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63 Monroe

63 Monroe

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63 Monroe came into being in mid 1980 in London Ontario. It wasn’t exactly a new band. It actually was a name change from N.F.G to 63 Monroe. The punk band N.F.G could no longer get work because of their notorious reputation. The members at this point in time were , Steven R. Stunning on vocals, Markii Burnaway on guitar, Mark DeRoux on bass and Pete Lambourghini on drums. The band played its first job as 63 Monroe in Grand Bend, Ontario without incident and got steady work until a very brief break-up in 1981. The band had been recording both live tracks and studio tracks up until this point. The band reformed months later with a new bassist named Pete Dekoker and a new drummer Jeff (Rooster) Rooth just in time for the release of their debut recording , an E.P titled “63 Monroe /N.F.G.”. In 1983 the new line up released acassette titled “Reign of Terror”. Soon after the band signed on with Savvy records and released two singles. Oddly, these singles were both cover tunes; Henry VIII and a ripping version of “White Christmas”. In 1985 the band released “Stinkin out the Joint”perhaps their best known release. The band supported this album playing many gigs including CBGB’s in New York city. Jeff Rooth, the bands tremendously talented drummer, passed away unexpectedly. Joe Kettlewell was recruited to play drums for the band. 63 Monroe’s greatest asset is their wildly energetic live performances. Taking nothing away from their recorded work, it was almost impossible for this energy to be transformed on to their recordings. If you saw them live you rarely walked out of the show disappointed.

Mario Circelli

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