Ladies and Gentlemen: we present for your listening pleasure — worker's rock and roll — The Haskels — Unsung heroes of Milwaukee's original punk era.
Hearing this artifact of the original Midwest first-wave punk era is akin to finding a treasure buried amongst shards of glass in the sands of time. Meticulously restored from the original, never-before-mixed master tapes, The Haskels lost studio album, recorded on one cold October day in 1979 at Milwaukee's soon-to-close Solar Studios, should set the record straight on perhaps the most important lost gem of the era birthed from the Midwest, US, or otherwise worldwide.
Their sound was a combination melded from the roots/glam/Detroit-inspired, naive retro pop sound of godfather/scenester Presley Haskel and Richard LaValliere's surreal dream-based narrative genius compositions, fleshed out by Gerard LaValliere's precise guitar attack and Guy Hoffman's unorthodox but dance-inducing beats. The band's chops as well as their charisma carried the day, as they filled clubs and held court at the Haskel Hotel, their headquarters in the run-down Brady Street area of Milwaukee's lower East side.
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Clancy Carroll is a musician, Splunge Communications Inc record label owner and music writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His past bands including Ozone, the Ones, the Dominoes, the Clancy Carroll Band, 3 On Fire, c2, and AlNiCo have released numerous 45s, EPs, CDs, and compilation tracks. As King and CEO of Splunge Communications, Inc., he has released records by the likes of the Prosecutors, Triple Forbidden Taboo, Wanda Chrome and the Leather Pharaohs and Fuckface, as well as the double-CD compilation History in 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982. Carroll has written record reviews, reviewed live shows and conducted interviews for Autonomy, Milwaukee’s first punk fanzine; Express; and Milk magazine, in which “Clancy’s Kookie Corner” was a reader’s favorite.
Jeff Menz is a musician / designer based in Milwaukee, WI. His past bands include Remnants, C.I.A. (Cast in Action), The Tambours, Kafka, Among Thorns, Fourth Live Mission, and Morgana's Charm. He has worked on marketing, design and managing music projects with Clancy Carroll for over 20 years, beginning in 1999, when History in 3 Chords (SPL-014/015) was just an idea, and numerous Splunge Communications, Inc projects since then. Outside of his work with Clancy Carroll, he has completed other marketing, design and mastering projects with a focus on Milwaukee music.