Trio Vocals Rock 'n' Roll US, les Detergents étaient composés de Ron Dante, Danny Jordan et Tommy Wynn.

The Detergents got a Top Twenty hit in early 1965 with one of the wittiest rock parodies ever heard to that point, "Leader of the Laundromat." The takeoff on the then-recent Shangri-Las' smash "Leader of the Pack" turned the story around so that a guy was dating a leader of a laundromat, rather than being a tale of a tough chick dating a motorcycle gang chief. The track was pretty musically solid, too, with well-placed interjections of sound effects of a revving motorcycle that wouldn't start and low, dramatic booming piano notes, answered by the record's key punch line: "Who's that banging on the piano? I dunno!" Its topical satire also meant it dated so quickly that it rarely made the playlists on oldies stations, but it became a big favorite on Dr. Demento's program in the '70s. It may be stretching things, but the relatively hip and sophisticated parody of "Leader of the Laundromat" in some ways foreshadowed the kind of ironic-comedic pop/rock pastiches of Frank Zappa, though Zappa took it much further lyrically and musically."Leader of the Laundromat" was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, whose previous credits included Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star" and Brian Hyland's inane 1960 chart-topper "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini." To perform "Leader of the Laundromat," the pair recruited Ron Dante, Vance's nephew Danny Jordan, and Tommy Wynn. The single was quickly followed by an album, The Many Faces of the Detergents, which was also filled with silly parodies of recent rock and pop hits, though the rest of the songs had far less imagination and humor than "Leader of the Laundromat." The Detergents also had some subsequent singles, again in the satirical vein, like "Double-O-Seven" (mocking James Bond) and "I Can Never Eat at Home Anymore" (spurred by Shangri-Las' hit "I Can Never Go Home Anymore").The Detergents were actually not a studio-only group, as some might assume. They toured and appeared in a 1966 movie, Don't Worry I'll Think of a Title, before breaking up. While Ron Dante didn't exactly become well-known to the public, his voice was subsequently heard by many millions of people, as he was the lead singer (as a session Vocalsist) on the Archies' hits, including "Sugar, Sugar." Dante was also the voice of the Cuff Links, who had a Top Ten hit in 1969 with "Tracy," written by none other than Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Dante also sang many commercial jingles, and produced records by Barry Manilow, Irene Cara, Cher, and others.

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Comedy

LEADER OF THE LAUNDRAMAT (1964)

THE LITTLE OLD DOCTOR FROM IPANEMA (1965)

SOLDIER GIRL (1965)

I CAN NEVER EAT HOME ANYMORE (1966)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

12/1964 SP ROULETTE R-4590 (US) Leader Of The Laundromat / Ulcers
03/1965 SP ROULETTE R 4603 (US) . Double-O-Seven / The Blue Kangaroo
04/1965 SP ROULETTE R 4616 (US) . Mrs. Jones / Tea And Crumpets
06/1965 SP ROULETTE R-4626 (US) . Little Dum-Dum / Soldier Boy
08/1965 SP ROULETTE R 4642 (US) . Here She Comes / Bad Girl
01/1966 SP KAPP K 735 (US) . I Can Never Eat Home Anymore / Igor's Cellar
05/1966 SP KAPP K 753 (US) . Some Sunday Morning / Pushin' The Panic Button
1973 SP ROULETTE GG-101 (US) . Leader Of The Laundromat / Life Goes On


Albums

1965 LP 12" ROULETTE 25308 (US) THE MANY FACES OF THE DETERGENTS - Leader Of The Laundromat / Mrs. Jones / Little Dum Dum / The Little Old Doctor From Ipanema (Pt. 1) / Jimmy's Girl / The Blue Kangaroo / I Don't Know / Soldier Girl / The Little Old Doctor From Ipanema (Pt. 2) / From L.A. To New Orleans [Broken-Down Bus] / Life Goes On / Tea And Trumpets
1999 CD COLLECTABLES 6318 (US) THE MANY FACES OF THE DETERGENTS - Leader Of The Laundromat / Mrs. Jones / Little Dum Dum / The Little Old Doctor From Ipanema (Pt. 1) / Jimmy's Girl / The Blue Kangaroo / I Don't Know / Soldier Girl / The Little Old Doctor From Ipanema (Pt. 2) / From L.A. To New Orleans [Broken-Down Bus] / Life Goes On / Tea And Trumpets

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