Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe. The Royal Crescent Mob are three sleazy white guys and a black drummer from Columbus, Ohio; instead of playing funked-up heavy metal, they play garagey, metal-tinged funk. They're so good at it that when they slip from a James Brown cover into a Led Zeppelin tune it comes off with an ease and logic that's damn near inspirational--though why they should succeed where other white funk bands fail e. Clark; Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Are you in?
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Mob,  the band members included Brian "B" Emch guitar , David Ellison vocals, harmonica , Harold "Happy" Chichester bass, vocals and after an early revolving door of drummers, Carlton Smith drums. After garnering considerable college radio airplay in the s, the band was signed to Sire Records , a Warner Bros. Records subsidiary. In the late s and early s, the band gained national exposure opening for national touring artists the Replacements , the B's , and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among others. Despite regularly performing to packed houses,  the band's two releases on Sire failed to perform in sales and on the charts, causing Sire to drop them from the label.
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Mob ," as they were affectionately known to fans, was an appropriate moniker in that they were to the Red Hot Chili Peppers what Royal Crown Cola once was to Coke; similar in taste but different, some preferred Royal Crown to Coke, and it still moved plenty of cases of soda -- at least for a time. The Mob , main members being singer David Ellison , guitarist B. Emch, and bassist Harold "Happy" Chichester , were a force to be reckoned with in the Midwestern American club scene of the late '80s, routinely packing houses beyond capacity and regaling enthusiastic crowds with a tightly played and highly appealing blend of punk and funk. Their two big numbers early on were an original called "Get on the Bus" and a cover of Ohio Players ' "Love Rollercoaster," and both were featured on their independently produced, six-track EP Land of Sugar , which appeared in The drummer's chair was a revolving door in the Mob until Carlton Smith settled into the job in