for your generous, kind words, thoughts and gestures. Dennis would or if you believe he is witnessing this at this moment is so grateful for the outpouring show of love and support bestowed upon him. Right now I'm thinking in my head that everyone is expecting me to say something or say it just right. The reason I have been delaying this is because I am so aware of Dennis and what he would think and how everything we did had to be the best and up to his standards and how he wanted me to be the best and I've never wanted to let him down, I always did and gave him my best and wanted to please him. So Dennis, I hope you're alright with this. Dennis was the most kind, sensitive and giving soul. He among all was unquestionably a true uncompromising artist, a visionary who instinctively understood greatness. A genius whose and art must and will be remembered. A perfectionist whose sole purpose was lasting beauty. Of everyone imaginable in this life I was given the precious gift to learn at his feet. I have to stop for a second because my hands are shaking so much as I type this and I can't see because of the tears. As my older brother, I looked up to him and followed for I was certain he knew the way. I now know that true now more than ever. In numerology we were both number 5's on the same life path, that being said, our bond can never be broken. As he taught me on this side of the veil, he now continues to teach me. He suggested I play guitar, he must have known what our destiny was. By introducing me to music, it opened up my heart, making me express myself through song and expanded my life immensely and made all the joys and wonders of this world possible. He was the leader, the manager, the booking agent, the artwork designer, the producer, a painter, a photographer, the archivist, a keyboardist, a drummer, a singer, a songwriter, an entertainer, he was everything. He was a son, a brother, a husband and a friend to all. He was a Gemini whose creativity and perpetual thoughts had no other choice but to be expressed. Everything about him was real. He always stood his ground. He protected me and looked after me. In one of our last conversations, I told him, I only want the best for you and he said he wanted the best for me. He wanted so to be accepted, to be included, to be recognized for his extraordinary talents. It was and never has been a conscious decision to be an outsider or viewed as one. He and I both knew the greatness of what we created, we didn't have to talk about it and it made him so mad that we still hadn't or haven't made it. He would go off on the people, bands, "stars" with minimal talents who had gotten their day in the sun. He would always ask God why or what do we have to do. 45 years later since the first time he played the organ in 1967, he still kept trying and never ever gave up. He was an original with a capital O. He was so passionate about life and gave everything he had to music. He was a giver who gave presents to everyone. He loved to talk and anyone who ever met him knows that he could talk their head off. He knew his faults and could easily point out other's flaws unapologetically. He didn't censor himself. He was bored with ordinary, never desired to copy anyone or be like anyone and he knew there had to be more to life than all of this. He was wise beyond belief. It gives me so much pleasure to know that in his last days that he was the happiest he had ever been in his life. He had so much pride that his 2 beautiful children had just graduated from college, our 2 albums had just come out and he was so happy spending time together going places with his wife. He once told my wife that he was the night watchman, the man in the light tower. He had to be the one who took care of everything and everyone, and he would be the last one to turn out the light. On July 3rd, a veteran from Minnesota stopped me on the street and gave me a pin of a man in a boat with a light tower no mere coincidence, it was a sign. The album titles were his. The 2 new albums release dates were pushed back time after time. He had the album titles for years. I know there is a reason for the timing that something bigger than all of us is guiding this moment. Count Yer Blessingsz, it's his message to the world. Appreciate. Dennis will always be inside me forever. It is my duty and obligation to uphold his legacy and shout it from the highest mountains how proud I am of his achievements and let the universe know how much I love him. Dennis was and wasn't complicated. He never stopped creating and there is so much more music and art that he left for us no one has ever heard or seen. Once again the timing of the 2 new albums "Count Yer Blessingsz" A.K.A. "The Sad lp". He wouldn't ever want anyone to be sad. He brought so much beauty and joy and laughter. My wish for you all is to celebrate his life and in his words, count yer blessings.
Love and Blessingsz, Jimmy
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jebreject
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 11, 2012, 06:47:00 PM »

Do you have a link to that?
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 11, 2012, 06:48:55 PM »

http://leavemealoneplease.tumblr.com/post/26917176303/dennis-flemion-06-06-1955-07-07-2012-thank-you
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davy
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 11, 2012, 09:22:36 PM »

He also posted it on their FB page.

And by the way, Count Your Blessingsz is awesome.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 11, 2012, 11:09:06 PM »

And by the way, Count Your Blessingsz is awesome.

was coming here to post the same sentiment. bought it and played it four times today.

tomorrow, the other new one...
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narlus
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 12, 2012, 11:02:46 AM »

i gotta get those.
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davy
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 12, 2012, 11:07:22 AM »

A nice piece over at The L Magazine:

Quote from: Jeff Klingman
Frogs' songs typically featured great, if mocking, British folk/psych melodies. The evident bigness in them was undercut by minimal recording tactics and lyrics including hilariously over-the-top gay sex scenarios or purposely outrageous riffs on race. Often, their albums sounded like the spontaneous work of people who were amazingly, naturally funny. Tom Scharpling began last night's The Best Show on WFMU, with a well-curated sampler of The Frogs' music including album tracks and rare live recordings. It's as succinct an introduction to the band as you're likely to find, and the most gentle, given it was clean enough to play on the radio. In the brief eulogy for the band that follows, Scharpling neatly describes their appeal. As performers, they were never afraid to will their late-night, gut-busting private jokes to the world with no significant filter or second thought to future embarrassment.

article link: Listening to The Frogs in 2012
WFMU archive link: http://wfmu.org/playlists/BS/
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davy
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 12, 2012, 11:25:28 AM »

Watching all those youtube clips, it occurs to me: if somebody with some talent and connections would get the ball rolling, The Frogs could release the most satisfying rockumentary in the history of the world.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 18, 2012, 05:53:19 PM »

Guys, I'm not even being sentimental...both of the new Frogs albums are SO GOOD.



Like...among their best recordings ever.
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 18, 2012, 07:13:39 PM »

definitely need to pick those up asap
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 28, 2012, 10:27:12 PM »

http://youtu.be/09_7fOgIMAk
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 30, 2012, 06:33:24 PM »

LOVE that.
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jebreject
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« Reply #21 on: Aug 30, 2012, 06:54:02 PM »

I can't even front, that shit made me cry.
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