ADOPTIONS OF THE WEEK
Critics doubt the merit of linking musical bands -- be they failed or non-failed -- with regions. One only has to look at the wonderful site STARS 4 IOWA, devoted to 'Central Iowa Bands,' to find compelling back up.
THE FBO ADOPTS THE WEBSITE DEVOTED TO CENTRAL IOWA BANDS
Whilst on a scouting trip for the feasibility of the Failed Bands of Oklahoma project in 2001, and simultaneously researching an (ultimately failed) project on heavy metal bands of the Central Time Zone, I stopped in Des Moines for a couple days, had some tasty tacos at a place called Tasty Tacos, and dropped by the only state capitol in the country to smell like fried chicken. I also made a call to Randy Van Hosen, leader of Des Moines' non-failed band THE ROZE BAND (listed on the site above), whom I had read about online previously. I spoke with Randy for an hour about their band, a heavy metalish band that has been playing over 20 years, and about what it was like when Ozzy bit off the head of a bat in Des Moines. 'I was there. We thought it was fake.'
Another band featured on our newly adopted site is THUNDER TEAZ, which includes a lengthy page of past members who've left the band.
THE FBO ADOPTS THE WEB PAGE THAT OUTLINES QUIT MEMBERS OF THUNDER TEAZ (click 'Teazers' to the left)
Previous members have left the band to become a pro golfer, computer software designer, a printer, a comic book artist, satellite dish sales, a chef, a Burlington Coat Factory clerk, a youth minister. Note that Kelly Starrett, an ex-member and founder of Monkey Finger, is a lead-singing drummer 'performing all over the rural areas of Iowa.'
All present members of Thunder Teaz have nicknames including Axe Man, Master of the Stratocaster, Seven, and Murftone.
The FBO applauds the state of Iowa's efforts -- compiling lists of quit members, grouping non-failed bands with a regional identity, performing rural areas (and snubbing urban ones) -- and will be looking ways to work with Iowa and Iowan bands in the future.
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