|Members: Jay Wilfong, guitar and vocals; Gary Dunn, bass; Jerry DeRome, drums|
The concept for Buccaneer seems to have been in the works for years before the only, self-titled, LP was released in 1980. It has been described as progressive, psychedelic, bluesy hard-rock with album concept, liner-notes and artwork centered around the theme of Pirates. Guitarist and vocalist Jay Wilfong, who had been a member of legendary Indiana proto-metal band Primevil, along with bassist Gary Dunn and drummer Jerry DeRome used years of savings to construct a publicity push including radio and tv adds, posters, eye-patches and more, that, coupled with the album’s release, created a fervor among fans around Indianapolis leading up to a two-night show at the Indiana Convention Center in February, 1981. While reports from the concert vary, the band would fail to produce further output, but live on in growing lore as innovative creators of pre-concert hype.
The only LP, released on the label Blunderbuss Records originally included two 45 singles. It was recorded at Indiana’s famous 700 West Studios. There were two distinct pressings of the LP, with slightly different covers. The album was also available on cassette.
Jay Wilfong also co-owned the Programme Audio label with Dave Scott, which primarily released country and bluegrass records during the 1970’s. He moved to Nashville, TN in the 1980’s and records and releases music under the name “Dr. Fong”. He has reissued Buccaneer on CD as well.
|Related Artists: Poverty Programme, Primevil, Moe Whittemore, Dan Modlin & Dave Scott|