Filed under: Boddie | Tags: & Wicked, 1979, Boddie Recording Company, Clark Darke, Cleveland, Dennis Kuchinich, Disco Dennis, Force Band, Gerald Baxter, Ohio, Slick, Sly, The Defaulters, Val's Party Lounge
Dennis Kucinich’s website proclaims him to be America’s Most Courageous Congressman. If you’re looking for evidence, look no further than the archives of the Boddie Recording Company. One of the many, many 45 rpm singles pressed at Boddie is an unusual track called “Disco Dennis” by a mysterious group called The Defaulters. The Defaulters, it turns out, are just the female backing group. The band is the enigmatic Force Band, well known as a literal “force” in the Cleveland scene, featuring, among others, Gerald Baxter of Sly, Slick, & Wicked. Although producer “Clark Darke” didn’t remember at first, it turns out that “Disco Dennis” turned out to be the courageous congressman, himself. See this clip from the Cleveland Call & Post from the 1979 for further evidence:
Val’s Party Lounge was “the spot” for a lot of the groups recording at Boddie, and we will give Kucinich credit for not just making the perfunctory visits to Gramma’s Diner for a run-of-the-mill photo op.
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