Dummy was formed in 1995 at truck stop outside Nashville, Tennessee after a chance meeting of bassist/vocalist Mark DeRosa and guitarist/spiritual master John Barnicle. Mark - son of the famous 60's comedy duo "Betty and Joe", was on his way to Gainesville to audition as touring bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, after regular bassist Ron Blair broke his foot in a freak croquet accident. Barnicle was touring as a rodeo clown / stunt rider for the famous traveling "Wild Bill Hickock's Wild, Wild, West Show" which had just come from a sold out show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. After exchanging small talk at the bar, Barnicle and DeRosa learned that they had a common interest in punk rock and by the same stroke of luck, were both from the city of Chicago. They made a pinky promise to keep in touch. When the pair returned to Chicago, they rented the Riviera theatre for a month straight and spent 18 hour days performing what they referred to as "sound experiments". The result of these experiments would serve as much of the basis for the 1999 release Dank. It was shortly after that Barnicle was diagnosed with restless earlobe syndrome (RES), which sidelined the band until 2003. After a dangerous 13 hour procedure to re-attach his earlobes, Barnicle was cleared to record the next Dummy album Hang 'em High in 2003. Between 2003 and 2010 a bunch of other shit happened - most of it uninteresting - all of it certainly none of your goddamn business.