A man who vanished while swimming in a lake in Wisconsin has been identified as 57-year-old Dennis Flemion. Flemion is the drummer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's the Frogs, a band he started with his younger brother Jimmy in 1980.
Police searched Wind Lake in Racine County today for the third day in what is now being called a recovery effort. It's been reported that Flemion jumped off of a pontoon boat on Saturday afternoon and never returned to the surface of the water.
The Frogs are known for a number of things: Jimmy Flemion's six-foot bat wing costume, their association with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and their catchy songs that dealt with race, religion, and homoerotic sexuality. Dennis Flemion was also a temporary member of the Smashing Pumpkins from 1996 to 1997.
My all time favorite Frogs LP is My Daughter the Broad from 1996, which featured Dennis Flemion's geriatric pervert persona, as well as a high pitch voiced murder Jack. Apparently the record title was inspired by Mudhoney's My Brother the Cow. The 1997 Starjob EP is a wonderful commentary on the music industry and the grunge movement.
Sorry for the sad news, this is a real bummer. Videos after the jump. Gerard Cosloy's thoughts on the issue can be found here.