Denny Carleton

Moses to Milk


A new Choir formed in June 1969 Dennis was the odd man out. The next day Dennis joined forces with Brian Sands to start Moses:a progressive theatrical rock band. Moses played mostly originals and any covers they did displayed their own imagination and creativity. The band was also known for its improvised and sensational stage presentations,buying much of its clothes from costume shops, and used such props as a mannequin and masks.

On one occasion as the audience waited before a darkened stage a government-issued nuclear warning and fallout tape was played, then thelights flashed on and there was Brian Sands singing "Great Balls o' Fire" with monstrous hands. The atmosphere that surrounded Moses was a cross between Beggars Banquet, Magical Mystery Tour, and a clean cut but somewhat surreal Rock 'n Roll circus.Dave Alexy's maniacal drumming and Randy Klawon's Jimmy-Page-type guitar solos added to the bizarre climate of fun.

On"We All Shine On"(Instant Karma) a mirror was shown to each member of the audience, as well as a giant Sunkist sign; candy was then thrown to the audience.On "Cold Turkey"(Plastic Ono Band) Randy Klawon and Dennis Carleton dressed in grotesque masks to symbolize the drugs in the song. They stalked aboutand finally turned on Brian who immediately convulsed in mock drug-withdrawal. Anti-drug songs as this one were not too common in 1969. On Brians' original "Shock treatment" Brian wore an Albert Einstein mask while playing an electronic solo on his Theramin.Though Dennis Carleton was the primary song-writer for the group, who performed 15 of his songs nightly, Brian's own songs were undoubtedly the most theatrical.

Dennis organized a chartered-bus tour to Pennsylvania for Moses' fans, styled after The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. On another occasion Dennis recruited the Eastlake High School Choir in all their robes to sing "OldTime Religion" with the group ,while the the audience kept time with rhythm sticks, and percussion instruments which Moses had handed out before the show.

So changing were their performances that every few months Moses passed out music programs so fans could follow the show and read or sing some of the lyrics Dennis had written.

Moses divided its time playing in Northeastern Ohio and Pennsylvania. Theywere managed originally in Cleveland by Otto Neuber, who ran the Mentor "Hullabaloo". After that they were handled by Paul St. John and Rich Engler out of Pittsburgh.

The original members were Jay Bryk (piano), Chris Kamburoff (guitar), Dennis Carleton(bass), Dave Alexy (drums), and Brian Sands (guitar). When Bryk and Kamberoff left the group, Randy Klawon, who had left The Quick (Eric Carmen), joined up and Moses continued.

Moses opened for such acts as Alice Cooper, The Hello People , Iggy Pop, MC5, and Ted Nuggent. They recorded an album in Cincinnati that was neverreleased. Among the Dennis Carleton songs they performed were: "Really No Difference"; "Feel The Fullness Of The Music"; "Holy Moses"; "Rest In Peace"; "Weekend Witch (pts. 1 & 2)"; "Old Time Religion"; "The National Anthem"; "Cut Me To Ribbons"; "Me Behind Me"; "Idiot"; "A Message From Me To You"; "Middle Of An Island"; "Kidnapped By My Music "Beautiful Creation"; "Sweet Sorrow"; "Would You Leave",and Jesus Will Bring You Home.

Brian Sands left the group and Jack Springer replaced him, but the charismawas lacking. After Dennis Carleton departed, Brian Sands took the other three members into a new band Mouse, which played only a few jobs before breaking up.

In 1974 Brian Sands and Dennis Carleton agreed to reform Moses as a new group: Milk. Randy Klawon was replaced on lead guitar by Al Globakar and Dave Alexy played drums. Moses had been high energy and danceable. Milk was artistic, avant-garde, and basically off-the-wall. Tiny Tim melodies, Rudy Vallee songs, "2000 Man" by the Stones, baseball cards thrown from the stage along with group photos posing with man-sized shampoo bottles madeMilk too much for most audiences' tastes. "Whistle A Happy Tune" and" Getting To Know You" were turned into Rock songs and readings were delivered from an old Army joke book during any lulls in the music. Then there were originals such as Brian's own "Eat The Hot Dog Now, Get Sick Later" and Dennis's infamous "Boy Can I Dance Good" Locally Milk remains most notorious for nearly starting a riot as the ill-chosen opening act for a Canned Heat concert, during which the band called the biker-boogie crowd: robots, spoiled kids, and rotten fruits.