The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that divers were unsuccessful in locating Dennis Flemion, one half of the cult-rock duo the Frogs, after he went missing Saturday July 7 swimming in a Wisconsin lake on a boating trip with his family. He is presumed dead at age 57.
Flemion, with his brother Jimmy, founded the Milwaukee lo-fi group the Frogs in 1980. Known for their controversial subject matter, vulgar song titles (“Grandma’s Sitting in the Corner With a Penis in Her Hand…” is a good one) and DIY home recordings, the Flemions never made the Frogs a particularly mainstream or easily-accessible act.
However, after the release of 1989’s It’s Only Right And Natural the brothers developed a passionate and dedicated underground fan base and began to be recognized by many respected and well-known ’90s alt-rock musicians like Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan. The band digitally released two albums—Squirrel Bunny Jupiter Deluxe and Count Your Blessingsz—just before Dennis’ disappearance, which due to the tragedy may be the last.
For more you can read this personal and heartfelt statement from Gerard Cosloy, a close friend and long-time representative of the band on the Homestead and Matador record labels. Also, check out a 1997 live performance of the song “Homos” by the Frogs in Chicago below.