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Birth name Frankie Cavallo
Born (1951-03-10) March 10, 1951 (age 66)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Post-punk, space rock, no wave
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums, programming
Years active 1974–present
Labels Varient Records
Associated acts Avant Duel, Red Transistor

Von LMO (born Frankie Cavallo; March 10, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.


Von LMO let very little be known about the actualities of his life. At times he has claimed to have been born in 1924 to Sicilian parents living in Brooklyn, other times he has said to be an extraterrestrial from the planet Strazar. As music influences, LMO has cited Bill Haley & His Comets and Jerry Lee Lewis as being particularly inspirational to him.[1]

In the 1990s, Von Lmo collaborated with the San Francisco area bands Monoshock and OATS. Both were very short-lived.

In 2007, Lmo was imprisoned for committing 2nd-degree robbery and sentenced to three and a half years.[2] In 2010, Von Lmo was released from prison and is currently performing with former collaborator Otto von Ruggins in Avant Duel, a space rock outfit based in Brooklyn, New York. Avant Duel debuted with Beyond Human on March 10, 2012, marking LMO's first studio release in over fifteen years.[3]


In 1994, Foetus released a cover of Von Lmo's "Outside of Time" on the single Vice Squad Dick.[4] Julian Cope is a notable admirer of Lmo, calling his music a work of genius and writing a rave review of Red Resistor on his website.[5] Suicide front-man Alan Vega described his admiration of LMO: "Red Transistor... Von Lmo sang and played guitar and Rudolph Grey was on guitar or bass and it was total insanity. Von Lmo was a nut, a great nut. I was afraid to be in the same room as him. One night they played at Max's and everyone was too afraid to sit up front as they smashed guitars and things were flying all over the place. I went into the front room in fear of my life and tried to get everyone to come with me. Nobody came with me because it was such an intense show."[6]



  1. ^ Carleton, Bruce. "Von Lmo Interview" Stop!. 1978, cited January 22, 2012
  2. ^ Inmate Information New York Inmate Database, cited January 22, 2012
  3. ^ "Beyond Human by Avant Duel". aurovine.com. 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Foetus-Chrome Cranks: Vice Squad Dick Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Venture Bros. and More., cited January 22, 2012
  5. ^ Cope, Julian. "Von LMO: Red Resistor" Julian Cope’s Album of the Month. 2002, cited January 22, 2012
  6. ^ Nobahkt, David (October 1, 2004). Suicide: No Compromise. SAF Publishing Ltd. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 

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