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Bobby Conn

Bobby Conn
Bobby Conn live in Vienna with his longtime musical partner and wife Monica BouBou
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Stafford
Born (1967-06-13) June 13, 1967
New York
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Glam rock
Pop rock
Progressive rock
No Wave
Years active 1989–present
Labels Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Jim O'Rourke, Detholz!, John McEntire, Lovely Little Girls, Head of Femur, Mahjongg
Website Official website
Members Monica Bou Bou, Josh Johannpeter (drums), Jim "Dallas" Cooper (bass), Colby Starck (drums), Sledd (guitar), Karl Doerfer (guitar), Jonny Steinmeier (keyboards), Alex "Smitty" Perkolup (bass)

Bobby Conn (born June 13, 1967) is an American musician based in Chicago, Illinois, known for his pop-rock. He often collaborates with other artists and film-maker Usama Alshaibi. In 2003, Conn produced a session for UK punk band The Cribs, whom he met when they were a support band on his UK tour. A part of that session was used on The Cribs' self-titled debut release in 2004.


  • Biography 1
  • Bobby Conn and the press 2
  • Protest 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
    • 12-inch 5.2
    • Singles 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Conn was born as Jeffrey Stafford in New York, but spent much of his young life in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles. He started a hardcore punk trio in high school called "The Broken Kockamamies" (The BK's, or BKS) who were noted for using eight-foot strobe lights on a darkened stage as their only prop. The strobes were affectionately called "the pillars of fear." In 1989, Conn played guitar in the Chicago avant garde rock quartet Conducet (Conn/guitar, Rex Jenny/bass and vocals, DeShawn/drums and vocals, Le Deuce/loops, beats, and atmosphere). The eclectic Conducent sound was born from improv and raised on the "open mic" circuit, eventually growing into full maturity as a performance troupe, perhaps best known for the infamous "Best Of Buddha" tour. Conn went solo in 1994 after Conducent broke up. His first lineup consisted of ex-Conducent member DJ Le Deuce on turntables, as well as his future wife Julie Pomerleau (a.k.a. Monica BouBou) on electric violin.[1] Conn went on to release six studio albums to date: Bobby Conn (1997), Rise Up! (1998), The Golden Age (2001), The Homeland (2004), King For A Day (2007) and Macaroni (2012), along with a live album Live Classics (2005) and an E.P. called Llovessonngs (1999).

Bobby Conn and the press

Bobby Conn is known for his elaborate and fabricated press releases, and for making outrageous statements in interviews.

The following excerpt is from Bobby Conn's Southern Records biography:

In more recent years, Conn has been more candid in interviews, and has admitted that all of these early fabrications for the press were merely a charade. Conn told Magnet magazine that "I always thought it was part of the creative process. Creativity is lying. My own story doesn't seem very interesting to me... You don't want to be who you are onstage everyday. What's the point in that?" Conn also said in another interview that the source of his onstage persona was "egomaniacal delusions that I've had since I was a kid – I tried to hyperbolize them to see how far it would go. To me when I came up with the whole idea of trying to promote myself as a potential Antichrist I figured that no-one is going to take this seriously or even acknowledge it because it's about the dumbest thing you could say."


Bobby Conn, live in Zurich in 2002

While Conn would usually be considered more Magnet Magazine, "I've always done lots of social commentary that I believe in pretty strongly but I am very uncomfortable with the role of the artist as a meaningful social whole generation [is] a confused group of people with an ambivalent way of dealing with protest."

Regarding his 2007 album "King For a Day", Conn said "it's political, but just in a contemporary culture kind of way[...] Two of the songs are about Tom Cruise, and I don't know if there's a more political statement than Tom Cruise. He kind of symbolizes a lot of what's going on in this country right now and how people are responding to it."[4]

Personal life

He currently lives in Humboldt Park, Chicago with his wife, violinist and session musician Julie Pomerleau, and their two children.

In 2001, Conn and Pomerleau became the first couple who were cast by Cynthia Plaster Caster.[5]




  • Bobby Conn/Coolhaven (w/Lukas Simonis) – Bigmag. III POLYTOPIA – For The Quasi Crystals (12", Pic, Ltd) Drop of Blood Records 2008


  • "Who's the Paul?" b/w "The Sportsman" 7" (1995)
  • "Never Get Ahead" b/w "Me, Most of All" 7" (1996)
  • "Winners" CD Single (2002)
  • "On the Farm" b/w "Don't Worry" 7"(2007)


  1. ^ Bobby Conn on
  2. ^ Bobby Conn Biography on Southern Records website
  3. ^ Kelly, Jennifer. "Bobby Conn is completely serious". Splendid Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Bobby Conn: Music: Ben Rubenstein:". Centrestage Chicago. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  5. ^ Cynthia Plaster Caster website

External links

  • Southern Records website for Bobby Conn
  • Metacritic archive of King For A Day reviews
  • Official Myspace Page
  • SiouwWIRE Bobby Conn Interview
  • With Splendid on 'Satire' and the release of "The Homeland
  • An Interview with Mr Bobby Conn in Freq E-zine during to 2000 US presidential election
  • Interview on Centerstage Chicago (December 2006)
  • YouTube promo video for "Never Get Ahead"
  • YouTube promo video for "We Come in Peace"
  • YouTube promo video for "King For a Day"
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