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Mondo Guano 1989-1991
Mondo Guano 1989-1991
At the tail end of the 80's, a trio of musicians sowed the seeds of what would later become some of Tucson's wackiest and most daring musical projects At the tail end of the 80's, a trio of musicians sowed the seeds of what would later become some of Tucson's wackiest and most daring musical projects. Mondo Guano was the group, and the trio sought a return to 60's-era art-rock in the vein of Velvet Underground. Mondo Guano released a few 7-inches and appeared on a couple local compilations, before disbanding in 1991.

Fans of the art-noise combo weren't disappointed for long, however, as members went on to form other projects such as the Pork Torta, Bebe & Serge, and Doo Rag. Doo Rag in particular found national and international success from their humble beginnings here in the Old Pueblo. The trashy delta-blues duo consisted of Bob Log playing frenetic slide blues guitar and wailing away through a vacuum hose, while Thermos Malling pounded on a hodge-podge of items that comprised his makeshift drumkit: movie reels, cardboard boxes, trashcan lids, you name it. The duo that started by busking their music on the streets of Tucson and hoped to make a few cassettes to sell to their friends probably had no idea where their music would take them.

Before long, Doo Rag was touring as a supporting act for the likes of Beck and Ween, criss-crossing the country as well as touring heavily in Europe. They even appeared on the Lollapalooza festival tour in 1995. Six years in, while in Chicago on a string of dates opening for Ween, Thermos Malling called it quits after growing weary of the touring grind.

Forced to fend for himself for the remainder of the tour, Bob Log donned a helmet and used his guitar case as a bass drum, and never looked back, and thus began his solo career as Bob Log III. He moved up from busted guitar cases to a real bass drum, and then began to add drum samples triggered by pedals. Almost 10 years later, he has 3 albums under his belt on the infamous blues label, Fat Possum Records. He's toured with everyone from Ani DiFranco and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, to labelmates like RL Burnside. He continues to tour extensively, enjoying popularity everywhere from Japan to Europe, and throughout north America.

Labor Day weekend finds him back home in the Old Pueblo where he will be one of 40 artists on the bill at Club Congress' 20th Anniversary. Doo Rag and Mondo Guano are also reuniting for this special event. For more information on this event click HERE.