Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Combo Audio

romanticideUrbana, Illinois Combo Audio released the classic 80's single "Romanticide" in 1982 on Secret Records and an EP on EMI in 1983 before disappearing from the scene. When listening to the band's brand of New Romantic Synth Pop you'd think the band was from the U.K. and not America's heartland. The band was a big part of the Champaign-Urbana music scene and opened for U2 in 1982 at the University of Illinois Auditorium. The version of "Romanticide" on the download page is the original single version. It was rerecorded for the EP and the EP version can be found on the "Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol 1 collection.

Combo Audio were:
Rick Neuhaus - Drums , John Kellogg - vocals, Tom Broeske - bass, and later Angus Thomas - bass.

Go to the download page to get Combo Audio - "Romanticide" [7" version]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, love the page, but unfortunately I could not completely download the Audio Combo file Romanticide. It only gave me the first 6 seconds. I beleive this is the original version I've been looking for and would love to get it from you. Thanks!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Bob F. said...

That download worked fine for me.

Thanks, Eric!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember...sort of...Combo Audio opening for the Talking Heads at Assembly Hall in '82...Always a fun band to see, especially at Mabel's with your head full of um, coffee, yes, that's it.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Radvino said...

Always enjoyed Combo Audio coming over to Springfield and playing our place, Crow's Mill. Of all the bands that came through all those years, it was CA that we thought would make it. Well, they did in our book.

The Radwine Brothers

10:33 AM  
Blogger emblymouse said...

Hi all-This is former Comboist Tom Broeske. A friend just mailed me this link and it's FAB! Thanks for hipping me to the Oblivion compilation, I'll have to pick that up. I am still in the Midwest and playing-check
I'll forward this to Mr. Kellogg with whom I've recently re-connected with. Cheers!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Combo Audio on Sirius Radio just a minute ago, and thought at first it might be Alphaville! Very cool Euro-Pop sound, CA. I may have to buy a CD or two. I had never heard of Combo Audio and did a quick search and found this great site. Thanks for the resource!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Scone Mason said...

My band, The Hip Chemists, played a gig with Combo Audio once at Hangar Nine in Carbondale. For 5 minutes we were the hot band in town, and they contacted us about opening for them, I assume to help bolster their already good draw into a packed house. They played in C'dale a lot. By about the fourth or fifth time, Richard, the owner of Hanger, put their name on the marquee as "Combo Loudo." We got a kick out of it at the time, as I'm sure they did. They were fucking loud as hell. I can't really remember how the gig went other than that they wouldn't move their drums or amps for our stuff and we played on about the front third of the stage, which we weren't used to. It pissed me off at the time, but prepared me for my move to LA where bands didn't give a fuck about each other. CA were really good live, I particularly remember Neuhouse's incredible whammy bar use. This was before the Floyd Rose came out, and he had a mustang whammy on a Tele, or something weird like that, lots of effects, and did some incredible sounds with the whammy. He had obviously seen Adrian Belew around that time. All the hot guitar players were listening to the King Crimson "Discipline" album, but he was the first person I saw really incorporate a lot of whammy and effects into New Wave pop the way Belew was. Unfortunately, when the Floyd Rose bridge came out, the hair metal thing took it over, so clever use of it got overshadowed by bullshit, and then no one fucking wanted one. It did seem like Combo Audio would make it big, but they almost played too well to be a pop band, they did a lot of jamming, etc. Rufus Thomas had played with fucking Miles Davis, so he was a monster player (they all were) and at times were almost a new wave jam band. I think we were all seriously jealous of these guys, they'd sweep into town with great outfits and playing like motherfuckers with good equipment, and we were poor student bands doing the best we could but we really looked like garagers compared to these guys. They had their shit together and seemed to really be ready to break. When you hear the Romanticide record the production really doesn't do justice to the power these guys had live, they really blew the roof off.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish i could find more of their stuff The video used to be on youtube but has been pulled (thank you viacom)

very reminiscent of ultravox imho

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is John Kellogg doing these days? Such a talented artist and the band was awesome. I saw them in Carbondale way back when I was young. I thought they had the talent to really make it big, what happened? Where is Kellogg and the band now and what are they doing?

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm the Richard that owned Hangar 9 from 1980-2000, in partnership with my starter wife.
Combo Audio was an excellent band, could have gone all the way, had they been in the right place at the right time. Angus was well known in Cdale, having gone to school at SIU, and played in several local bands, notably several versions of Stryder (I was the keyboardist) featuring 'Kat' Fields. Angus also was known for taking the stage at Shryock Auditorium with Stanley Clarke in a low frequency shootout. There was no clear winner.
Cheers, Richard

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing Combo Audio at Mabel's and um...First Street (?) a few times. Great live show. I found this site after having "Mommy Gave Me Valium" popped into my head out of the blue. Is there a recording of that song floating around?

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Combo Audio has a website Fans and the uninitiated should check it out. It has videos - live and the big production version of Romanticide. My favorite tune - Hi Fidelity could be playing right now. John Kellogg settled in CA and I think can be contacted through that website.

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Romanticide released as a 12" single? Are there any other Combo Audio songs released as a single?

9:07 AM  
Anonymous rick neuhaus said...'s Rick Neuhaus here. Nice to see that we were noticed and remembered. John has a lot of songs that deserve a second life. The 80's was a great time for us. As a band, I thought the song "Military English" represented us most accurately...especially a live, jammed out version!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Jammer said...

That's exactly what I thought!! Great song. I'm looking for more of their music.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Jammer said...

That's exactly what I thought!! Great song. I'm looking for more of their music.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I loved Combo Audio when I went to U of I. Saw them so many times at Mabel's. I had a girlfriend in the 90s who gave me a mix tape of various new wave groups she liked and it had "Romanticide" on it! She was from L.A. No idea how she ever heard Combo Audio back then and she couldn't remember where she got the record. I have to say, listening to the record is nothing like seeing them live. They really were a great show.

2:49 AM  

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