Human Sexual Response
was an American
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band formed in Boston, MA in 1978. The band broke up in 1982.
Formation and early years
Casey Cameron formed an all-kazoo band ("Kazoondheit") with her neighbors, among whom were Larry Bangor (aka Larry Soucy), Dini Lamot (brother of Larry and cousin to "Pecky" Lamot), and Windle Davis. The four became fast friends and soon formed an a cappella
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country-and-western band called Honey Bea and the Meadow Muffins, who played at parties and in the subway. Encouraged, the four decided to start a rock band.
Posting ads, the quartet met three musician/composers, drummer Malcolm Travis
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, guitarist Rich Gilbert, and bass player Rolfe Anderson. These seven became the original lineup of HSR, with Anderson being replaced on bass by Chris MacLachlan in 1980. Bangor was the main lead singer, though Lamot, Davis, and Cameron each sometimes sang lead. They named the band after the groundbreaking, and now classic, Masters and Johnson
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After MacLachlan joined the band, they recorded two full-length albums, Fig. 14
(1980) and In a Roman Mood
(1981), as well as 1981's Pound
EP. Their tune "Jackie Onassis", from Fig. 14
, got airplay beyond college radio, while other songs, such as "What Does Sex Mean to Me?" and "Land of the Glass Pinecones," had more of a cult success.
was a CD release in the 90's, and it contained all of Fig. 14
plus the song "Butt Fuck" that landed the band in hot water when they performed it on the live local overnight TV show Five All Night Live.
Human Sexual Response broke up in 1982. Casey dropped out of show business and worked as a content developer for Sun Microsystems
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in the Bay Area. She is the mother of Cameron Mesirow, who makes music as Glasser, originally based in Los Angeles, prior to her move to New York. Travis, Gilbert, Bangor and Maclachlan went on to form a band, The Zulus (a/k/a Wild Kingdom, a/k/a Screaming Mimis, a/k/a the Gospel Birds) and released a self-titled LP in 1985, and then Down On The Floor
in 1989. Malcolm Travis later played drums for Bob Mould
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's Sugar, and for Kustomized
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Rich Gilbert was a member of Concussion Ensemble, Country Bumpkins, a project band called Clown, Frank Black
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and the Catholics, played on four Tanya Donelly
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solo releases, and currently plays pedal steel with Thad Cockerell. Upon moving to Nashville, Tennessee, Gilbert has gone on to perform with such artists as Jen Jones, and Travis Mann, and is currently teamed with drummer Steve Latination, bassist Zack Shedd, and vocalist Meat Johnson to form the local power quartet Meat and Three. From 2001-2003 he formed the Blackstone Valley Sinners, based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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, with Slim Cessna of Slim Cessna's Auto Club
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and Gilbert's wife Judith-Ann.
Dini Lamot launched a new career as "Musty Chiffon." Aided by long-time partner Windle Davis, Lamot/Chiffon recorded a dance version of "Jackie Onassis" in 1999. The two now operate a bed and breakfast in Hudson, NY, and at one time a local theater offering entertainment ranging from puppetry to drag shows.
The band reunited for special Halloween shows in 1984 at Spit and 1986 at The Channel, a New Year's Eve show in December 1988 at the Paradise
, and recently on November 29, 2008 at Jason's Upstairs Bar in Hudson, NY.
- Fig 14 (1980)
- In a Roman Mood (1981)
- Pound (1981 - EP)
- Fig 15 (1992 - CD reissue of Fig. 14 LP with extra track)