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History

The  Skeptics   

1966-1967

September, 1966:  A group of junior high school students get together and form a band called The Skeptics.  The lineup is: Dave Hoit on rhythm guitar and lead vocals; Phil Brigham on lead guitar and vocals; Larry Lenzmeier on keyboards; Craig Swanson on bass guitar and vocals; and Fane Opperman on drums.  All members are fourteen years old and attend Capitol View Junior High in Little Canada.

September, 1966 – 1967:  The group plays hit songs of the time, including covers by Chuck Berry, The Kingsmen, Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett.  In addition, the band plays songs from British Invasion bands including The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals and The Rolling Stones.  The band performs at school parties, private parties and frat houses at the University of Minnesota.  The band plays a Battle of the Bands at the Har Mar Mall, facing off against a rival band from their own school, The LTD’s.

June, 1967:  The band plays at the Spicer Ballroom.

August, 1967:  The band plays at the B-Sharp Booth at the Teen Fair area at the Minnesota State Fair.  The Skeptics come to an end. 

UPDATE:

1975: Phil, Fane and Craig play a Skeptics reunion concert at The Uptown Bar in Minneapolis. 

In January, 2011, Craig Swanson reports that only one photo of The Skeptics is known to exist.  The photo of the band was taken in 1966 by the mother of Fane Opperman, in the basement of the Opperman home, where the band practiced. 

 

Photos

CDs

(cds here)

Bandtree

The  Skeptics                __         BAND  TREE      

 

The  Skeptics  1966  to  1967

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Dave  Hoit                                                           The  Skeptics

Rhythm  Guitar  /  Vocals                                   

1966  to  1967

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Phil  Brigham                                                      The  Skeptics

Lead  Guitar  /  Vocals                                          The  Green  Light

1966  to  1967                                                      The  Inner  Outlet

                                                                             Citadel 

                                                                             Winslow  Savage  (Paris)

                                                                             Clinic  (Paris)

                                                                             Ten  Rod  Road  (MA)

                                                                             Easy  Living

                                                                             Wild  Oats  (MA)

                                                                             Hickory  Wind  (MA)

                                                                             Mixed  Company  (MA)

                                                                             Redeye  (MA)

                                                                             Yankee  Jack  (MA)

                                                                             Incognito  (MA)

                                                                             Unity  (MA)

                                                                             Bandit  (MA)

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Larry  Lenzmeier                                                The  Skeptics

Keyboards                                                            The  Inner  Outlet 

1966  to  1967                                                      Ding  Dong  and  the  Doorbells

                                                                             _?_______(Moved  to  CA)

                                                                             Mercury  Control

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Craig  Swanson                                                  The Skeptics

Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals                                          The  Inner  Outlet

1966  to  1967                                                     13th  Floor  Elevators (TX)

                                                                             Ding  Dong  and  The  Doorbells

                                                                             Ginger

                                                                             Tramp

                                                                             The  Wombats

                                                                             The  Natives

                                                                             Shadow

                                                                             The  Wailin’ Aliens

                                                                             The  Strobes

                                                                             The  Raydons

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Fane  Opperman                                                 The  Skeptics

Drummer                                                              The  Green  Light

1966  to  1967                                                      Rush

                                                                             Looking  Glass

                                                                             Midwest

                                                                             Cain

                                                                             Ten  Rod  Road  (MA)

                                                                             Easy  Living

Where are they now?

The  Skeptics        Where  Are  They  Now  ?     

 

The  Skeptics  1966 – 1967                                            

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Dave  Hoit                                                           Active  in  Music               

Ryhthm   Guitar  /  Vocals                                            No

Doing  What  ?………………………………………….   Living  in  Minnesota

 

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Phil  Brigham                                                      Active  in  Music               

Lead  Guitar  /  Vocals                                                  Yes

Doing  What  ?………………………………….   Jobbing  in  Massachusetts

 

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Larry  Lenzmeier                                                Active  in  Music               

Keyboards                                                                     Unknown

Doing  What  ?…………………………………………………………   Unknown

 

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Craig  Swanson                                                   Active  in  Music               

Bass  Guitar  /  Vocals                                                  YES

Doing  What  ?……………..   Recording  Engineer  /  Producer  /  Musician 

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Fane  Opperman                                                 Active  in  Music               

Drums                                                                           YES

Doing  What  ?…………………….   Voting  Member  of  Grammy  Awards

 

Interview

(interview here)