Dow Jones and the Industrials

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Dow Jones and the Industrials
Origin West Lafayette, Indiana
Genres New wave, post-punk
Years active 1979-1981
Labels Family Vineyard, Gulcher Records, Hardly Music
Associated acts Tone Set, Pointless
Past members Brad Garton
Chris Clark
Greg Horn
Tim North
Jenny Sweeny

Dow Jones and the Industrials were a new wave band from West Lafayette, Indiana from 1979 until 1981. During this time, they released a split LP with The Gizmos, entitled "Hoosier Hysteria", and a self-titled 7" EP, both released in the year 1980 alone.[1] A track of theirs, "Ladies With Appliances", was also featured on the "Red Snerts" compilation.

Originally, the band consisted of Greg Horn on guitar and vocals, Chris Clark on bass and vocals, Tim North on drums, and Brad Garton (known by his nickname as "Mr. Science") on keyboards. The use of the keyboard, and the band's flirtation with electronic sounds, meant that Dow Jones and the Industrials hinted towards the post-punk sound of bands that would follow them.

In 1981, the band's track "Ladies With Appliances" was featured on the Red Snerts compilation released by Gulcher Records. By this time, Chris Clark had left, to be replaced by Jenny Sweeny on bass. Brad Garton had also left the group. He appeared as "Mr. Science" on the compilation, contributing a track entitled "Mr. Science".

After the demise of Dow Jones and the Industrials, Greg Horn went on to form the synth-pop band Tone Set with Galen Herod. During the years 1983 to 1990, he also released two solo cassettes, both in a similar stylistic vein as that of Tone Set. He has also released material under the name Pointless, produced music for Japanese TV commercials, and for Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle".

In 2016, Family Vineyard issued the discography compilation album Can't Stand the Midwest, which collects the entirety of their Hoosier Hysteria and Dow Jones and the Industrials records, as well as previously unreleased demo and live material.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Hoosier Hysteria split LP with the Gizmos (1980, Gulcher Records)
  • Dow Jones and the Industrials 7" (1980, Hardly Music Records)
  • Can't Stand the Midwest compilation album (September 2016, Family Vineyard)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson (2016-09-16), Jack. "Dow Jones and the Industrials Were Only Around For Two Years But What An Explosive Ride It Was". noisey.vice.com. Vice. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  2. ^ n/a (2016-08-06). "Dow Jones and the Industrials – Can’t Stand The Midwest 1979-1981". ravensingstheblues.com. Raven Sings The Blues. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  3. ^ https://familyvineyard.bandcamp.com/album/cant-stand-the-midwest-1979-1981

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