When Josh was only 5 years old he came across a vision on the television that would stick with him for the rest of his life. It was of a man constructing a glove with knives on the fingers. As he watched this movie he became frightened as the man with a green and red shirt, fedora hat, and knives on his fingers started chasing a girl through a boiler room, scraping the knives on metal objects causing terrible screeching sounds. He quickly ran into his bedroom and crawled under the covers. As he sat there he grew curious and poked his head out from under the covers turned the T.V. on and watch the remainder of the film and the rest is history. From then on Josh Browning was a horror movie fan, and refuses to let go of his childhood obsession with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger and all the other great horror movie icons. Also at a young age Josh's mother turned him on to music. A product of the 80's Josh grew up with the likes of Prince, Billy Joel, The Police, and Rick Springfield, just to name a few. Music also had a tremendous effect on Josh's life. In high school he began playing the drums, and has since moved on to playing bass, guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin. Josh has been in a few bands, most notable are the bands Three, and Compound F, both fairly popular his home town of Panama City, Florida. Josh now writes and records his own music, and is trying to make a name for himself as a songwriter. In May 2005, Josh married his high school sweetheart Jenny Lou Strickland. They have been a couple for going on 11 years and have been married 4. Josh lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, 2 dogs, and cat. On a typical day you can find Josh sitting at his computer playing his guitar, or catch him at a theater seeing a movie, or at the Naro Expanded Cinema renting movies to put into his storage locker of a brain.
In the early 2000’s I was introduced to Dog Fashion Disco, a band not like any other I had ever heard. The first time I listened to one of their songs I distinctly remember thinking they would fit right in as the house band in hell! That is if hell were a 24/7 circus. Their music is a blend of metal, prog rock, jazz, circus, and elevator music. The lyrical content is just as entertaining as the music with themes pertaining to murder (“Headless” from 2001’s Anarchists of Good Taste), serial killers (“Pogo the Clown” from 2003’s Committed to a Bright Future), pornography and satanic cowboys (“Pervert” and “The Satanic Cowboy” from 2000’s The Embryo’s In Bloom), and bad acid trips (“The Acid Memoirs” also from 2003’s Committed…).
I was lucky enough to see Dog Fashion Disco live not once, but twice! And both experiences were very odd circumstances. The first time I saw them was at a club in Pensacola, Florida. They were still an unsigned band doing a tour on there own and my friend Rachel and I had heard their demo and loved it. So we got in the car and drove 2 hours away to see them. When we arrived at the club it wasn’t open. It seemed as though there wasn’t even a show that night. We walked around the back of the club to find the band in their van. They said they had been their all day and no one had come to let them in to set up or sound check. We sat and talked with them for a while until someone finally came and opened the club. By that time we were on a first name basis with the band, and they were so surprised that we came to see them that they put us on their guest list for the night. After getting inside and setting up, they came over and asked us if we wanted to hear any particular songs that night, so we pretty much picked the set list for the show. In the end, the only people that came to the show were us, and about 5 others. Even with such a bad turnout they performed like they were in front of thousands of fans. It is a show that will forever be a great memory for me. The second time I saw them was in someones back yard, with back yard wrestling and motor cross! But, that is a whole other post!
Even though Dog Fashion Disco is now defunct, I still listen to them constantly. I think they were way ahead of their time. They were from Baltimore, Maryland and played their final show on January 13th in 2007. I urge anyone of Zombie Popcorn’s readers to check out their discography, you’ll find their music is very entertaining and enjoyable.Their cover of Frankie Valli’s “Grease” is Amazing!
2000 – The Embryo’s in Bloom
2001 – Anarchists of Good Taste
2003 – Committed to a Bright Future
2004 – Day of the Dead EP
2006 – Adultery
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