Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Mumps own bio on their website refers to Rob Duprey as a guitar god, so this photo is a natural in this week's Mump A Day feature. So without further ado, some Guitar God photos....
It takes a lot of guts, gusto and persona to be in a band with larger-than-life Lance Loud, and when he puts the mic in your face, you better shout it out! Rob did actually take a turn at vocals in the Mumps live set. He sang the Standells "Sometimes Good Guys Wear White," and possibly (though I can't remember) contribute something to the Mumps cover of Alice Cooper's "Under My Wheels."
I've said it before and I'll say it a million more times... Mumps were the most photogenic band ever! More than that, their willingness to be photographed was remarkable, matched only by their friends The Cramps.
Pleasant and I managed to wrangle a couple Mumps at a time for Lobotomy photo spreads. We usually paired Kevin and Rob - I guess for the blond/brunette contrast... or that we found them extra photogenic! We thought that Rob was the long lost punk rock doppelganger of French nouvelle vague (that's "new wave" in Francais, in case you didn't know; clever eh?) movie star Jean-Pierre Leaud, who played (my favorite film director of all time) Francois Truffaut's alter-ego, "Antoine Doinel" all his movies, starting with "The 400 Blows" (which is one of the best films ever made. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?)
If you search the world wide web for photos of Leaud, you will see where I stole the art direction for these shots.
After his tenure in the Mumps, Rob went on to play with Iggy Pop both on his records and in his band. At one point, Iggy had Rob, Gary Valentine and Clem Burke all in the same touring unit! Iggy and the NYC punk rock all stars!
To his credit, Rob was the co-writer, with Iggy, of all the material on Iggy's "Zombie Birdhouse" album, which was released on Chris Stein's label.
Be sure to complete your record collection with the fantastic Mumps compilation, "How I Saved the World" which the wonderful Sympathy for the Record Industy released! The Mumps music is available from many places. Don't be left out! Ordering info is here!