Category Archives: North Dakota

The Dynamic Dischords

The Dynamic Dischords Poster
Concert poster for the Dynamic Dischords

Dynamic Dischords IGL 45 Passageway To Your HeartThe Dynamic Dischords came from the small town of Oakes, North Dakota, in the southeast part of the state. Members were: Mel Bruns, Dave Enquist, Tom Rodine, Bob Vorachek and Tim Weatherhead.

In 1967 the band played the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, Iowa, 330 miles from Oakes, but not an unusual distance for a band to travel in the upper Midwest. After their show the band visited Iowa Great Lakes Recording in nearby Milford, Iowa, where they cut their first 45, released on IGL 45-150 in November, 1967.

“Passageway (to Your Heart)” starts with a gloomy four-note riff then settles into something resemblings “You Keep Me Hanging On”, with heavy fuzz breaks between the verses. The IGL Rock Story, Vol. 2: 1967-1968 has a slightly longer version with an alternate vocal, though I prefer the 45.

Dynamic Dischords IGL 45 This Girl o fMineI’m a fan of the flip side, “This Girl of Mine”, an upbeat harmony song without any psychedelic influence at all.

Tom Rodine and Mel Bruns wrote both songs and Mark Reiner produced the single. I don’t recall Mark Reiner appearing on credits for any other IGL singles so he may have been part of the Dischords’ management. The publishing was by Okoboji Music BMI, a common credit on IGL 45s (and named after the lake where all this fun was happening).

The band did not record again until 1971 when they released “The Age of Caesar” / “I Love Life” (another Rodine & Bruns original) on Mark Custom Records from Moorhead, Minnesota, distributed by Midwest Booking Authority in Grand Forks, ND. I haven’t heard either side of that 45 yet.

Info and top poster taken from http://www.nightlifemusic.com/HOR/Dynamic%20Dischords/index.html. Poster below sent to me by Philippe Wegmuller.

Dynamic Dischords Poster, Balmoral

Gered & Dodique of the Gremlins

Collin Pruitt of Ink Mathematicssuggested I cover this super-obscure acoustic 45 by Gered & Dodique of the Gremlins that he found in Montana. At first listen you might peg them as hippies, which may be correct, but the songs are not light-hearted, even if “Silent Meditation” mentions “free love” and “I’ve taken LSD so I can fly”. Both were written by Krueger and Smith – Gered Krueger and Dodique Smith?

“Store Away These Thoughts” is the more uptempo song, asking people to listen to their words that “one man may have thought he had the answer, but we’ll never know because he died.”

“Silent Meditation” opens with harmonies reminiscent of “Homeward Bound”. Searching for some knowledge that “will some day bring my way life’s happiness”, the writer says he might “end it all” and finishes with “I couldn’t pass away my cares and my tribulations, so you won’t have to help me anymore, because I won’t be here tonight.”

I can’t find any info on Gered & Dodique, or any reference to a Gremlins with members Krueger and Smith. Mid-America Production (M.A.P.) booked other groups across the upper midwest, like the Trenchmen, so a Montana location for this duo is a likely possibility.

The National Records number 8-8821 is a code of the Kaybank plant in Minneapolis, though that doesn’t mean the songs were recorded there. Mike Markesich’s breakdown of the Kaybank codes indicates a date of April-May, 1968.