Wisconsin bands

Clicker 1st LP

Once upon a time, there was a band called Clicker.

It was a show band, doing pop/rock/glam covers and terrific original songs. Clicker played throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest during the early to mid-1970s.

People who saw and heard Clicker — they also got some regional airplay — have fond memories of the band. Every time we write about Clicker, more people share their stories.

Read our posts about Clicker. Then read the comments. Then add your memories, your stories. That’s how we preserve Wisconsin’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage.

Nov. 29, 2010: Marking 32 years since Clicker played its last gig.

Aug. 21, 2010: We might just be responsible for an outbreak of “fierce Wisconsin nostalgia for Clicker online.”

March 22, 2009: Remembering Clicker’s epic jam number, “DuMonde’s Back Room” from 1973.

Feb. 28, 2009: Celebrating our blog’s second anniversary with a tune from Clicker’s second album.

Oct. 3, 2008: Getting caught up with some of the guys who played in Clicker and remembering some of the places they played in Wisconsin.

Sept. 29, 2007: Remembering Clicker’s music and shows as we headed to a high school reunion of sorts.

Other chapters from Wisconsin’s rock ‘n’ roll history.

Nov. 15, 2019: Underground Sunshine, 50 years ago.

April 29, 2019: Farewell to the Brown County Arena.

Feb. 4, 2019: Taking stock of The Corporation, a Milwaukee band.

Nov. 26, 2018: Remembering the record department at Prange’s in Sheboygan.

Feb. 21, 2017: The night I saw — but didn’t see — the Marshall Tucker Band in Stevens Point.

July 3, 2014: Starring the legendary Harvey Scales, Milwaukee soul legend.

Feb. 16, 2014: Whatever happened to Kings Go Forth, that cool soul band out of Milwaukee?

Dec. 31, 2012: Remembering Teddy Mueller, the impossibly young drummer for Tongue.

June 27, 2012: A little mystery leads back to Duck Duck Goose, which long ago was a Green Bay blues club.

Feb. 7. 2012: Soup’s on. Wisconsin psych-blues-rock, circa 1971. A vintage album side at The Midnight Tracker.

Feb. 13, 2011: From Milwaukee with love. Some deep cuts from the Esquires, the great soul group of the ’60s.

Oct, 9, 2010: Underground Sunshine, a group from Montello, covers the Beatles and winds up with a big hit.

Jan. 10, 2010: Farewell to an old neighbor — Smart Studios in Madison.

Aug. 26, 2009: The Sound Storm rock festival in Poynette in April 1970.

May 18, 2009: Remembering Robert Cornell, a priest who moonlighted as a rock ‘n’ roll promoter.

March 19, 2009: A band called Tongue, a blues-rock group known for its fierce live shows.

Jan. 24, 2009: Buddy Holly’s second-to-last show, which was in Green Bay in January 1959.

Sept. 1, 2008: Get on up and pay tribute to the Esquires, the great Milwaukee soul group.

25 responses to “Wisconsin bands

  1. Tim

    For more Wisconsin music check out the podcast at Milwaukeerockposters.com

  2. duane

    Bad Boy, in their prime, was the greatest band around. Proud to be a Racinian..

  3. Jeanne

    Does anyone remember the group ‘Teen Angel” They played all over Wisconsin during the early 1970s.

  4. Does anyone remember the group ‘Teen Angel” They played all over Wisconsin during the early 1970s.

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  6. Nick

    Does anyone know anything about the 70’s band Cold Duck. I believe they were from Green Bay. Any info please contact nickzrt81@yahoo.com

  7. gale barchus

    Daddy Whiskers

  8. Gale, Jack Hurrish, my brother was in MESA, lead singer. Along with Frank, Danny, Randy, Bob Schultz. Excellent 4 part harmony, did alot of POCO tunes. Frank was in DW with both Ebels. Frank now plays in GrayCatz with Jeff Ebel. Just saw them here in Point last month. Many good musicians hailed from Stevens Point Wondering if anyone has any of the old posters for Point bands,included circus.

    • gale barchus

      I hear there’s a reunion planned for this summer.

      • Jody Hurrish

        Gail, sadly Jack and Bob won’t do it. Danny they cannot locate. Frank is excited about it, and Randy is putting it together. They have recruited Tom Dehlinger so far. Was supposed to be a joint deal with Soundstreet(Circus). Let you know when I get an update. Jody.

  9. Steve Rankin

    Oz playing in the Crystal Ballroom of the Loraine Hotel. Mendelbaum Blues Band. Tayles always at the Nitty Gritty. I wanted to be Scott Eakin. My dad wouldn’t let me play the flute as a kid – it was a girl’s instrument, he said. He bought me a trumpet. Later I got to hear Scott Eakin. Then I was sure my dad was wrong.

  10. Little Ziggy

    Little Ziggy and the Zeu got their name from a fake fraternity we started at UW, called Zeta Omicron Omicron (Zoo.) (One of the founding members had the knickname “Ziggy.”) We were friends of the band leader, Danny Faust. So we gave him the name. I’ve forgotten the reason they changed the spelling of Zeu. But there was a reason.

    • gale barchus

      Actually, the band’s original name was Zapata. After incorporating, we tacked on Zapata Enterprises Unlimited (ZEU).

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  12. Kari

    My dad was Larry Schumann. He booked bands around Madison, worked for Gary Van Zeeland Talent, and was involved in several summer music feats that I know of. We had this album and I believe he booked Clicker. I know I spent many an afternoon hanging out drinking cokes at Snoopy’s bar/night club in Madison while he was talking business and hanging posters. I was just a small kid back then. Would love to hear from people who knew my dad.

  13. Jeff Ditzel

    I knew Larry Schumann very well…he booked our band U.S. Pure. I’ve got a booklet he put out with some photos of bands from Sound Storm in Poynette 1970…he was a good guy.

  14. Joe Chilsen

    I think Clicker was known as “BLUE-TAILED FLY” before it became Clicker. I used to book bands back then. Is my info correct or were they called “BABY GRAND” Now that I think about it they went from “BABY GRAND” to “BLUE-TAILED FLY and then to CLICKER in a very short timeframe.

  15. Joe Chilsen

    Anybody ever hear of Jimmy and the Javalins?

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