Flat Duo Jets

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Flat Duo Jets
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Dexter Romweber and Crow
Background information
Origin Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
Genres Rockabilly, punk blues, garage rock
Years active 1983–1999
Labels Norton Records
Outpost Recordings
Past members Dexter Romweber
Chris "Crow" Smith
Tone Mayer

Flat Duo Jets was an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. They were a major influence on several bands of the 1990s and 2000s, including The White Stripes. In interviews, Jack White (the White Stripes' lead singer and guitarist) has often acknowledged Dexter Romweber's influence.[1]

Their first album, Flat Duo Jets, was recorded direct to two tracks in a garage in the late 1980s but not released until early 1990, the same year in which the band opened for The Cramps on a national tour of the US.[2] Jim Dickinson produced their second LP, Go Go Harlem Baby. [3] Their ninth and last studio album, Lucky Eye, was their first major label release (Outpost Records). It was produced by Scott Litt, best known as a producer of R.E.M..

Singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber has pursued a solo career since the 1999 break up of the Flat Duo Jets and has toured with Cat Power, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Neko Case and others. His older sister, Sara Romweber, a founding member of Snatches of Pink, plays drums with her brother as the Dexter Romweber Duo.

The Flat Duo Jets' drummer, Crow Smith, resurfaced in 2005 with a debut solo album of his own. The bass guitarist, Tone Mayer, played with Romweber from 1979 and helped form an earlier band, The Kamikazees, in 1983. Mayer left the Duo Jets around 1990 to join The Chicken Wire Gang.

In 2008, nearly ten years after the band's demise, a live soundtrack to Two Headed Cow, a documentary film about Dexter and the Flat Duo Jets, was released.

Members[edit]

  • Dexter Romweber, guitar
  • Chris "Crow" Smith, drums
  • Griz "Tone" Mayer, bass guitar (1988–1990)

Discography[edit]

  • In Stereo (1985, Dolphin Records)
  • Flat Duo Jets (1990, Dog Gone Records)
  • Go Go Harlem Baby (1991, Sky Records)
  • Safari (1993, Norton Records)
  • White Trees (1993, Sky Records)
  • I'll Have A Merry Christmas Without You (1994, Norton Records)
  • Introducing the Flat Duo Jets (1995, Norton Records)
  • Dexmas 7"(1996, Permanent Records)
  • Jet Set 7" (1996, Norton Records)
  • Red Tango (1996, Norton Records)
  • Wild Blue Yonder (1998, Norton Records)
  • Lucky Eye (1998, Outpost Records)
  • Two Headed Cow (2008, Chicken Ranch Records)

Television and film appearances[edit]

Videos[edit]

  • Wild, Wild Lover (1990)
  • Radioactive Man (1993)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Denise (2004). The White Stripes: Sweethearts of the Blues. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-87930-805-2. 
  2. ^ Trucks, Rob (April 28, 2004), "White Blood Sells - The Fiery Half of the Flat Duo Jets , Dexter Romweber Broke in the Next Generation of Garage-Rocking Duos", City Paper (Baltimore, MD) 
  3. ^ Menconi, David (March 15, 1991), "One Dynamic Duo", The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC): Weekend section W3