Dustin Lanker

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Dustin Lanker
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Dustin Lanker playing with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies in 2010.
Background information
Born (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 37)
Origin Eugene, Oregon
Genres Rock, piano rock, swing, ska, ska punk
Occupations Musician
Instruments Keyboards, piano, vocals, organ
Years active 1997 – present
Associated acts Cherry Poppin' Daddies
The Visible Men
Mad Caddies
Ellwood

Dustin Ross Lanker (born October 7, 1976) is an American keyboardist, known for his work as a member of the ska-swing band the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the ska punk band the Mad Caddies, as well as the singer-songwriter for the piano rock trio The Visible Men.

Career[edit]

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

A pianist since childhood, Lanker joined the Cherry Poppin' Daddies in early 1997 at age 20, first recording on the supplemental tracks for their compilation album Zoot Suit Riot, including the eponymous single which would later serve as the band's commercial breakthrough. Lanker briefly left the Daddies at the height of their fame in October 1998, being replaced by Johnny Goetchius of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones before returning to the band in February 2000. Lanker officially left the band in early 2012, though was able to contribute a majority of the keyboard and piano tracks for the Daddies' 2013 studio album White Teeth, Black Thoughts before his departure.

The Visible Men

In 1999, Lanker and Daddies bassist Dan Schmid formed the Eugene-based piano rock trio The Visible Men with a number of different drummers, where Lanker acted as pianist, lead vocalist and songwriter. During the Daddies' hiatus in the early 2000s, Lanker and Schmid focused heavily on The Visible Men, recording two albums on the Leisure King Productions label and extensively touring the western half of the United States before going on hiatus themselves in 2007. The Visible Men played a one-off reunion show in November 2009, though there has been no official announcement as to whether the group will continue recording or performing in the future.

Mad Caddies and Ellwood

Lanker served as a touring keyboardist for the Northern Californian ska punk band the Mad Caddies for numerous years, as well as an occasional musical collaborator, having lent organ and partial songwriting credit to the Caddies' 2007 album Keep It Going. In 2013, Lanker was added to the band's line-up as an official member.

In 2009, Lanker joined Caddies frontman Chuck Robertson's reggae side project Ellwood. In 2011, Ellwood released their debut album Lost in Transition on Fat Wreck Chords, which was followed by brief touring in the UK and US.

Other projects

Lanker has performed with many local Oregon bands, including The Burning Members, 100% Chips, Dan Jones and the Squids, Yeltsin and Mood Area 52. In 1998, Lanker briefly served as a touring keyboardist for the newly reformed, Neville Staple-fronted incarnation of The Specials, accompanying the band on the 1998 Warped Tour, alongside the Daddies.[1]

In 2011, Lanker collaborated on a ragtime-styled soundtrack to a fetish film entitled Rubber Bordello with Fat Wreck Chords owner and NOFX frontman Fat Mike.[2] The soundtrack, credited to "Fat Mike and Dustin Lanker", was released on January 30, 2012. The film was nominated for eight awards at the 30th AVN Awards, including Best Music Soundtrack and Best Original Song ("She-donistic Society"), winning both of them as well as Best BDSM Release.[3][4]

Lanker is the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker.[5]

Discography[edit]

Cherry Poppin' Daddies[edit]

See: Cherry Poppin' Daddies discography for complete list of recordings

The Visible Men[edit]

Ellwood[edit]

  • Lost in Transition (2011) - keyboards, vocals

Miscellaneous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Visible Men "Love:30" Press Release, 2005.
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory (February 8, 2012). "NOFX's Fat Mike Releases Ragtime Soundtrack for Fetish Film". Exclaim!. 
  3. ^ "8 AVN Nominations for Rubber Bordello". www.rubberbordello.com. 
  4. ^ "AVN Awards - 2013 winners". 
  5. ^ Howlett, Philip G. Letter to the Editor Sports Illustrated. December 27, 1982.