The Rousers at first consisted of three friends from Weston, CT. who had played together in highschool bands under such names as "Billy Universe and the Satellites" and "Step n'fetchit". That would be Jerid O'Connell, Tom Milmore and Bill Dickson. Our big faves were the New York Dolls. Bill Dickson and Jerid O'Connell were then art students at the School of Visual Arts. One of Bill's classmates was design student Jeff Buckland. Among other things, Jeff and Bill shared a keen appreciation of the soulful Negro pop typified by Ben E. King. Jeff joined the Rousers as the lead singer. Tom Milmore at the time was taking audio engineering classes, driving a van for some outfit in Norwalk, CT., and playing bass in a band. Fellow Westonite John Hannah was then running through his inheritance in St. Thomas, trying to make a restaurant survive. It didn't. We hailed him back to play bass, and he did.
Disgruntled with the Rouser experience, Jeff Buckland quit. The Rousers quickly found a replacement in Michael Hatfield, a Brooklyn barber (or "hair stylist") with an eccentric, operatic vocal manner. (Michael's half-brother(?) Kenny Hatfield is a well regarded guitar player (especially by himself)). During this time, we met and took on Bob "Mr. Beebob" Rowland as a manager. We liked him so well we bought him a satin baseball jacket. We earned some excellent reviews in New York Rocker and other pubs and began to draw crowds, based more on Michael's intimidation of his acquaintances than on anything else; in short, we began to pull together as a band and to leave Buckland in the dust. Or so we thought.. .
Buckland Bounces Back: 1979-1982
Realizing that Michael made us uncomfortable (he is very intense), we asked Jeff to rejoin, an offer he accepted.
"It's Just Business. . .": 1980
In an action that haunts to this day, Bill, Tom and Jeff were persuaded by the addled minds of Idlewild Entertainment to kick Jerid and John (the rhythm section) out of the band. Swell thing to do to your friends, eh? But we did it. We were convinced that our careerist cruelty was justified. Maybe it was, but fame and fortune were not forthcoming. . .
Fresh Meat: 1980-82
Sal "King" Capazucca: Drums
Brett "Wildman" Wilder: Bass
It's the 80's, man
Here they come again: 1997
And there they go... 1999 and beyond
Nowadays: Fall of 2016