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Though best known for helping invent both early '80s dance-oriented new wave and American indie rock as the producer of highly influential records by Athens, Ga., band the B-52s ("Rock Lobster") and Pylon ("Cool"/"Dub", Gyrate), Florida-born studio whiz Kevin Dunn was also an idiosyncratic performer in his own right. Inspired by artsy Brits on the cusp of glam and prog, he formed his Atlanta band the Fans in pre-punk 1975, but in four years of existence they put out no albums and less than a handful of 45s. A Dunn solo single -- most notable for an oddball cover of Chuck Berry's "Nadine" -- came out in 1979; then a 1981 album released under the name Regiment of Women (photos included three girls, but Dunn himself played almost all of the instruments, including "drum robot programming"); then a Kevin Dunn EP and full album in the mid-'80s. Not many people paid attention, though two who did were John Cale and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. In 2010, coinciding with archival sets by other early '80s Georgians such as Pylon and the Method Actors, a 21-song retrospective called No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985 introduced Dunn's weirdness to at least a few new fans.
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