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Joe Jack Talcum, Coolzey, Ricky Deschamp

You probably don’t recognize the name Joe Jack Talcum immediately — if at all — considering it’s the alias of a guy better known (albeit slightly) as Joe Genaro. And he’s better known as the nasally voice of the Dead Milkmen. Punk and alt-rock fans of a certain age have fond memories of the “are they serious?” vibe Dead Milkmen brought to songs like “Punk Rock Girl” and “Bitchin’ Camaro.” In the ’80s, Genaro and his band became college-radio favorites and landed a major-label deal with songs poking fun at rock clichés and the wannabes we’d now refer to as hipsters (I’m particularly fond of “The Thing That Only Eats Hippies”). While the Milkmen broke up for nearly 10 years, they reunited in 2008, with Genaro continuing his solo career with a slew of recordings as Joe Jack Talcum (among other monikers) that will definitely please Dead Milkmen fans.

— Dan Nailen

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