The band won
MTV's "Basement Tapes"
competition in 1985, and their video "Dog Police"
scored 400,000 hits on YouTube. The video sensation led to a
sitcom television pilot called "Dog Police” starring Adam
Sandler & Jeremy Piven.
The core members of the band dressed up as dogs
and played a skewed new wave pop music
reminiscent of Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention,
and Weird Al Yankovic. In Fact, tickled by the group’s
silliness, Weird Al Yankovic, featured them on his MTV music
One critic summed up public reaction to the song
"Dog Police" thus: Some people loved it. Some reacted
to it by simply screaming for three minutes. Still
others forgot it existed until months later, when the
chorus suddenly lodged itself in their heads while
they were mowing the lawn, after which it proceeded
to loop morning, noon, and night for many days
This release contains all ten of the album's original
tracks, plus three previously unreleased songs.
Dog Police, was formed in 1985 by keyboardist Tony
Thomas, bassist Sam Shoup, and drummer Tom
Lonardo, who, as the Tony Thomas Trio, have been
among the musical elite of Memphis since 1979.