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Thinking Plague
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Thinking Plague explores the frontiers where rock, folk, jazz and modern symphonic music meet. Through these explorations, the band has created "a genre of music unto itself, eclectically derivative in a bold way and spectacularly innovative in the old-fashioned sense of genuine originality" (Andy Watson - Journal Wired Summer/Fall 1990). Founded in 1982 by guitarist and composer Mike Johnson, and bassist, drummer and producer Bob Drake, the band has undergone numerous personnel changes, while members have performed with some of the leading avant-progressive artists in the world, including Present, 5uu's, The Science Group, Hamster Theatre, Caveman Shoestore, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Peter Blegvad, Amy Denio, Janet Feder, The Underground Railroad, The Claudia Quintet, and others.
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http://www.generalrubric.com/thinkingplague
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Releases on file (8)
Thinking Plague — Hoping against Hope Thinking Plague — Hoping against Hope
(Cuneiform Rune 421, 2017, CD)
Various Artists — Romantic Warriors II: About Rock in Opposition Various Artists — Romantic Warriors II: About Rock in Opposition
(Zeitgeist Media 2, 2012, DVD)
Thinking Plague — Decline and Fall Thinking Plague — Decline and Fall
(Cuneiform Rune 320, 2011, CD)
Thinking Plague — A History of Madness Thinking Plague — A History of Madness
(Cuneiform Rune 180, 2003, CD)
Thinking Plague — Upon Both Your Houses Thinking Plague — Upon Both Your Houses
(NEARfest Records NFR004, 2000/2004, CD)
Thinking Plague — In Extremis Thinking Plague — In Extremis
(Cuneiform Rune 114, 1998, CD)
Thinking Plague — In This Life Thinking Plague — In This Life
(Cuneiform Rune 407, 1989/2015, CD)
Thinking Plague — Early Plague Years Thinking Plague — Early Plague Years
(Cuneiform Rune 141, 1986/2000, CD)

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2020-03-17
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