Doug Hream Blunt

Doug Hream Blunt learnt to play music at the age of 35, by taking an adult class in the late 1980s.


'Finally, an audience for funk’s frazzled oddball' — The Guardian

The class was organised by a high school music teacher and his wife, and held in their small garage in the Golden Gate Park neighbourhood of San Francisco. The other students of the class became Doug’s band members, while his teacher joined on vibes, and his wife on bass. To promote his music, Doug would play acoustic, solo shows for patients and elderly people at a hospital where he worked as a nurse’s aid. On a few occasions, he also brought the other students together to play on the City Visions Public Access television show.

What followed was a private press album of a kind of raw outsider soul music that soon drifted into undeserved obscurity. Due to a few keen­eared crate diggers, Doug’s music was saved from oblivion and passed around enough to enjoy a small cult following by the likes of Ariel Pink and Dam­Funk. His music eventually saw wider release by Luaka Bop in 2015 with My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt.

'There’s the spirit of the Troggs, the Shaggs, and Half Japanese to the grooves, something unlearned yet impossible to replicate' — Pitchfork

'…a hazy mix of tropical R&B, off-kilter soul and sexed-up 80s fun…k' — The Guardian

'unique…refreshingly down-to-earth… bizarre, but complex' — The Times


Mark Slater