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The Dead Baggers
Anti-Greek and anti-preppie, this band inspires rowdiness
By SHELLEY BLOCK
To keep up with the new wave trend that
has evolved in the 1980's, Chapel Hill has ac
quired a band known best by their logo of a
The Dead Baggers were formed a year ago
by bass player Jack Campbell, lead guitarist
Danny Coleman, keyboard player Leslie
Land, drummer Greg Lavoie and lead singer
Schell Ponder. Within that year, they have
played at The Station, Sundance, Uptown
Main Street, fraternity houses and private
The band members refer to their particular
music as "heavy wave" which they charac
terize as "rock and roll with a pogo beat."
They play music from such groups as The
Kings, The Ramones and The Pretenders.
However, one-third of their music is original,
written by Coleman and Carmichael.
"We play humor music that people can
dance to. We try to inspire rowdiness," Land
The Dead, Baggers said their music has
been appealing to all types of people. "We
krow that non-prep people would like us, but
now even the fraternities hire us," Coleman ,
Lavoie said he believed that the fraternities
wanted a new wave band because they need
ed a change. "They were getting sick of the
same type of music."
When the band was first formed, its mem
bers weren't sure how they would be ac
cepted in Chapel Hill. "We were afraid that
we might offend some people with some of
our music content," Coleman said. "Now we
are afraid that we might not."
The Dead Baggers have carried out the
punk rock motif even to their outfits which
add to the total effect of their music. "We
like to be a bit outrageous in the way we
dress' Carmichael said.
The band members said most bands take
their music too seriously. The Dead Baggers,
"work for money but play for fun," Coleman
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The Dead Baggers enjoy performing the
new wave tyoe of music. "We give the people
what they want, even when they don't want
it," Coleman said.
The Dead Baggers will perform on Thurs
day. Nov. 5 at Creat Hall from 9 p.m. to 1:00
a.m. Admission is free. CD
Shelley Block is a staff writer for The Daily
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