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TUSKO FATALE was formed in the late 80's when singer/songwriter/psychonaut David Orr met drummer/recording engineer Bob Gurske. Originally it was a recording project exploring the effects of psychoactive plants (entheogens) on musical composition. Shortly after its inception, guitarist Donnie Kepley joined the band giving Tusko the opportunity to perform its music live.
In 1990 'Roo Records released the self title album TUSKO FATALE containing such songs as 'Psychoactive Salad Bar' and 'The Unfortunate Elephant' (which was named after the ill fated 1962 LSD experiment that led to the death of the Lincoln Park Zoo elephant Tusko in Oklahoma City). 'Roo Records released Tusko's second album 'Prick (of the Pedro)' in 1993. This was Tusko's tribute to the San Pedro cactus though it also contained the song 'Yage' which was about the ayahuasca 'experience'. 'Roo Records released Tusko's 'The Master's Gone' and 'Working for Lorne Greene' in 1995 on the 'Soundings' compilation. Tusko Fatale's 'Bryce, the Skunkman & You' was released the same year on 'Roo's 'Expedition Series #1.
TUSKO FATALE stopped recording and performing in 1997.
In 2007 Alex Boese released his book 'Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments'. The book cited the ill fated 1962 LSD experiment with TUSKO the elephant and talked about its effect on popular culture mentioning TUSKO FATALE and quoting David's lyrics in the song 'The Unfortunate Elephant'(see the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmjhY4Iupzc&feature=related
David released an acoustic version of a previously unreleased TUSKO FATALE song called 'It's a Pity' in
2008 (see the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlvuYVKO4E8
TUSKO FATALE reformed in 2009 and performed a reunion show at the Norva in Norfolk, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, they started writing and recording new material. The song/video 'The Ghost of a Hurricane' was released in early 2011 (see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utH0WSWBtCw).
TUSKO FATALE'S drummer, Bob Gurske died unexpectedly on July 4, 2011. The band then released their song/video 'Arr... Ain't No Brouhaha' in late 2011 and dedicated the video in memory of Bob (see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaZCetjwEIg).
In 2012 TUSKO FATALE released their video for 'Bryce, the Skunkman and You' (see video at:
Tusko Fatale was included in ' Hardcore Norfolk: A Story of Rock 'n' Roll Survival', a documentary about the Rock 'n' Roll music scene in Norfolk, VA and surrounding cities from the 1950's to today.
David has continued to write new material for TUSKO, which he and Donnie are currently working on.
In May of 2014, TUSKO FATALE released their single 'It's a Pity'. David and Donnie were joined in the studio by Bryan Forrest on guitar and Mike Griffith on drums.
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