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DINOSAURS, THE "S/T" LP

DINOSAURS, THE "S/T" LP

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Restocked! The Dinosaurs were a garage-punk band that formed in St. Louis in 1978. Made up of misfits andoutsiders, they existed alongside but apart from the emerging punk rock movement. To recordcollectors, the Dinosaurs are the creators of the sought after Rock & Roll Moron 45, which the bandself-released in 1979. But to most patrons of underground culture around the Midwest, the Dinosaursare known as the starting point in the musical history of Bob Reuter, St. Louis D.I.Y. RenaissanceMan who gained regional success as a songwriter, radio DJ ( Bob s Scratchy Records ), lo-fiphotographer, and late-in-life author.Inspired by the new wave counterculture as much as the pop sensibilities it rebelled against, theDinosaurs played a mix of proto-punk and classic rock, delighting some while offending others.Consisting of four ne er-do-well city boys, the Dinosaurs were defiantly uncouth and had an explosiveenergy that mirrored the raw aggression of the forgotten, post-industrial Midwest city they calledhome. Alongside the catchy and compulsive songwriting of the band s founder, Bob Reuter, theDinosaurs became oddities in St. Louis growing punk scene. They made an initial splash as theweekend house band in a neighborhood dive bar playing for four hours a night. Their sets attracted amixed crowd of factory workers, freaks and oddballs who fell in love with the wild musicians and theunruly atmosphere their music created. After a few months and one too many violent incidents, theband was asked to move on. The Dinosaurs drifted from venue to venue around the St. Louismetropolitan area, bringing their small but rowdy and loyal following with them wherever they went. Attimes they were celebrated, but at other times their brazen attitudes brought them into conflict withthe rest of the scene. After a year and a half and one self-released 45, the band imploded on stageand went their separate ways.After the break up, the Dinosaurs were all but forgotten until Reuter came to local prominence as thefounder of Kamikaze Cowboy, an alt-country band who gigged alongside contemporaries like UncleTupelo. With his new spotlight and a penchant for story telling, Reuter spun the legend of theDinosaurs, claiming that they were St. Louis first and only punk band in the 70s. During this time,Reuter also gained significant notoriety for his vinyl only radio show and his lo-fi black & whitephotography that documented the desperation and ruin of life in St. Louis as well as the bohemianrock & roll culture that thrived in spite of the desolation. In the 2010s, Reuter fell in with a young groupof musicians at Big Muddy Records and formed the band Bob Reuter s Alley Ghost, who performedsome of the Dinosaurs songs and recaptured the energy of their proto-punk sound while introducingthe music to a new generation. Reuter toured regionally with Alley Ghost and released a criticallyacclaimed album, Born There before his death in 2013. He gathered a small cult followingthroughout the States and his admirers grew to include noteworthy rock & roll figures such as KimFowley and ? of the Mysterians.Now for the first time ever, twelve of the Dinosaurs finest homemade recordings from 1978 arepresented side by side on vinyl. The tracks have been remastered from the original audio tapes andpacked with expansive liner notes and photography on a 12" x 24" insert. The package also includesan additional ten tracks for download including two essential live recordings. BDR Records.

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