A love for comics and 78 rpm records combined to envelop Armstrong in the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Armstrong was active in the San Francisco Bay area underground comics scene, producing such comics as Mickey Rat and The Couch Potatoes. Finding that fellow cartoonist Robert Crumb also liked music from the '20s and '30s, Armstrong pulled in old friend Al Dodge and the trio began playing for fun. Like most of the Suits, Armstrong played several instruments -- guitar, accordion, and musical saw, among others. Armstrong still plays with the Cheap Suit Serenaders, although their gigs are quite sporadic.
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