Those Darn Accordions

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Those Darn Accordions are an American accordion band from San Francisco, California, originally formed in 1989. Their original songs cover a variety of musical genres—from rock and funk to polka and even swing. Their repertoire also includes occasional covers of popular songs. The band continues to tour across the United States.

The lineup has varied over the years. At present the members are accordionists Paul Rogers (frontman), Susie Davis, Carri Abrahms, and Suzanne Garramone, and Michael "the monster" Messer on drums and Lewis Wallace on bass guitar. Former members include Patty Brady, Bill Schwartz, Clyde Forsman (whose tattoos grace the covers of TDA's first two CDs), Big Lou (who founded the band in 1989, intending it as a one-night-only squeezebox stunt), Tom Torriglia, Art Peterson, Ron "The Filipino Elvis" Muriera, Ron "Riff" Borelli, and Chris Howard.

TDA discography[edit]

  • Vongole Fisarmonica (1992) Globe Records, GLO-009
  • Squeeze This! (1994) Flying Fish Records, FF 70627
  • No Strings Attached (1996) Globe Records, GLO-017
  • Clownhead (1999) Globe Records, GLO-022
  • Amped (2001) Globe Records, GLO-803
  • Lawnball (2004) Globe Records, GLO-031
  • Squeeze Machine (2007) Globe Records, GLO-036

TDA'S live TV appearances[edit]

  • "Donny & Marie," 2000
  • ABC "Good Morning America," news feature segments, 1999 & 1990
  • FX "Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular," 1999
  • KRON-TV "Bay Area Backroads," 1999
  • KPIX-TV "Evening Magazine," 1999
  • ABC "American Music Awards," 1998 - Performed on stage with Drew Carey & "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • "The Jerry Lewis MD Telethon," 1998
  • ABC "World News Now," live performances, 1997 & 1990
  • MTV "Oddville," 1997
  • WTTW-TV "Wild Chicago," 1997
  • WDJT-TV news feature segment, Milwaukee, 1997
  • "The Jim J & Tammy Faye Show," 1996
  • MTV "6th Annual Rock n' Jock Softball Challenge," 1995
  • KXAN-TV news feature segment, Austin, Texas, 1994
  • KRON-TV "Sports Final," San Francisco, 1992

Notable gigs[edit]

  • "The Drew Carey Show" and Walt Disney's "Geppetto" wrap parties, Hollywood, 1999, 1998
  • "Required Listening" at the Bottom Line, NYC (live broadcast WFUV-FM), 1995
  • South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas 1994
  • "West Coast Live," 1996 and "West Coast Weekend," 1993, 1991
  • Candlestick Park, San Francisco; 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Wrigley Field, Chicago, 1993
  • International Accordion Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1992
  • International Accordion Festival, Castelfidardo, Italy, 1990

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