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Some bands just know how to live up to their names. The Creepy T's, composed of Derek Hyde on vocals and guitar, Tommy Rotten on organ, Marky Crypt on bass, and Ray Fang on drums, are Fort Lauderdale's premier garage-rock peddlers, and they play like everyday is Halloween. In fact,...
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Some bands just know how to live up to their names. The Creepy T's, composed of Derek Hyde on vocals and guitar, Tommy Rotten on organ, Marky Crypt on bass, and Ray Fang on drums, are Fort Lauderdale's premier garage-rock peddlers, and they play like everyday is Halloween. In fact, it was last Halloween when they attained rock 'n' roll cream-dream status. Hyde relays the story in gruesome detail: "We played Dania Beach Elementary. They had all of the children assembled outside of a pavilion and told us ahead of time to give some public service announcements to the kiddies about saying no to drugs. Well, I had worn this red leotard devil suit on-stage before, and I thought it would be good for a Halloween show. What I didn't know was that in the harsh sunlight, the fabric was quite sheer. The girl who filmed it walked through the throng of PTA mothers who were there. You can hear them freaking out on the tape, saying 'Who screened this band?' Meanwhile, Tommy is insulting the school's lunch menu, which we had gotten a hold of, and I'm there in a see-through devil suit telling the children not to do drugs. The kids loved us, though."

And they're a hard band not to love. Other Creepy T's shows have involved amorous acts with skulls, men in drag, and a fan pulling down his pants during their cover of "96 Tears." "A lot of our songs are just ideas gone wild," Hyde explains. "When the band plays, it's about blowing down buildings and rocking out like crazy. We love debris from everywhere: blues, rockabilly, surf, exotica, glam, horror movies. I love sloppiness, and we have that in spades." The T's also have a new CD out called Spooky Mirror Night, which, according to urban lore, they recorded in a barn. Was it a haunted barn? The world may never know. But those poor horses will never be the same.

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