There wasn’t much reason to think anything would come of Richie Wise’s project in the late 1960s, when the guitarist/singer signed up two teenagers to form a power trio.
And, in fact, the band that came to be called Dust managed just two albums before it dissolved.
Dust nonetheless carved a niche, however brief, that established them as one of the earliest heavy metal bands — along with the MC5 and other underappreciated rockers.
And they certainly made their mark after they disbanded in 1973.
Dust released their self-titled debut in 1971, and followed up with Hard Attack in 1972. The albums featured hard, jam-based tunes — but lacked the structure and consistency to bring them any significant public or critical acclaim.
But don’t feel bad for these guys. Wise went on to a successful career in music production, with credits that included The Stories and Kiss, who he co-produced with Dust lyricist and manager Kenny Kerner.
Bass player Kenny Aaronson later joined The Stories when Ian Lloyd gave up bass and took up full-time frontman duties. Over the years, Aaronson also played alongside guitar wiz Rick Derringer, Foghat, Dave Edmunds, Graham Parker, Leslie West, Sammy Hagar, Hall & Oates and even Bob Dylan.
But it was drummer Marc Bell who probably got to the biggest stage. After Dust disbanded, Bell signed on with Richard Hell and the Voidoids before signing on with punk legends The Ramones. Bell changed his stage name to Marky Ramone and replaced founding drummer Tommy Ramone when he departed.
(NOTE: This is part of an occasional Listening Room series I’ll be doing on noted rockers and where they came from. JF)
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