Posts Tagged ‘dog people’

Party like it’s 1978: The Debs reunite for one night only

July 29, 2009
The Debs

The Debs

All-girl rock bands are something of a rarity, though it’s not an idea without some history. Locally we most recently had The Faceshots to hold up as the scene’s resident feminine punksters, but it turns out the band has a foremother in Springfield. In the late ’70s The Debs produced their own take on the poppy, more fun punk style popularized at the time by The Ramones (though apparently swapping the early rock ‘n’ roll influences for more of a mid-’60s girl group overtone) and toured throughout the Midwest at its peak before disbanding. The band sounded like a reflection of its time, slightly nostalgic and fun-loving and appropriately garage-band low-fi without any of the aggression that would become associated with punk with the rise of hardcore.

The local music climate seems right for a reunion, however, with other bands of the era such as Fools Face and The Dog People playing to packed crowds this past winter after some time off.  Now The Debs are back with a show at The Outland Ballroom August 15 to relive old times and give present-day music fans the chance to see how it was done before they came along. Are the late ’70s/early ’80s back in local music?


The Dog People, explained

December 10, 2008

When we said, "Dog People," that wasn't what we had in mind.

When we said, "Dog People," that wasn't what we had in mind.

It occurred to us with all the talk of long-lost Springfield bands reuniting that some of the readers may not know who these groups are. Well, we’re betting people in the Springfield music community have at least a vague idea who Fools Face is (or can still see video of them at their peak), so we thought in this case we would concentrate on the more forgotten fave: The Dog People. Luckily, we bumped into Alan Pierson (formerly of the Crabapples), who supplied us with a breakdown of all the information relevant to the band. If you’ve never heard (or heard of) the group, you may find it instructional. It follows after the break.