I used to think, "Twitter, huh, yeah, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing." Then I'd say it again just for good measure. Nowadays though my tune has changed. It's actually a source for good, free, fun-size bites of comedy—Albert Brooks, Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Ross, Alec Sulkin, Tom Green, Rob Delaney, Sarah Silverman, Seth MacFarlane, Rupert Murdoch, just to name a few—and random burps of news that I otherwise would have missed. Though the example is tragic and sad, I never would have known about the recent passing of Dennis Flemion, keyboardist and one-half of the creative force behind The Frogs (shown next to Dimitry above at photo left), had it not been for a tweet from the AV Club. Apparently Dennis went missing on July 7th while swimming during a family boating trip on Wind Lake in Racine, Wisconsin. His body was recovered late last night. He was 57-years-old.
We the people of Dickhouse are tremendous fans of The Frogs and were ever so fortunate to have them perform live at our wrap party for the jackass television series in 2001. That same week we also caught their show at Spaceland, where I believe Ryan Dunn truly fell in love with them as well ("Reelin' & Rockin' #2" was his most favorite and oft quoted). We tried to squeeze "Homos" onto the jackass the movie soundtrack, but unfortunately were not able to do so because the chosen segment didn't make the final cut. However, in the process, we were successful in infecting several other minds with the music of The Frogs and before long Derek Freda had them as his ringtone for all inappropriate occasions.
Our sincere condolences to Dennis's family and friends—especially his brother Jimmy with whom he created over three decades of wonderfully offensive and absurd music that will live on forever in aural infamy.