The Deluxtone Rockets
are a band from Muskegon
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 38,401. The city is the county seat of Muskegon County...
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. They began as a punk band, but by the time of their signing to Tooth & Nail Records
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they had evolved into a swing revival
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Their first album, which was self titled, was produced by Gene Eugene
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and Dennis Danell
Dennis Eric Danell was the founding guitarist for the Southern California punk rock band Social Distortion.Danell formed Social Distortion in 1979 with frontman Mike Ness while attending high school together...
. They wrote their own songs, and their musical style and lyrics were often compared to The W's
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, but John Brown's lead vocals were likened to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
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' Dicky Barrett
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or The Reverend Horton Heat
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In their second album, Green Room Blues, the group dropped the horn section entirely and shifted to a rockabilly
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sound. The albums title reflects the fact that both Eugene and Danell died in early 2000, during production of the album. Though Danell had not been involved in the production, Eugene had been, and was replaced by Chris Colbert. The album has a darker mood than their debut effort, though its lyrics still reflect the faith of John Brown. The album also contained a cover of The Cure
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2000 was gererally reported as a bad year for the band; they were unable to play shows regularly because in addition to recording difficulties, their drummer left. They were able to get Rodney from the Calicoes to fill in occasionally, and thus played at Cornerstone and other festivals. Also, one night their van caught fire and was totaled, though they still managed to play that night.
They are known for setting their trumpets on fire during live performances.
According to the band's MySpace, The Deluxtone Rockets reformed in spring of 2008 and are working on new material.
- 1999: The Deluxtone Rockets
The Deluxtone Rockets is the eponymous debut album from Michigan rockabilly band The Deluxtone Rockets. Musically the album has been described as swing music filtered through punk, sometimes achieveing a middle ground between surf and 1950s rockabilly...
- 2001: Green Room Blues
Green Room Blues is the second and final album from Michigan rockabilly band The Deluxtone Rockets. Musically the album changes the bands' direction from swing to rockabilly and winds up sounding, according to CCM magazine, something like "Johnny Cash head butting with Buddy Holly" HM went further,...
- 1999: Happy Christmas volume 2 (Compilation, BEC
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- 2009: New Material Demo
- John Brown - Lead Vocals, Guitar
- Jimmy Van Boxel - Upright Bass, BGV's
- Jacob Dykema - Tenor Sax, Vocals
- Richard Mittwede - Trombone, BGV's
- Jason Sorn - Drums
- Tim Harvell - Trumpet, BGV's
- John Brown - Lead Vocals, Guitar
- Jason Sorn - Drums
- Harley Obzut - Bass
- Dusty Bottoms - Guitar
- [ The Deluxtone Rockets] at Allmusic