Mono Puff

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Mono Puff (from left: John Flansburgh, Steve Calhoon, Hal Cragin)
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Mono Puff is an alternative rock band formed by John Flansburgh, Hal Cragin, and Steve Calhoon. Flansburgh created the first Mono Puff EP, John Flansburgh's Mono Puff, as a Hello Recording Club release in 1995. Cragin and Calhoon joined to flesh out those initial songs, which then appeared on the group's first full-length album, Unsupervised, in 1996. The album spawned one single, "The Devil Went Down To Newport", for which a music video was also produced. In that same year, Mono Puff recorded a few more Hello EPs, which later became their second album, It's Fun To Steal, released in 1998. Across both albums, the band experimented with blending different genres, such as surf rock, ska, and, later on, disco and funk.

Mono Puff performed live a couple dozen times, mostly in New York City. Although they have not formally broken up, they have not released any music since 1998. Mono Puff's primary obstacle is the fact that founding member Hal Cragin lives on the west coast.

Flansburgh explains where the name "Mono Puff" came from in a 1997 interview with The Tech:

"The name comes from an experience I had at the John Coltrane Church in San Francisco. There was a little girl there with a single puff of hair in a perfect circle on top of her head, and I thought if it had a name it would be called a monopuff."

Discography[edit]

Members[edit]

Core members[edit]

  • John Flansburgh - acoustic and electric guitar / Casio synthesizer / Mellotron / Novostation synthesizer / Oberheim synthesizers / organ / piano / production / programming / samples / vocals
  • Hal Cragin - bass / electric piano / guitar / Hammond organ / percussion / programming / synthesizers
  • Steve Calhoon - drums
  • Robin Goldwasser (as Sister Puff) - vocals, vocal arrangement
  • Phil Hernandez (also known as DJ ***** Spicy) - bongos / scratching / timbales
  • Joe McGinty - clavinet / Oberheim synthesizers / organ / piano / synth strings

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