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Portrait of Doug Derek And The Hoax

Doug Derek And The Hoax

About Doug Derek And The Hoax

Golden, CO

Little-known American Alternative Power Pop band DOUG DEREK & THE HOAX were in existence for just a single year from 1980 to 1981. It all began with two determined former bandmates in vocalist/bassist Doug Riccio (a.k.a. "Doug Derek") and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Brochin, who reunited with two additional former bandmates, drummer Rich D'Albis and guitarist Bob Cedro (who would be replaced by Ted "Bullet" Pulit of Thunderhead fame) to form the initial lineup of members of Doug Derek & The Hoax when the original ideas really began to flow, and a lineup that eventually culminated in the creation of more than 30 original songs together during that short, yet very productive period

All previously unreleased until now, ultra-catchy songs such as "Bobby's Gotta Get Back To Boston," "I Don't Really Like It Here," "I Need Your Love (Let Me Take You Into The Night)" and the anthemic "Airwaves" (a tale about a fictional band making it to the top of the charts with an unusually dark, ironic twist at the end) reflect the obvious Power Pop influences of Brochin and a darker, more mysterious side in Riccio that culminated in a songwriting duo that could be considered to be a somewhat unusual pairing of minds for the time

After a little more than a half-a-year's worth of long commutes down to the band's rehearsal headquarters of New Haven, Connecticut from the city of Boston on the weekends, original guitarist/vocalist Cedro was forced to depart the Hoax due to work and living commitments he had in that Massachusetts city at the end of 1980 (a situation that became the very subject matter of the song "Bobby's Gotta Get Back To Boston"). Another little-known fact about Doug Derek & The Hoax that a replacement for Cedro was found in local wildman Ted "Bullet" Pulit (known most notably for his success with German Hard Rockers Thunderhead and Son Of A Bitch during the late 1980's and 1990's)

Bringing a noticeably heavier side to the band musically while also taking on some much-needed singing duties (another unusual thing about the Hoax is that they had 3 separate and distinct lead vocalists in Riccio, Brochin & Pulit), Pulit was a force of unrelenting, no-holds-barred energy on stage that took the group in a direction they simply had never been before. Best summed up in his own words from an early radio interview on WNHU shortly after joining the group, Pulit described the music of his new band as "Pop with a lot of balls." No one could have said it better at the time

Compiled from a collection of all-original studio recordings done at 2 different Connecticut studios during their brief existence, the aptly-titled full-length "Who The Hell Is Doug Derek?" -- in essence, the Doug Derek & The Hoax debut album that never was -- has finally been released an unprecedented near-27 years after it was originally recorded. Including the first-ever studio recordings of Pulit (who sings an excellent lead on two tracks in the Power Pop gem "Never Seen A Girl Like You" and the Reggae-flavored "Show Your Love") as well as other hook-laden tracks, this unique offering was produced by original band member Michael Brochin along with Park Peters at Audio Park Recording Studios in Arvada, Colorado

Cover artwork by Suzanne Haas

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Portrait of Doug Derek And The Hoax
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