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Ass Ponys was an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band was formed in 1988 from members of Ohio band the Libertines and Midwestern band Gomez. Their sound combines rock and country into an off-kilter blend of Americana music. They have gone on national tours with bands such as Pavement, Throwing Muses, and Possum Dixon. Among other periodicals, they have been featured in Rolling Stone, CMJ, and The Cincinnati Post.
|Origin||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA|
|Genres||Alternative country, country rock|
|Years active||1988–2005, 2015|
|Past members||Bill Alletzhauser|
The Ass Ponys went on hiatus in 2005, after releasing the compilation album The Okra Years – 4 years after their last original material was released in Lohio. More importantly, it appears that core band members are focused on new projects, so new Ass Ponys output seems unlikely any time soon. Vocalist Chuck Cleaver is focusing his attention on a new band, Wussy. Bill Alletzhauser currently fronts the band The Hiders. Randy Cheek plays with The Libertines US, The Fairmount Girls and The Ready Stance. Chuck Cleaver and Randy Cheek performed together at TedxCincinnati in November 2013. In July 2015, the band announced they would play two shows at the Woodward Theater in Cincinnati on Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, 2015.
- Bill Alletzhauser – guitar, slide, banjo, backing vocals (1995–2002)
- Randy Cheek – bass, backing vocals
- Chuck Cleaver – vocals, guitar
- John Erhardt – guitar (1988–1995; 2003–2020) (died May 2020)
- Dan Kleingers – drums (1988–1991)
- Kevin Lung – guitar (1994)
- Dave Morrison – drums, keyboards, backing vocals (1991–2005)
- 1990 – Mr. Superlove (Okra)
- 1993 – Grim (Okra/Safe House)
- 1994 – Electric Rock Music (A&M)
- 1996 – The Known Universe (A&M)
- 2000 – Some Stupid with a Flare Gun (Checkered Past)
- 2001 – Lohio (Checkered Past)
- 1996 – Under Cedars and Stars (A&M)
- 2006 – The Okra Years (Shake It)
- Little Bastard, from Electric Rock Music (#26 on US Billboard Modern Rock)
- DeRogatis, Jim (12 January 2001). "Still kicking butt". Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Ass Pony's – The Okra Years". AllMusic Guide. Archived from the original on 15 November 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- Cohen, Jason (1 December 2009). "The Ballad of Chuck and Lisa". Cincinnati. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- Baker, Brian (28 May 2008). "::new citybeat interview:: hiders seek". Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
Alletzhauser finds lightning striking twice as his new Americana aggregation, The Hiders, bears the enviable -- or perhaps unenviable -- tag of "the hottest unsigned band in America
- "Ass Ponys: Randy Cheek and Chuck Cleaver at TEDxCincinnati". TedxCincinnati. 12 November 2013. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- "Ass Ponys Announce November Reunion Shows". Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
- Baker, Brian (November 11, 2015). "How Ass Were My Ponys". city beat. Retrieved 2016-08-06.
- Sheffield, Rob (August 30, 2001). "The Ass Ponys". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 8 November 2004. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
The Ass Ponys’ America sure is a grim place: all small-town despair, nuclear-family breakdowns, grandmothers who build crucifixes out of matchsticks, kids who torture bugs and grown men who can only explain their existential dread with references to Kung Fu, Scatman Crothers and “Smoke on the Water.”
- Bird, Rick (2000-03-02). "The Word: Veteran local bands head for Austin festival". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. Archived from the original on 2007-03-12.
- Hobart Rowland; Bob Burtman (11 April 1996). "Hillbilly Revenge". Houston Press. Archived from the original on 28 August 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- Ass Ponys discography at MusicBrainz
- Ass Ponys discography at Discogs
- Ass Ponys collection on the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Chuck Cleaver interviews on Outsight Radio Hours
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