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1313 Mockingbird Lane

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1313 Mockingbird Lane, an American garage rock band whose name was inspired by The Munsters TV Mansion address, was formed in the late 80’s in Albany, NY and prominently featured in Timothy Gassen’s definitive book on The Garage and Psychedelic Music Explosion,1980-1995 titled: The Knights Of Fuzz. Out of thousands of groups in the book, Gassen listed the band among such heavyweight garage acts as The Chesterfield Kings, The Lyres and Flamin Groovies in the all time Hot 100 list.

The original line up featured Haunted Hausmann (Guitar, Vocals), Kim (Organ), Robin Graves (Bass, Vocals), and Steve E. Luv (Drums). A debut single was produced on Scarab Records 1989 and titled “Hornets Nest b/w My Hearse Is Double Parked”. This initial single provided a showcase of super fuzzed guitar and bass, frantic farfisa and drums with equally scary and ghoulish vocal deliveries. The prominent lyrical themes of gloom and doom presented by the band were combined with a healthy dose of tongue in cheek humor not unlike any of the ridiculous scenarios presented by their television heroes The Munsters.

Drummer Steve E. Luv quickly departed and was replaced by former Link Wray Live In ‘85 drummer Marty Feier. The band’s second release: The Second Coming Of 1313 Mockingbird Lane 4 song EP (Scarab Records 1989) was voted by both The Schenectady Gazette and Albany NY’s Metroland Magazine as one of the “top local recordings of 1989” and was distributed internationally. This garnered some popularity for the group as far away as Sydney, Australia.

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