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The ONES s/t CD (Hyped to Death/Rerun 022) Blazing Milwaukee punk'n'roll 1979-80

The ONES s/t CD (Hyped to Death/Rerun 022) Blazing Milwaukee punk'n'roll 1979-80 from long-lost studio and rehearsal tapes, brilliantly excavated by Jason Rerun, re-mastered/rescued by H2D. 18 tracks, handsome 12-panel insert with notes by band leader Clancy Carroll, unpublished photos and ephemera.

Rerun: "Ozone was started in 1975 by a couple of high school kids from Milwaukee's Northwest side. They were the hardest rockin’ teenage band in town, playing full sets of original material in the vein of their musical heroes the Stooges, KISS and AC/DC to packed high school parties and teen dances. When they heard the Ramones debut in 1976, Ozone settled into a solid Punk ROCK sound. With no chance for a band like them to get signed, especially in Milwaukee, they had no pretentions. Pure meat n' potatoes rock n' roll, sans any boogie or bar-band licks. After a couple more years of extensive rehearsal, gigs and song writing, dedication paid off and they smashed the competition at a big-time battle of area bands in late 1979. Part of the grand prize package was studio time and the release of a 45rpm single. At this point, of course, Ozone discovered that somebody else already had the name, so their “Short Dress” b/w “Tightrope” 45 was released in 1980 on Blue Ribbon Records under their new name, The Ones. Both sides are blazing Punk n' Roll but with little to no distribution or promotion, hardly anybody noticed it at the time, especially without a picture sleeve. Copies seemed to disappear from sight along with the band, making it one of the rarest and most sought after 45s from any Wisconsin band ever. Copies have changed hands for upwards of $800 online. "Tightrope" was later bootlegged on the Staring Down the Barrel comp LP, making demand even greater. The Ones folded shortly after the record was issued when band leader and driving force Clancy Carroll decided to change musical directions. He would go on to form the much-loved garage/punk/pop band the Dominoes with ex-Haskels guitarist Gerard LaValliere and continue to play in area indie bands through the '90s.

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