BORN THE 7th
SON OF A COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER in 1966, Dexter
Romweber has grown up to become nothing less than an icon
of the American music underground.
Former frontman for
the world famous psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo
Flat Duo Jets, Dexter released his first of seventeen
albums in 1990 to rave reviews worldwide. He starred
alongside R.E.M. and The B-52s in the 1987 cult classic film
Athens, Ga. Inside Out. His first national tour
in 1990 was as opening act for The Cramps. He was showcased
The Cutting Edge and 120 Minutes, appeared
with the Flat Duo Jets in videos such as "Wild Wild
Lover" and "Radioactive
Man", made a stunning performance on Late Night
with David Letterman, and has shared the stage with
dozens of rock's underground kings including Iggy Pop, the
White Stripes, Link Wray, Reverend Horton Heat and many, many others.
Dexter's unique blend
of rockabilly, swing, surf instrumental, and punk lounge
has influenced and launched an entire generation of bands.
Be sure to read Jeff Arndt's excellent interview with Dexter
that appears on the "Perfect Sounds Forever" site: "Beyond
The Flat Duo Jets". Reviewer Michael Stephens has
also written an insightful profile of Dexter for the Pop
Matters web site.
Photo: Jem Cohen