Don Fleming (musician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Don Fleming
Don Fleming.PNG
Don Fleming in 2009
Background information
Birth name Donald Gene Fleming
Occupation(s) Musician
Labels Thick Syrup
Associated acts Velvet Monkeys, B.A.L.L., Gumball, Dim Stars, Half Japanese, The Backbeat Band

Donald Gene "Don" Fleming (born September 25, 1957 in Valdosta, Georgia) is an American musician, best known for being the frontman of Velvet Monkeys, B.A.L.L., and Gumball.


Fleming started his musical career with the Velvet Monkeys in the early '80s. In July 1982 the band released their debut Everything is Right on cassette tape.[1] This album was re-released in 2011 on cd.

He was also a member of Dim Stars and Half Japanese. He is more widely known as a record producer for Sonic Youth, Hole, Teenage Fanclub, and The Posies.

He played in the project Foot with Thurston Moore and Jimbo (aka Jim Dunbar).[2] And in Walter Sears with Tom Smith, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Sean Lennon, Jim Dunbar and Rat Bastard.

With Julia Cafritz, Kim Rancourt, Joe Defilipps and Tom Smith he played in Gravy.

The Backbeat Band was a band formed in 1994 consisting of Greg Dulli (Vocals), Don Fleming (Guitar, vocals), Dave Grohl (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass, vocals), Thurston Moore (Guitar), Dave Pirner (Vocals). Idlewild was a 1992 band with Kim Rancourt (Vocals), Don Fleming (Guitar, bass, organ) and Jay Spiegel (Drums) in the line up.

Global Jukebox project[edit]

Fleming serves as executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity where he has spent 20 years working on the conservation and publication of the musical collection of Alan Lomax.[3]


All Velvet Monkeys, B.A.L.L., Gumball albums are not included in the following list.


  • Because Tomorrow Comes, 7, 1996
  • jojo ASS RUNne CD (All instr, producer) God Bless Records 98
  • Because Tomorrow Comes CD-3
  • "Real Cool Time" b/w "What Can I Do?," Monopoly 12" Blue Vinyl Iridescence 86
  • Don Fleming 4, cd, 2011 Thick Syrup Records

With Bands[edit]

  • Foot CD Godbless 10-98
  • Jeg Gelder Meg Til Ur 2000 CD Compilation "Armageddon" Universal 99
Walter Sears
  • Walter Sears - Fringe Benefits, 1999
  • Gravy- After That It's All Gravy
Thurston Moore & Don Fleming
  • Telstar 7" silver glitter vinyl w/ postcard Via Satellite Recordings 4/97
The Backbeat Band
  • Backbeat Music from the Motion Picture CD, LP, CS Virgin Records 94
  • Please Mr. Postman CD-3 Virgin 94
  • Money CD-3 Virgin 94
  • Delicacy & Nourishment Vol. 3 performing "Third Month March" CD Comp ESD 92
Tom Smith/Don Fleming
  • Gin Blossoms CD-5, 7" Seminal Twang 91
Dinosaur Jr
Citizen 23
  • No Room to Dance Compilation LP includes "American Neutron", Twilight Zone" Blue Wave 1980
Stroke Band
  • Green and Yellow LP Abacus Records 1978


  1. ^ "Instant Mayhem". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Foot". Instant Mayhem. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  3. ^ Rohta, Larry (January 30, 2013). "Folklorist’s Global Jukebox Goes Digital". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 

External links[edit]