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Ruins of Rome

by The Nelsonics

Their infectious sound combines influences ranging from 60s mod to surf rock into one soulful go-go groove.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. International Jet Set
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2:12 album only
2. X-Ray Skinny
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2:54 album only
3. Soul Skippin'
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2:15 album only
4. My Toyota
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2:56 album only
5. Come N' Get Me
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3:46 album only
6. Forbidden Harem
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2:49 album only
7. Date with Danielle
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2:22 album only
8. Go Go Motorscooter
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2:03 album only
9. Ruins of Rome
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2:57 album only
10. My Convalescence
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3:32 album only
11. Mission 2 Mod
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2:34 album only
12. Let's Go To Mexico
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Album Notes
THE NELSONICS have left the Woody at home in Milwaukee and hopped across the pond for a whirlwind tour of Europe armed with nothing but a rented "Go Go Motorscooter" and a CD of the grooviest tunes of the year, namely RUINS OF ROME - the coolest new party record on the international scene.

You can't help but get moving when THE NELSONICS take the stage. Their infectious sound combines influences ranging from 60s mod to surf rock into one soulful go-go groove. The Nelsonics formed in 2001, taking audiences by storm with their high-energy live show. The following summer, released the band's debut LP - which received rave reviews for its blend of instrumental grooves, organ-based R&B, Latin rhythms, big beat hooks and reverb-drenched guitar.

RUINS OF ROME comes complete with 11 original gems that showcase a musical maturity not usually found in the genre plus one adventurous cover of Midwest legends The Bent Scepters (aka The Diplomats of Solid Sound).

THE NELSONICS are Don Nelson (drums, percussion, vocals), Don Turner (organ, sax, theremin, vocals), Terry Vittone (guitar, vocals), and Jon Ziegler (bass, vocals). Collectively, they set the standard in instrumental groove. With RUINS OF ROME, they have added a new dimension to their music...vocals on 8 of the 12 tracks...enhancing the commercial appeal of their music beyond their instrumental roots.

RUINS OF ROME delivers the floor stomping goods for those in the know and blows open the doors for an entire Roman Legion of new fans.


"Dousman Street" b/w "Mission 2 Mod" and "Go Go Motorscooter" (2004)
The Nelsonics are in top form with their first single "Dousman Street" - a mod, big beat dance floor track - backed with 2 soulful blasts from the 2nd album "Ruins of Rome". Comes in limited edition vinyl form only and available directly from and

The Nelsonics "The Nelsonics" (2005)
The Nelsonics debut disc combines instrumental sounds with a 1960s flare. Organ and guitar based mod and surf in the best tradition - including soul,surf, mod/beat and the occasional latin touch. Music for your next go-go dance party. This 2002 album is reissued with the extra song "Dousman Street" from the "Ruins of Rome" sessions.

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Ruins...set the floor a-blaze
Just had to drop you a line after one of our DJ's (CJ) picked up a copy of your long player "Ruins Of Rome" and started playing it at our clubnight The Buzz and set the floor a-blaze. Anyhow just wanted to let you know how much we have appreciated all the stuff you guys are doing and thet it's even getting plays over here in the UK.
Just so you know we have given you Novembers Tune Of The Month on the website so hopefully even more people can enjoy your groove.

Blaine Schultz for Shepherd Express

The Nelsonics’ second album is a moveable feast, a party on wheels
If you could trace the DNA of the last decade’s music in Milwaukee you’d find a Mobius strip inlaid with the names Damian Strigens and Don Nelson. Since their days in the Nerve Twins, these two characters have been six degrees removed from nearly every local band of note. So it was only fitting that early in the new decade at least one of the pair would helm a namesake band.

Ruins of Rome, the Nelsonics’ second album, is a moveable feast, a party on wheels—not so much a nod and wink to the in crowd but a sheer blast of exuberance. You’d be hard-pressed to find a minor chord anywhere on the album. The grand spirit of the Swingin’ Medallions may have blessed these recordings, but don’t let the ’60s frat-rock conceit fool you. The Nelsonics boast some of the best local pickers this town has to offer, forget about musical genres. The aforementioned Nelson on drums and vocals is joined in the rhythm section by bassist/singer Jon Ziegler (who can be found fronting the Uptown Savages, playing with Nelson in the Exotics and DJ-ing Fridays on WMSE’s “Chicken Shack”). Guitarist/vocalist Terry Vittone (with a solo CD under his belt and a million miles on the road with Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans) nods to Nick Lowe’s witty wordplay on “X-Ray Skinny” and “My Convalescence.” MVP utility infielder Don Turner anchors many of the group’s instrumental tunes on organ and saxophone.

You’ve heard the phrase “he could sing the phone book”? With his offhand soul and casual dexterity, Nelson could play the phone book. Sure, take a look at the insert photo of Nelson dueling with a Roman soldier, but maybe the raucous, Nelson-penned leadoff track, “International Jet Set,” sums the ethos up best. The Riverwest-centric group does a great job of getting the listener to scratch his head and wonder “where the hell am I, what year is it and what did I do last night to get this headache?” Peter Sellers would be proud.