Here we have a rather whacky American new wave group called Dog Police that was formed in Memphis, TN by band leader Sam Shoup. They seemed to have played and entertained in the mid 80's..for the most part. The core group was made up of three members that dressed up as..well…dogs. Their music was a skewed new wave pop that reminds one of the wise-guy word play from the Los Angeles brother duo Sparks.
They entered into the MTV basement tapes competition in 1985 and came out victorious with an inventive and quite entertaining video of what would be their anthem tinged album title song. There was another video made for the song 1-800, which pokes fun at television marketing ads and their toll free 800 numbers…. They obviously garnered some attention in alternative music circles and were subsequently able to produce this lone full length album via Music Masters. Not surprisingly wild man Weird Al Yankovic was enamored by the group’s silliness and featured them on his short lived MTV music video show. A lost new wave pop obscurity….
DOG POLICE music video (MTV basement tapes)
1-800 music video (turn up the volume on this video, it’s low)
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