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DETROIT 1977-1983

Mr. Unique

Formed in Detroit in 1977 as Mr. Unique & the Leisure Suits, they got their start as the opening act for The Mumps (featuring Lance Loud) and local favorites like Flirt and Destroy All Monsters. In the following years, they managed to amuse, annoy, and antagonize all manner of audiences before finally releasing their four-song EP, Mr. Unique & the Leisure Class in 1983.

Mr. Unique and the Leisure Suits
1977-1978

Mr. Unique
Dimitri Mugianis - vocals
Jeff Mullins - guitar
Ted Moniak - mandolin, vocals
Brian Garwood - bass
Glenn Johnson - drums, vocals

PERFORMANCES:
Bookie's Club 870 - Detroit, MI - March 1978
(with The Mumps and The Denizens)

AUDIO: Eat Eggs (rehearsal) 1977

1978-1979

Mr. Unique
Dimitri Mugianis - vocals
Dave Rice - guitar, bass
James Myers - guitar, bass
Glenn Johnson - drums, vocals
and sometimes:
Ted Moniak - mandolin, vocals

PERFORMANCES:
The Silverbird - Detroit, MI

AUDIO: Weekemd Punk (excerpt) 1979

Leisure Suits 1979-1980

Mr. Unique
Dimitri Mugianis - vocals
John E. Louder (Howard Glazer) - guitar
Scotch Hiballs (Bob Godwin) - bass, tuba
Glenn Johnson - drums, vocals

PERFORMANCES:
The Red Carpet, The Silverbird - Detroit, MI
Nunzio's - Lincoln Park, MI
The Roeper School - Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Garden Theater - Columbus, OH


"Now let me get this straight.
The guy doesn't sing, he doesn't play an instrument,
but you can't go on without him?"

Uncle Russ Gibb
legendary Detroit disk jockey and promoter

Mr. Unique and the Leisure Class
1981

Mr. Unique
Dimitri Mugianis - vocals
Dan Porvin - guitar
Sal Monella (Michael Tudor) - guitar
Greg Gilmore - bass
Matthew J. Karp (Dan Matuszczak) - saxes, flute, bass clarinet
Stan Johnson - trumpet
Glenn Johnson - drums, percussion, piano, vocals

AUDIO: Oh Hell Those Bells (excerpt) 1981
Punish Me (excerpt) 1981

1981-1983

Mr. Unique
Dimitri Mugianis - vocals
Dan Porvin - guitar
Sal Monella (Michael Tudor) - guitar
Chris James (Chris McGorey) - bass
Matthew J. Karp (Dan Matuszczak) - saxes, flute, bass clarinet
Stan Johnson, Guy Zublin - trumpet
Glenn Johnson - drums, percussion, piano, organ, harmonica, tin whistle

and sometimes:
Bruce Davison - violin
Joey LaJoie - tenor sax
Brian Longshaw - saxes, bassoon
Dena Raptis - piano, vocals
Sophia Raptis - vocals

AUDIO: It's All True (excerpt) 1982

PERFORMANCES:
Mr. Unique and Toothless Vengeance
The Heart Gallery - Lincoln Park, MI

Mr. Unique and the Leisure Class
Community Arts Gallery at Wayne State University, Alvin's, Clutch Cargo’s, The Freezer Theater, The Red Carpet Lounge, Traxx, The Ranch, The Roostertail, The (Old) New Miami, The City Club - Detroit, MI
The Roeper School - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Paycheck's - Hamtramck, MI
The Freestyle - Redford, MI
Bunches - East Lansing, MI
Second Chance - Ann Arbor, MI

Mr. Unique and the Leisure Class



"You are the worst people I ever met."

"Mama" Thomas
landlady

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