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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Band Mom is The Man: Five Musicians with Politician Parents

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3) Ivor Hanson. Like Inouye, he had roots in the Dischord Records scene. He played drums for State of Alert, whose lead singer, Henry Garfield, eventually changed his surname to Rollins, moved West and became Black Flag's fourth vocalist. Later Hanson joined Faith, which morphed into the Ian MacKaye-led Embrace. Hanson's father, Carl Thor Hanson, was an admiral in the U.S. Navy. He and his family were quartered on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory - a residence that actually served as State of Alert's occasional practice space.

4) Jeff Gramm. The son of Texas Senator Phil Gramm, Jeff was the leader of Aden, a Brooklyn indiepop band that released four fine albums. Your blogger saw Aden several times in New York City in the 1990s, and once spotted Sen. Gramm in the audience with a small entourage in tow. Jeff tended to be uncomfortable with questions about his family, but he could have had it worse: he could have been the son of Foreigner's Lou Gramm.

5) Lori Black. The daughter of child star-turned-ambassador Shirley Temple Black,Lori played bass in the mid-1980s San Francisco band Clown Alley before joining Washington State sludge kings The Melvins. She was dating Melvins guitarist/vocalist Buzz Osborne at the same time, and when they broke up, she left the band. Osborne discussed this relationship with at some length in an absolutely amazing passage of Everybody Loves Our Town, Mark Yarm's oral history of the Seattle grunge scene (Shirley "tap-danced for us, and she was fucking amazing").

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