The Premier Late '70s Phoenix, Arizona Garage Rock Band

 

 

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Once upon a time in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, there lived a rock and roll band like no other the world had ever seen. Composed of five brave souls, SPROUT was a relatively short-lived but extraordinarily unique experiment in the art of garage-based rock and roll.

 

Formed by high school pals John Bueker and Paul Delgado in 1976, SPROUT burst onto the local music scene (and we mean local) with such memorable songs as "Moon Child," "Space Ghost," "Phoenix Police," and "No Soup for Fat Man." The band's all too brief but remarkably intense career reached its zenith with their second and final public performance on December 31, 1978, after which the group disbanded and went their separate ways. Such is the nature of extremely concentrated talent.

 

 

SPROUT's line-up consisted of:

 

Cecil Beaver (Charles Bueker), lead guitar

Jason Beaver (John Bueker), rhythm guitar

Pete Demon (Paul Delgado), bass guitar

Dean Ozone (Dan Ozment), vocals and harp

Barney (Jeff Barnett), drums

 

The band's drummer, Jeff Barnett, was simply referred to as Barney. This was many years before the purple dinosaur of the same name first appeared on TV, a fine example of Sprout's farsightedness.

 

John Bueker enjoyed a brief career as a solo artist with the release of his album Re-Knob in 1980. He is rumored to have been writing and recording music in seclusion ever since. Charles Bueker went on to become a successful engineer in the aerospace industry. Paul Delgado passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 1997. Dan Ozment lives and works somewhere in the middle of Kansas, and still occasionally writes songs. Jeff Barnett's whereabouts are completely unknown, but he must be around here somewhere.

 

There are persistent reports of a SPROUT reunion taking place in 2024 (or 2025 or 2026, who really knows) with the long-awaited release of "SPROUT Anthology." Details are pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"They didn't have no money

and they didn't have no fame,
but poor men eat dead apples

and they think it's all the same."

 

-- from "The Ballad of Sprout"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discography

Sprout  (1977)

Phoenix Police

Plate Man

Piss Chocolate Milk

Space Ghost

No Soup for Fatman

The 'La' Song

Little Things You Do

Extra Tendon

Yellow Ice Cream

 

Big Q Restaurant  (1978)

 

Mind Busters

Moon Child

The Ballad of Sprout

Oh Yeah

Butt Butt

Around and Around

Operation Tit Squeeze

The Last Time

A Day to Remember

Big Q Boogie

 

Adult Situations  (Unreleased)

 

We Will

Secular Humanist

Think You'll Do

Sold the Farm

What You Have

Love Me Too

Going Away

Backstreet Buddies

We're Going to Hell

Fred is My Friend

Too Tough to Care

It's a Sin

Adult Situation

The Dog's Laundry

 

 

 

Pete and Jason, 1978.

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Selected Lyrics

 

"Phoenix Police"
by John Bueker

 

Driving home from Mars it was a Saturday night
Dead stone drunk but feelin' all right
A cop car sees me swerving down the street
Turns on his lights and my meat is beat

 

V.C. and the boys they play pretty loud
But Sprout's the group that draws a crowd

V.C. and the boys they play pretty loud
But Sprout's the group that draws a crowd

 



"No Soup for Fat Man"
by John Bueker

 

Driving to the liquor store
Drunk and high but want some more
Buy a quart of old Schlitz Malt
Fat man says it's not his fault


No soup for fat
No soup for man
No soup for Fat Man


No soup for fat
No soup for man
No soup for Fat Man

 



"Moon Child"
by John Bueker and Dan Ozment

 

Moon child you're wastin' away
Moon child you're here to stay
Moon child you're playin' on the Milky Way

 

Moon child you're driftin' in space
Moon child I'm takin' your place
Moon child we're floatin' in outer space

 

We'll travel to a star
Although they're very far
Saturn's on the way
We'll be there any day

 

Moon child you're wastin' away
Moon child you're here to stay
Moon child you're playin' on the Milky Way

 


 

"Oh Yeah"
by Dan Ozment

 

I don't smoke marijuana

I don't take LSD

So, pretty mama

Keep that fucking stuff

away from me

 

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

 

I don't smoke marijuana

I don't take LSD

So, pretty mama

Keep that fucking stuff

away from me

 

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

 



"The Ballad of Sprout"
by Sprout

 

On our way to Disneyland we met a freaky girl
She said she knew the name of the best rock band in the world
They didn't have no money and they didn't have no fame
But poor men eat dead apples and they think it's all the same

 

On our way to stardom we encountered quite a snag
We found out that our manager was living with a fag

The "Shotgun" ride at Disneyland was really quite a thrill

All the bastards fall off, they're destined to kill

 

Take a trip downtown with me
We'll eat lunch at the Cinnamon Tree
Any time you'd like to go
I'll be there, just let me know

 

Downtown people are enough to drive you mad
They'll push you and they'll shove you and they'll make you feel bad
So if you don't believe me well you'd better take my word
'Cause downtown people are the worst I've ever heard

 


 

"The Dog's Laundry"

by John Bueker

 

Dog needs his clothes clean

He's slimy, you know what I mean

All the other dog hate him, he has to hide his clothes from them

Oh, who stole my dog's laundry?

 

God, what will he wear?

They even got his spotted, polka-dotted underwear

And all the other dogs hate him, but we got ways of getting back at them

Tell me, who stole my dog's laundry?

 

Yeah all the other dogs hate him, we have to hide his clothes from them

So who stole the dog's laundry?

 


 

 

 

Sprout reunion, August 2013. Barney, Dean, Cecil and Jason.

 


 

 

 


 

Music and lyrics 1977, 1978, 2018 by Mud Puppy Music Ltd.

Web Site 2001-23 by SPROUT Records Inc.

 

Site last updated: 30 September 2023

 

SPROUT fan mail and inquiries can be sent here: SPROUT Records

 

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