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  • AKA: The A-Moms
  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Active: 1977 - 1984
Sceneroller, The Algebra Mothers, Gerald Collins, Kirsten Rogoff, Diana Balton, Ralph Valdez
About This Act

From Third Man Store:

The Algebra Mothers/A-Moms were formed by four like-minded misfits/artists/musicians/friends (Gerald Collins, Ralph Valdez, Diana Balton and Kirsten Rogoff) from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School. They made their professional debut in 1977 and in 1979 they released the weirdly incredible Strawberry Cheesecake b/w Modern Noise 7” on their own Aftertaste Records (TMR re-issue imminent). They played around Detroit and the country with everyone from Destroy All Monsters and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band to Pere Ubu until 1984. 

Fueled by the late 1970s burgeoning underground new wave, garage rock, and punk scenes, the Algebra Mothers was formed in Detroit by five artists and musicians from Cass Tech High School.

The band was led by guitarist Gerald Collins, who currently heads up Jeecy and the Jungle, and bassist and songwriter Ralph Valdez, who longtime WDET listeners will remember as an influential and talented music host for more than 20 years.

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