Fabulous Depressions

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New Ulm, MN, garage outfit the Fabulous Depressions formed in 1964 -- guitarist Phil Groebner, bassist Jim Dauer, organist Peter Kitzberger, and drummer John Tretault (the latter all of 11 years old at…
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New Ulm, MN, garage outfit the Fabulous Depressions formed in 1964 -- guitarist Phil Groebner, bassist Jim Dauer, organist Peter Kitzberger, and drummer John Tretault (the latter all of 11 years old at the outset) completed the original lineup, which progressed through a series of short-lived names including Wholly Moses, Brain Police, and the Great Depression before settling on a permanent moniker. When Tretault left the Fabulous Depressions in 1966, drummer Greg DeBerry stepped in, and with the subsequent addition of vocalist Tim Lindsay, the group began playing teen clubs throughout Minnesota and northern Iowa. DeBerry's family moved out of New Ulm in 1967, occasioning the recruitment of former Shags drummer John Ginkel; when Lindsay defected to the rival Royal Emperors, singer Randy Evans signed on in time for the Fabulous Depressions to record their lone single, "I Can't Tell You," an incendiary slab of fuzz-punk issued on the local Mead label and years later resurrected via the Root '66 compilation.