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  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: Unknown
  • Active: Unknown - Unknown
  • Number of gigs played: 4
  • Number of other acts played with: 3
Sceneroller, The Dogs, Mary Kay, Art Phelps, Loren Molinare

Mary Kay and Loren Molinare of The Dogs – © 2015 Heather Harris (California Rocker.)

About This Act

From This Ain't the Summer of Love:

Loren Molinare - Guitar & Vocals, The Dogs

Excerpt from:
July 2001 Interview
Well, we really moved to NYC first, in June of 1973 and lived in the Lower East Side of New York. We were playing gigs with the Dictators and Television and Kiss, The Fast, at places like Max's Kansas City, The Coventry and the Club 82 and the Electric Circus. It was a great experience to be in NYC in those days, the New York Dolls had just been signed so it was pretty rocking, but I think we had our hearts on going to Hollywood. It was very hard to survive in New York - very expensive we did not work day jobs. LA seemed to be the place to go.


In the Detroit/Ann Arbor/Lansing nexus THE DOGS rocked hard, fast and precise (energy-maniacs onstage they may have been, their proficiency as teens cast them practically as rock prodigies) with their own original songs from the get-go.  They opened for the likes of MC5, Stooges, Amboy Dukes with Ted Nugent, SRC etc. etc. etc. throughout the late ’60s/early ’70s as commemorated in “HYPERSENSITIVE’s” “Motor City Fever” a real knock-out dating from the same era as the bands it name-checks in one of this band’s most powerfully riffed songs ever.

In the later ’70s THE DOGS moved to NYC opening for Kiss, The Stilettos (proto-Blondie,) Television and all manner of punks watchful of THE DOGS’ pared-down but hardcore Detroit rock performed in their own torn jeans and leather jackets (“Our normal street clothes because,” laughs bassist MARY KAY, “we couldn’t afford stage clothes.”) Relocation to Hollywood mid-decade would find them opening for AC/DC, the Scorpions, and well, everybody, even Guns N ‘Roses a decade beyond.  The mighty “Slash Your Face 2012” bonus track on the cd dates from this golden age of punks, with the original finding distribution by their self-inaugurated Detroit Records circa 1978. The ’80s and then newly-recruited and present drummer TONY MATTEUCCI found THE DOGS fomenting songs like “Nothing Lasts 4 Ever” as included on “HYPERSENSITIVE.”

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