Rednecks Under the Moonlight

by The Huns

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released October 1, 2014

"The Huns were formed in 1981 and played a peculiar brand of basic rock and roll that incorporated punk, rockabilly, 60s garage and even a little country. Therefore we didn't get much respect from contemporary bands in town who were either more arty or more hardcore punk, although we did know and gigged many times with Stiff Legged Sheep and Soviet Dissonance (Hi! to Simon "Melrocks", who posted on this page). We played at Iowa City Unitarian Church, then known by its address 10 South Gilbert (or 10 South for short), as the church didn't want their name on gig posters. We, along with Soviet Dissonance, opened for Husker Du in the church basement, and we also played at places like the Old Brick (a disused church), Gabe's, and the student union. Other bands we played with in Iowa City included the Undesireables (short-lived all girl band), Metesky (jazz-like), the Effigies (Chicago hardcore), (Des Moines?), T. Scott Bottom's Rockabilly Fun House (says it all), Male Model (east coast nu wave), The Pestilence, 149 Dead Marines, and the Fertile Crescents (cover band?). We only played outside of IC twice (Chicago and Quad Cities) before a six month visit to London where we gigged and made a record, Gene Vincent's 115th Dream (Hit Records), and then promptly split up in 1985. Original bassist Mimi made more records solo and with her band Stouthearted; drummer Duke played briefly with I.C.and twin cities band Swinging Teens; other members now on east coast, west coast, Europe etc. Early bands I remember not mentioned on your site include Pink Gravy and The Jews (both from around 1980). Huns line-up: Pat (guitar), Nat (drums), John ("singer"), Mimi (bass, '81-84), and Todd (bass, '84-85)."

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