|The Reruns were part
of the original wave of bands that spearheaded that influential early
Detroit “punk scene” in the late 1970s. The true story of this exciting
era in music is yet to be written, but places like Lili’s & Paycheck’s
in Hamtramck, Bookie’s & the Red Carpet in Detroit were soon hopping to
the sounds of a whole new generation of bands, whose influence extended
far beyond those tiny little clubs. The Reruns were an important part
of this early scene and more importantly, their music is just “too damn”
good to be forgotten.
The Reruns were a band from Hamtramck and they never let anybody forget that. Their overriding characteristic was a sense of humor that managed to permeate everything they ever did. An short interview in White Noise from 1979 managed to cover the all of the following topics: the closing of the Dodge Main plant in Hamtramck, a stabbing at a recent show, movie host Bill Kennedy and the goofy last names that the Reruns use to protect their real identity. The Reruns musical legacy was fairly brief: a couple of singles that are now virtually impossible to find and one song “Dial My Number”that was included on the “Detroit on a Platter” compilation (Automotive Records), 1981which is slightly less than impossible to find. In keeping with the Reruns tradition, “So So Alone” managed to get included on a couple of compilations without anybody realizing it.
The Reruns music was pigeonholed as being “power pop” and it got lost in the shuffle with all of the punk music being put out during that time. However, a listen to the Reruns today goes a long way toward dispelling that misconception. The Reruns sound just as vital today as they did back at Lili’s.
Actually, the Reruns just didn’t vanish off the face of the earth after 1981. After the Reruns broke up, Dave, Al and Kenny their aliases and formed the Polish Muslims, whose brand of humor and music has been entertaining fans to this very day. Since we all love happy endings - I can only end this with a scene from the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival of 2003. Early in the evening I strolled along Joseph Campau and headed over to the stage to see a band with an unlikely name as the “Earworms”. Dave Uchalik, Kenny Kondrat and Al Phife have returned with a new band playing all original material. They hadn’t reformed the Reruns, but their great show finished up with a rousing version of “So So Alone".
Biography taken from Nestor in Detroit web site