The Untamed Youth

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The Untamed Youth were a mid-1980s garage rock group from Columbia, MO, led by Deke Dickerson, who is best known as the frontman for Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics. Original members (1986) were Deke Dickerson, Steve Mace, Doug Walker and Joel Trueblood (Alcohol Funnycar, Neko Case). The Untamed Youth first performed in Columbia at local club The Blue Note in January 1987, and quickly started playing locations throughout the United States between the years 1988–1993. The group disbanded in August 1993, but later reformed for a European tour in 1996 and to record two studio albums for both the Estrus and Norton labels in 1997 and 1998 respectively. The Youth were primarily a surf/frat rock band known for their wild stage antics such as spraying the audience with cans of beer and for their self-deprecating sense of humor (most notably to be found on their last album for Norton, 'Youth Runs Wild'). All this, while holding a true reverence for their influences… ”the gods whose grooves they hammer home are the stars on a hundred forgotten 45's, their sacred texts 'Surfin Hearse and 'Go Go Ferrari'. They're best live, but their Nineties LPs 'Some Kinda Fun' and More Gone Gassers (Norton) surge with power; do not run other appliances when playing these in your home”.[1] While their live shows were generally hard-edged, their albums are notably well-produced and arranged particularly their early Norton work, which was produced by Billy Miller of Norton Records and Andy Shernoff of The Dictators. These early Norton albums “capture(d) the supercharged atmosphere created whenever the Untamed Youth filled a teen club or tavern”.[2] Despite considerable local success and strong critical acclaim (including album reviews in Goldmine, Alternative Press, and Maximum Rock & Roll), the band followed many of their garage rock brethren into obscurity due to the (at the time) limited appeal of 1960’s retro music. However, as has often been the case with bands of this genre, the Youth gradually acquired a cult status as is evidenced by their reuniting recently for festivals in both the U.S. and Europe. The band's first albums, "Some Kinda Fun" and "More Gone Gassers" are now highly sought after collector’s items on vinyl.

Band Members By Album[edit]

1988-Some Kinda Fun

  • Derek Dickerson-guitar/lead vocals
  • Steve Mace-bass guitar/vocals
  • Chris Fletcher-organ/vocals
  • F. Clarke Marty-drums/vocals

1990-More Gone Gassers From... The Untamed Youth

  • Derek Dickerson-Guitars/Sax (on Beach Party)/lead vocals
  • Steve Mace-bass guitar/vocals
  • Steve Rager-organ/vocals
  • F. Clarke Marty-drums/vocals

1992-The Untamed Youth ... Are The Sophisticated International Playboys

  • Derek Dickerson-Guitars/lead vocals
  • Steve Mace-bass guitar/vocals
  • Steve Rager-organ/vocals
  • Bobby Lloyd Hicks-drums/backing vocals

1994- "The Untamed Youth" - EP

  • Derek Dickerson-Guitars/lead vocals
  • Steve Mace-bass guitar/vocals
  • Doug Walker- organ/vocals
  • Joel Trueblood- drums

1997- "An Invitation to Planet Mace"

  • Derek Dickerson- "Guitars/lead vocals"
  • Steve Mace- "bass guitar/vocals"
  • Steve Rager- "organ/vocals"
  • Joel Trueblood- "drums"

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Too Cool” by Gene Sculatti St. Martin’s Press c. 1993
  2. ^ “Trouser Press Record Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Alternative Music” The Fourth Edition by Ira Robbins Macmillan Publishing Co. c. 1991

Discography[edit]

  • 1988 - Some Kinda Fun - Norton
  • 1990 - More Gone Gassers from the Untamed Youth - Norton
  • 1992 - ... Are The Sophisticated International Playboys (Norton Records)
  • 1995 - Live from Fabulous Las Vegas Strip - Estrus
  • 1997 - An Invitation to Planet Mace - Estrus
  • 1998 - Youth Runs Wild - Norton
  • 2002 - Major Chaos! - Double Crown Records

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