Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Flying Mobilemouth Brothers: Legend or Myth?

In the annals of pop music history, few groups are as enigmatic (or non-existent) as The Flying Mobilemouth Brothers. They are only whispered about in hushed, possibly reverent tones by just a few people.Their only performance is said to have been on The Ed Sullivan Show in support of The Pizza Spins. 

Their names might have been Ken Thomas and Rod Harry--the birth records were damaged and are barely legible. Rumor has it that they formed a band called Tom and Harry Without Dick, but no recordings have ever been found-- not even the 3" reel-to-reel demos--the "Holy Grail" tapes that Mobilemouth scholars debate the existence of on internet forums to this very day.

Photos of the duo are exceedingly rare, even the ones displayed here cannot be confirmed to actually be of the pair in question.  They were known for their eclectic dress, though; sometimes flowery, sometimes utilitarian.  Sometimes they looked as though they had just emerged from a pile of goo.

Even the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery. We here at TSG can only wonder what might have been, whether the two might have gone on to superstardom and multi-night sold out gigs. Oh, if things had only been a little different! Nevertheless, we salute the brothers Mobilemouth...wherever they may or may not  be.