Mike Dugan was one of the mikes on stage along with racky, shure and electrovoice. He is the foremost rust belt blues guitarist in the past 100 years.
Dugan jammed with Jeff, Rich and Racky in the summer of 1972 in a Montclair State dormitory and lent his name to the original band. Dugan's Boy . They played one gig under that name at Dempsey's in the Oranges. The bartender, who had a dubious reputation, asked if he could provide the band with musical equipment. "Just write down what you want and my friends will take care of it. It's how Sinatra got his start."
Mike had previously played with Spence in a lounge band in the greater Philadelphia area.
Besides instrumentation excellence, Mike penned several of the Mad Fables songs, among them Bad 'Nuff Boogie, Pimpin' Down Pine, and The Autumn Song.
Mike enjoyed playing different styles and he sometimes switched to mandolin in their countrified music selections. He is a quintessential lead guitarist and a seasoned performer. Mike has been playing throughout the United States for over forty-five years. If you have the chance, do not miss this guy in concert.
You can visit Mike's fantastic web site at mikedugan.com to learn more about his incredible career.
Jeff Hays is a force to be reckoned with. His bass playing demonstrates this.
Jeff, bass guitarist for Mad Fables, was described by a radio announcer as the Abraham Lincoln of the group. He alluded to Jeff being the link between the North and South New Jersey cultures. Jeff had previously played in a band with Rich Rheiner (Pygmailion) and along with Mike Dugan, the three had their roots in Gloucester County.
The Mad Fables bassist contains a well of energy from which the Fables music often dipped its cup. Jeff's upright bass is larger than the Hammond organ, and he attacks it with the ferocity of a conquering hero. He wrote several songs (Cold NJ Night, Thunder 747,etc.) and collaborated with other Fables on some (Dewey Dilton,Never flown South,etc.)
Someone once said that if you liked a band, it meant you liked the playing of the bass player. (It wasn't Jeff who said this). But whoever said it was right on -- the bottom is the core, the essence. A career bassist, Jeff has played across the United States, most recently playing with Racky in California, 2011. If you live where Mad Fables played during the seventies, you can still experience the Hays machination at special events in your area. The rest of the world has to wait.
Spencer Hill is a multi-talented individual, playing drums, keyboards and clarinet.
When he was with the Fables, Spence provided the steady beats and driving rhythms, and sang harmony on many of the tunes.
He was the only non-New Jersey member of the group (from Bethesda, Maryland). Having previously played with Mike Dugan, he immediately clicked with the original sound of Mad Fables.
Once, after he showed up more than an hour late for the very regular practice session in Blairstown, he was surrounded by the other peeved band members. Each grabbing one of his limbs, they carried him over to the side of the stagnant pond on the property. And, on three, he was heaved into the green water. Spence said it was a waltz since they counted to three.
Post Fables, he bought a classic XP-80 synthesizer and composed a wide genre of music. Spencer is active in the Washington, D.C. area music scene. You can visit his web site at The Unforgiven to learn more about his post Fable doings.Community
Mike Radtke , keyboardist, was on the left side of the stage (from his recollection) -- if you viewed it from the right side. In that corner was the bionic Hammond organ and a Wurlitzer electric piano, and at times, a ventriloquist dummy.
Mike finished a college degree during the first four months that the band lived together. Eight people shared the Belleville house known as the Enchanted Castle. That winter was brrrr cold -- everyone huddled around the oven to keep warm after there was no more furniture to burn in the fireplace.
Radtke was the most prolific songwriter of the band, but truth be told he had a head start -- writing some thirty songs before the band was formed.
At one time or another, Radtke was also seen playing a harmonica, banjo, accordion and sax; probably all at once. He says he knows cowboy-chords on guitar, but if you look at his fingers, no cowboy played chords like that.
Radtke has so many nicknames it's hard to google this guy. He might answer the call of "Michael", "Mike", "Mick", "Racky", and "Hey you". He currently performs as the Multiple Personality Quartet.Community
Richard C Rheiner
Rich Rheiner, guitarist, was doubly blessed with talent and wielded a artistic pencil as well as his singing Telecaster. He used his exceptional graphical ability to draw all the backdrops, the album covers,some mailing list flyers, and even the side of the mail truck turned equipment carrier.
With Mad Fables, Rheiner played the Telecaster and shimmied the hawaiian steel guitar. His fast-paced licks and/or ethereal slide tones in all of the songs engaged the listener beyond the scope of the song's enhancement.
Rich's original songs were uniquely adventures into the sound spectrum: Night Noise, Bone Dry,Tune Changer. His original songs are all beyond top notch, ready for assimilation.
You can hear some of Rich's latest stuff on SoundcloudCommunity
Dennis Alichwer was not on stage. It's somewhat unusual for the sound engineer to be included in a band's lineup, but Dennis was extraordinary at his job and had much to do with blending the musical performance into a coherent sounscape. He is more than the sixth Mad Fable since he has been the archivist who stored boxes of magnetically coated plastic tapes over the past thirty years.
Dennis created the Live 3 CD boxset in 1997 (see production notes) while he was head engineer at Fantasy Records in Berkeley. He has been the integral impetus for changes and fresh material on these Mad Fable sites for the past twenty years, and was instrumental in publishing four concerts to archive.org. He currently hosts the YouTube channel to which this site links its videos
Contrary to rumors, when this picture was taken, Dennis was not portraying the werewolf for "I Was a Teenage Werewolf". Instead he was doing the Wolverine for X-Men.