Dandelion (band)

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Origin United States Philadelphia, PA
Genres Alternative rock
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Years active 19891996
Labels Ruffhouse Records
Associated acts Shag
The Hells
The Cobbs
The Hell Yeahs
Website MySpace:Dandelion
Past members Kevin Morpurgo
Mike Morpurgo
Carl Hinds
Dante Cimino
Bayen Butler (1993-1994)

Dandelion was a grunge band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania formed in 1989 by vocalist/guitarist Kevin Morpurgo, bassist Mike Morpurgo, guitarist Carl Hinds, and drummer Dante Cimino. Bayen Butler was also a member in 1993-94.


The band's name is said to have been inspired by the Rolling Stones song "Dandelion."[citation needed] In 1990, Dandelion recorded a demo tape called Silver that was reviewed by CMJ magazine and received a Jackpot pick, being only the second demo to receive that honor.[citation needed] The tape attracted the attention of Ruffhouse Records, a label based in nearby Conshohocken and home to various hip-hop groups like The Goats, Cypress Hill, Schoolly D, and The Fugees. The song "Waiting for a Ride" was released as a single the following year. They also released two full length albums: I Think I'm Gonna Be Sick (Columbia/Ruffhouse) in 1993, and Dyslexicon (Sony) in 1995. Bayen Butler left the band before the release of Dyslexicon and formed the band Shag.

Dandelion's music was featured on MTV, as videos for the songs "Waiting for a Ride", "Under My Skin", and "Weird-Out" entered late night rotation. The band's music was also featured on MTV shows The Real World and Beavis & Butt-head, as well as the Edward Furlong movie Brainscan. However, national fame eluded the band as their albums were released during the time of grunge's decline in popularity. Dandelion disbanded in 1996.

In 1997, Kevin Morpurgo joined another Philadelphia band, Latimer, on second guitar. In 2000, he moved to London, England to form a bassless power trio called The Hells.[citation needed] Mike Morpurgo, after working on the soundtrack of Abel Ferrara's 1998 film New Rose Hotel, played bass for The Cobbs and Loog. He formed his own band Laguardia in 2000 and is also the owner of three franchises of School of Rock in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.[citation needed] Carl Hinds moved to Portland, Oregon and formed the bands Blackheart Whitenoise and The Hell Yeahs.[citation needed] Dante Cimino formed a project called Rudy & Blitz with Chad Ginsberg of CKY, which recorded an unreleased album. Cimino has also recorded three albums with the surf/rockabilly band Custom D.[citation needed]

Both the Morpurgo brothers graduated from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA. Most likely in 1986 or 1987.

Charted songs[edit]

Title Chart Album
Hot 100 Modern rock Mainstream rock Singles
1995 "Weird-Out" 14 36 Dyslexicon


Silver (Demo) (1991)
Waiting For A Ride (Single) (1992)
Diggin' a Hole (Single) (1993)
I Think I'm Gonna Be Sick (1993)
Under My Skin (Single) (1993)
Dyslexicon (1995)
Rarities: There Is Some Fun (box set, 1995)