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The Frogs

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Milwaukee, United States (1980 – present)

The Frogs were an American music band founded in 1980, in Milwaukee. Their songs have a strong bent, and history of controversy has dogged the band.

Centering around brothers Jimmy Flemion and Dennis Flemion, guitarist and drummer respectively, the Frogs added bassist Jay Tiller in 1983. That same year, Jimmy began wearing what was to become his trademark stage gimmick, a pair of six-foot bat wings. Although in their early days, the Frogs played mostly in coffeehouses, they soon developed a large following, due mostly to their fan-friendly shows. In 1988, the Frogs, ardent home-tapers, self-released their first album, in limited quantities. In that same year, Brian Hill joined the group as bassist.

These home tapes eventually reached Gerard Cosloy in 1989, then head of Homestead Records, who released a collection of 12 tracks under the title It’s Only Right and Natural. All but one of the tracks on the release supported the brothers’ claim that they were leaders in a new gay supremacy movement. The album was received with mixed reactions; some listeners were generally ecstatic, although others, who either disliked the subject matter, or misunderstood the concept, weren’t as enthusiastic.

In 1989, the Frogs produced a new album, called Racially Yours, with a cover of the brothers, one in whiteface, one in blackface. With pseudo-racially-charged songs, their label was unwilling to release it (although it was distributed freely by fans, and was finally released in 2000), and The Frogs’ further plans, for a live album, went unfulfilled, as labels they pursued all seemed to be suffering through bankruptcy and management problems.

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