Feb 22, 2019, 01:04PM

Still Moronic After All These Years

It's one of the tragedies of the pre-Cloud, analog world that the best local bands of my youth, specifically those performing during the Marble Bar Era 1978-1985, recorded just a handful of songs during their existence.

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Da Moronics were a bunch of bored MICA (Maryland Institute of Art) art students and drop-outs, formed and led by the songwriting duo of poets Bill Moriarty (vocals) and Tom DiVenti (guitar). Initially it was just Moriarty and DiVenti reading poetry and doing performance art around town until the band concept evolved. Early members included the late Pete Haskell on drums and guitar and guitarist Mac Lore, before the original lineup finally morphed into bassist Dave "The Rave" Brubaker, drummer Hoppy Hopkins and percussionist Jamie Wilson.


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