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The Dancing Cigarettes


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The Dancing Cigarettes, from Bloomington, Indiana, were a post-punk/new wave group that existed from 1979-1983. There were some lineup changes over that span, but typically the band consisted of singer/guitarist Michael Gitlin, bassist Emily Bonus,keyboardist and multi -instrumentalist Tim Noe, saxophonist Don Trubey, percussionist, synth player and vocalist Jaclyn Oddi, and drummer John Terrill. The band cannot be categorized very easily, as their quirky and frenetic sound mixes elements of garage punk, bouncy Devo-esque new wave, Beefheart-like avant-rock with dissonant squonky horns, and even aspects of atonal no-wave bands lilke DNA (for whom they opened). They recorded an EP for Gulcher Records in 1981. The EP and outtakes, as well as live recordings, were collected and released as a CD by Gulcher in 2002 under the title, The Gulcher Recordings: 1980-1981: The Dancing Cigarettes.


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