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In Music Commentary

A reunited, trio version of Nerve Twins. (Justin Engel photo.)

In Music Commentary

Milwaukee hip-hop star Coo Coo Cal, as seen on one of his 12" 45 sleeves.

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Goran Kralj of local modern rock stalwarts The Gufs.

100 more great Milwaukee music makers, part 2


A couple weeks ago, we unveiled the first part of this list of some Milwaukee-related musical greats. Like the first list, this one -- which also features some well-known names -- crossed genres and decades.

And, once again, the list in alphabetical order. The entries are not ranked in any other way -- they have all contributed to Milwaukee's great music scene in their own ways.

  1. Acrophet, metal band that launched the career of Rob Anthony
  2. Luther Allison, bluesman
  3. Michelle Anthony, alt.country singer now in Austin, Texas
  4. Louie Bashell, polka musician
  5. Beatallica, building a bridge between the Fab Four and Metallica
  6. Bender, hard rock band signed to TVT Records
  7. Big Bang Theory, flashy '80s pop rockers
  8. Eric Benet, r&b star
  9. Bon Ton Society, Milwaukee's Duran Duran
  10. Boy Dirt Car, Milwaukee noise pioneers
  11. Brewhaus Polka Kings, the name kinda says it all
  12. Peter Buffett, New Age pioneer
  13. The Buzzhorn, grunge outfit signed to Atlantic in 2001
  14. The Championship, rootsy alt.rockers
  15. Clit Boys, hardcore band with national buzz
  16. The Cocksmiths, lamented hard rock outfit
  17. Steve Cohen, blues harmonica player
  18. Colour Radio, Milwaukee's contribution to techno-pop, along with Dark Facade
  19. Coo Coo Cal, hip-hop godfather
  20. The Crusties, loud fast hardcore, with trumpet
  21. Danny Gokey, "American Idol" contestant
  22. Decapitado, lords of loud
  23. Chris DeMay, alt.country poet
  24. Stephanie Dosen, singer/songwriter now based in the UK, Massive Attack collaborator
  25. Down by Law, proto punk hip-hop
  26. The Exotics, surf kings
  27. Fever Marlene, acclaimed contemporary rock duo
  28. Terry Frank, blues guitarist
  29. The Frogs, quirky band adored by Eddie Vedder
  30. Frogwater, folk outfit featuring some of the best musicians in town
  31. The Good Luck Joes, made a splash during the last decade
  32. Bunky Green, jazz saxophonist
  33. Tom Green, beloved late Elvis impersonator and so much more
  34. Tommy Greywolf, fiddler and Brooks & Dunn sideman
  35. The Gufs, champions of the turn of the millennium rock scene
  36. Lee Hawkins, r&b singer turned Wall Street Journal reporter and CNBC on-air contributor
  37. Woody Herman, jazz clarinet legend
  38. Daniel Holter, producer, songwriter, musician
  39. Ice Mone, veteran rapper
  40. Jaill, signed to Sub Pop, label debut due in spring.
  41. Junior & the Classics, r&b band featuring Junior Brantley
  42. Kali Tribe, influential hip hop group
  43. Mary Karlzen, transplant with skills and credits
  44. Kevn Kinney, of Drivin N Cryin fame
  45. The Lackloves, globe-trotting power poppers
  46. Lil' Rev, ace guitarist
  47. Liquid Pink, '80s psychedelic trio
  48. Little Blue Crunchy Things, lit the all-ages scene on fire in the early '90s
  49. Les Lokey (aka LuLu), singer/songwriter
  50. The Love Monkeys, mix covers and originals and are ubiquitous
  51. The Lubricants, early adopters of punk
  52. Rico Love, rapper and r&b singer
  53. Mad Trucker Gone Mad, reunited psychobilly stalwarts
  54. Maritime, one of our best-known bands beyond our borders
  55. Pat McCurdy, witty singer/songwriter
  56. Melaniejane, cellist and singer/songwriter
  57. The Mighty Deer Lick, how to describe this '90s-era band?
  58. Mighty Joe Young, blues guitarist
  59. Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, Milwaukee's mandolin orchestra
  60. The Mistreaters, raucous punks
  61. Frank Morgan, jazz saxophonist
  62. Mortaskuld, Metal Blade Records band from Brew City
  63. Moxy Roxx, defined the local hair metal scene in the 1980s
  64. Mrs. Fun, quirky / artsy jazz
  65. Loey Nelson, sister of ex-mayor, released a fine disc on Warner Bros. in 1989
  66. Nerve Twins, one of the city's best rock bands in the '90s
  67. The New Loud, great new electronica rock outfit
  68. Donovan Owens, teen gospel singer
  69. Jon Paris, blues / rock guitarist
  70. Paris, Texas, local emo pioneers
  71. Justin Perkins, ace producer and current member of Screeching Weasel
  72. Pet Engine, late '90s/early '00s rock quartet
  73. Pezzettino, making bigger waves every day
  74. Punchdrunk, featuring Galen Polivka, now of The Hold Steady
  75. Realm, metal
  76. Riverwest Accordion Club
  77. David Robinson, reggae singer
  78. Jabbo Smith, jazz trumpeter
  79. The Spanic Boys, father son roots rock outfit that landed on SNL, thanks to Sinead
  80. Speech, fronted Arrested Development
  81. Ruby Starr, she's in the WAMI Hall of Fame, you know
  82. Hubert Sumlin, bluesman
  83. Sweetbottom, with Stuermer and Wiegratz
  84. Gary Tanin, of Otto & the Elevators and Xpensive Dogs, also a producer
  85. Taste Emcees, hip-hop pioneers
  86. Temper Temper, 2000s dance punks
  87. Tense Experts, groundbreaking local goth band
  88. Those XCleavers, new wave favorites
  89. Lightning & Thunder, the inimitable duo
  90. Trance and Dance Band, Jerry 4TA's band that first matched Ritchie with DeLorenzo
  91. Trolley, power pop outfit linked to The Nice Outfit
  92. The Tygers, '60s band signed to A&M
  93. US Project, a revolving door of Milwaukee talent
  94. Voot Warnings, a singular personality and local musician
  95. Warp Drive, '80s metal band
  96. Western Box Turtles, western swing masters
  97. The Wigs, power pop band that left Brew City for L.A. in the early '80s
  98. Women's Liberace, predecessor of the also fine Falling Wallendas
  99. Wreck, joined the Wax Trax stable and moved to Chicago
  100. Yipes!, which spawned Pat McCurdy and Mike Hoffman

Talkbacks

SUNTECHSAM | Dec. 27, 2011 at 7:35 p.m. (report)

I think that Paul Stefen & The Royal Lancers should be included on this list. Their version of I Fought The Law was #1 in Milwaukee in the summer of 1962, they were on the cover of the Sunday Picture Journal on 10/21/62 and they appeared on WTMJ's "12 To 20" television show on several occasions.

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johnnylove | April 28, 2010 at 10:07 p.m. (report)

You seem to have forgotten BOLT UPRIGHT. I was a member of that band, and five kids from Milwaukee moved to Los Angeles in the late 90's with nothing, got signed by SONY 550, released a major label album, and toured with KID ROCK, STAIND, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and many others. Everybody in the crew has major film and television production credits. How about some love! Check out our album RED CARPET SINDROME and recognize that we did some shit that very few of the bands on your list did, and we all grew up in Milwaukee. DJ JOHNNYLOVE

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glm100 | April 25, 2010 at 2:00 a.m. (report)

The Skunks, recorded Elvira in the 60's before The Oak Ridge Boys, were ever heard of.

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dukefame | Feb. 16, 2010 at 9:29 a.m. (report)

Blake 7 played as many covers as a "cover" band. They used to cover pretty much the entire Listen Like Thieves album back in 1986. That being said, they did have quite a following and Bill Brunke as Nick Rhodes.

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CoolerKing | Feb. 15, 2010 at 7:04 a.m. (report)

One musician to definitely mention is the late Jim Spencer. Molly had interviewed his daughter Heidi (also a talented musician) a few years ago. Jim Spencer did some great music in the folk/psych vein back in the 70's. Aside from his own records, his band Major Arcana (which included Sigmund Snopek) released one album which is highly valued by collectors.

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