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The Laughing Dogs first became popular in the CBGBs Punk/New Wave scene. This energetic group has two albums on Columbia Records, “The Laughing Dogs” and “The Laughing Dogs Meet Their Makers”, songs on Atlantic Records’ “Live at CBGB’s: The Home of Underground Rock” CD and Sony’s “Punky But Chic . . . The American New Wave Scene”, and many indie CDs. The two Columbia albums have been reissued on CD in 2009 by American Beat Records.

Members of the group: James Leonard Accardi - lead guitar, vocals; Ronny Carle Altaville - bass, vocals; Skip Reed - drums; Moe Potts - drums; Carter Cathcart - keyboards, guitar, vocals.

One writer describes The Laughing Dogs: “Take Revolver-era Beatles, Steely Dan, and the Rascals, put ‘em in a blender—-and do NOT skimp on the garlic and onions.” - Mike Fornatale

The Laughing Dogs first became popular at CBGB’s in New York and went on to release two critically-acclaimed albums on Columbia Records, The Laughing Dogs and The Laughing Dogs Meet Their Makers. Known for being musician’s musicians, The Laughing Dogs have had songs in the Billboard picks and toured extensively with The Patti Smith Group, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. They toured as the band behind the popular voices of Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones of The Monkees. Most of the songs are written by songwriting team Ronny Carle / James Leonard, with occasional contributions from Carter Cathcart. The band members lived together very frugally in a loft in Brooklyn where they totally immersed themselves in music, rehearsing hours every day for many months. They got their first break when the band Television recommended them to Hilly Kristal and they began playing their original music at CBGB’s.


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  • theofficle

    S/T rocks, one of the best records no one has ever heard of!

    9 Jun 2008 Reply

    Hey! What's all this I hear about the Laughing Dogs playing together next month at the Village Underground? That's just too good to be true! What an opportunity! They don't make bands like this anymore. Laughing Dogs? Long time no vidi! Just one thing: a million doesn't buy all that much anymore. So now that song should be called "I Need A Billion". See you all there on the 24th!

    25 May 2008 Reply
  • cctunes1

    Hey! This place looks like a good place to hang out. It's amazing to see all these people digging the band. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on June 24th at the Village Underground! CC

    24 May 2008 Reply
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  • jimmiaccardi

    Hey, I hear LDs will be in NYC soon!

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
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