Don Fleming: Discography

Solo Records, bands featuring Don as a primary member & guest appearances with other artists.



Don Fleming

  • Don Fleming 4 Four song EP. Includes collaborations with Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten), Julie Cafritz (Pussy Galore, Free Kitten) and R. Stevie Moore. My Little Lamb finds Don on vocals and R. Stevie Moore on all instruments with lyrics by Don. Torn by the Hands That You Could Not See is built around a guitar piece by Kim Gordon with vocals and all other instruments by Don, with lyrics by Kim Rancourt of When People Were Shorter. Clockwork Cockwork features a Julie Cafritz guitar composition with Don on vocals and all other instruments, with lyrics by Don. Adam’s Fall is Don on vocals and all instruments. This track is also featured on the compilation album 78’ LTD (Thick Syrup Records). 01. My Little Lamb (feat. R. Stevie Moore) 02. Torn by the Hands That You Could Not See (feat. Kim Gordon) 03. Clockwork Cockwork (feat. Julie Cafritz) 04. Remember Adam’s Fall. Produced, mixed and mastered by Don Fleming for Instant Mayhem Productions. Digital Release: July 12, 2011 on Instant Mayhem, CD Release: August 2, 2011 on Thick Syrup Records.

  • Super Bad @ 65 CD Compilation "People Wake Up and Live" (All instr, producer) Zero Hour 98
  • jojo ASS RUNne CD (All instr, producer) God Bless Records 98

    Audio: MP3 of "jojoASSRUNne"  
    Review: "The first full length solo album from NY rock guru Don Fleming. From Velvet Monkeys, Half Japanese, B.A.L.L. & Gumball to producer (Teenage Fan Club, Sonic Youth, Screaming Trees), this guy is a fukk'n living legend. jojoASS RUNnne is full on Soho/Boho sonic assault -- like if Glenn Branca had been in the Monks with Klaus Dinger on Neu! on drums...except there are no drums. Like the Cosmic Jokers with Nazz-era Todd Rundgren on guitar." -Forced Exposure
  • Because Tomorrow Comes CD-3 (All instr, producer) Instant Mayhem Records 96
    Audio: MP3 of "Because Tomorrow Comes"  
    Review: Inaugurating his Instant Mayhem label in early '96, Fleming released Because Tomorrow Comes: two tracks of solo "Donaldtronic" on guitar, theremin, mellotron, fuzz bass, keyboards and tapes that sound like backstage tuneup time at the Fillmore East, circa 1968, and the title song, an acoustic folk-pop strummer with a Moody Blues undercurrent.

    [David Fricke/Ira Robbins] Trouser Press Online
  • Guitarrorists CD Compilation "Sound as Steel" No. 6 Records 91

  • "Real Cool Time" b/w "What Can I Do?," Monopoly 12" Blue Vinyl Iridescence 86




Don Fleming (guitar, synth), Jimbo (synth, tapes), Thurston Moore (guitar, effects)

  • Jeg Gelder Meg Til Ur 2000 CD Compilation "Armageddon" Universal 99
  • Foot CD Godbless 10-98 


    December 12, 2002
    The Swiss Institute
    , NYC



Don Fleming (Vocals, guitar, keyboards and producer- except as noted) Jay Spiegel (Drums, vocals), Eric Vermillion (Bass, vocals), Malcolm Riviera (Keyboards, guitar).

  • Germs (Tribute) "Caught in My Eye" CD, LP Grass Records 96
  • Tokyo Encore CD Gumball Ink 95
  • "Nights on Fire" (Produced by DF with John Anyello) CD Single Columbia 94
  • Revolution on Ice (Produced by DF with John Anyello) CD, LP, CS Columbia 94
  • The Damage Done (Produced by Butch Vig) CD-6 Columbia 93
  • Real Gone Deal (Produced by Butch Vig) CD-2 Columbia 93
  • Super Tasty (Produced by Butch Vig) CD, LP, CS Columbia (US) Sony (Japan) 93
  • "Accelerator" CD single Columbia/ CD-3 Big Cat 93
  • "Girl Don't Tell Me" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" 7" Vinyl Get Hip 92
  • "Light Shines Through" CD single Paperhouse (UK) 7" Waterfront  (Australia) 91
  • "Under My Wheels" 7" compilation with Sonic Youth Sup Pop 91
  • Special Kiss CD, LP (Produced by DF) Primo Scree/USK 91
  • "All the Time" 7" & 12" Paperhouse 90

Gumball- Live w/ Teenage Fanclub at the Old Trout, UK, Nov. 1990



Formed as a result of the split of B.A.L.L., Gumball allowed singer/guitarist/producer Don Fleming and drummer Jay Spiegel to jettison the calculated-sloppiness shtick and smug trashing of '60s icons that were that band's obsessive specialties. Special Kiss, recorded as a trio with new bassist Eric Vermillion, is actually closer in spirit and execution to the tart garage-rock sound of Fleming and Spiegel's earlier band, Washington DC's Velvet Monkeys, albeit with a higher quotient of slashing post-no wave guitar. In fact, the album — a locomotive blur of abrasive pop and gnarly guitar psychosis — sounds like a close relative of Sonic Youth's Goo. (Thurston Moore even plays keyboards on one number.) "You Know," in particular, recalls the singalong corrosion of Teenage Fanclub, a sense amplified by the appearance of all four Fanclubbers on the track. Having been previewed abroad with the four-song Gumball EP, Special Kiss was followed in the UK by Light Shines Through: three album tracks (one an alternate take) and four non-LP numbers.

To mark time before their full-length Columbia debut and show off their catholic musical taste, Gumball went the covers route on the five-song Wisconsin Hayride. Besides Foetus, Black Flag and Small Faces material, "New Rose" is a frisky carbon of the Damned's debut single.

Super Tasty is exactly that, a snappy commercial effort produced by Butch Vig with the polished hum'n'snarl of classic '70s pop-punk clatter by Cheap Trick and Blue Öyster Cult. Gumball's attack is, if anything, a little too slick for the times, but Fleming's boyish tenor and the chrome-torpedo riffing guards the manifest kick of discontent in "The Damage Done" (neatly disguised with an exuberant intro of guitar-drums clamor and bright, wheezing harmonica) and the bittersweet ballad corn of "Marilyn." Super Tasty is a buzzin' good time.

Revolution on Ice... makes Fleming's cynicism more explicit. The title and cartoon artwork are a combined blast at the corporate co-opting of the alternative-rock revolt; songs like "Revolution on the Rocks" and "Nights on Fire" bristle with embittered surrender and accusatory rage. The album's open-wound air, however, makes it Gumball's strongest effort to date. Revolution on Ice... crackles with a dark, seductive intensity, heightened by the extra guitars and keyboards of new recruit Malcolm Riviera (an old Velvet Monkeys crony). The BÖC connection is reinforced by a letter-perfect rendition of "She's as Beautiful as a Foot," complete with guest vocals by that band's original drummer, Albert Bouchard.

[David Fricke/Ira Robbins]  Trouser Press Online

Velvet Monkeys

Since 1981. Don Fleming (Vocals, guitar, bass & producer), Jay Spiegel (Drums,
vocals), Malcolm Riviera (Guitar, keyboards), Elaine Barnes (keyboards, vocals), Charles Steck (bass), many others.

  • Houseparty CD Godbless 98 AUDIO: MP3 of "We Call it Rock"  
  • RAKE LP, CS, & CD Rough Trade 
  • Rock the Nation b/w Why Don't We Do It in the Road 7" Sub Pop
  • Better Living Double 7" Ecstatic Peace
  • Rotting Corpse Au-Go-Go LP, CS & CD Shimmy-Disc
  • Deadly Spawn Compilation LP includes "Rock Party" Bona Fide
  • Big Big Sun CS, with 1/2 Japanese K
  • Let's Sea CS compilation, includes "We Call it Rock" K
  • "Spooky" b/w "The Trance Band" 7", Produced by Rob Schnapf, Go Records 85
  • "Colors" Parts I & II 7" Bona Fide
  • Future LP Fountain of Youth
  • Train to Disaster Compilation LP includes "World Of" Bona Fide
  • Sub/Pop 9 CS compilation includes "Everything is Right"
  • The Other 2 CS compilation includes "Any Day Now"
  • Everything is Right CS Monkey Business
  • Connected Compilation LP, includes "Drive In", Produced by Skip Groft, Limp Records 81
    MP3 of original Velvet Monkey Theme Song demo.


Velvet Monkeys 2002

Don Fleming ,  Jay "the Rummager" Spiegel, Matt Azzarto and A.J. Azzarto knockin' the rust off the Velvet Monkeys. Live at CBGB'S JULY 24th, 2002. 

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Thurston Moore and Don Fleming   

  • Telstar 7" silver glitter vinyl w/ postcard Via Satellite Recordings 4/97

The Backbeat Band

Greg Dulli (Vocals) Don Fleming (Guitar, vocals), Dave Grohl (Drums), Mike Mills    (Bass, vocals), Thurston Moore (Guitar), Dave Pirner (Vocals) Produced by Don Was.

  • Backbeat Music from the Motion Picture CD, LP, CS Virgin Records 94
  • Please Mr. Postman CD-3 Virgin 94
  • Money CD-3 Virgin 94


Kim Rancourt (Vocals) Don Fleming (Guitar, bass, organ) Jay Spiegel (Drums)

  • Delicacy & Nourishment Vol. 3 performing "Third Month March" CD Comp  ESD 92

Dim Stars

Richard Hell (Vocals, bass) Thurston Moore (Guitar, vocals, bass) Don Fleming (Guitar, vocals and keyboards) Steve Shelley (Drums). Produced by Dim Stars.

    Spurts: The Richard Hell Story
    Rhino presents the first career-spanning collection from the voice of the Blank Generation. Includes 5 tunes with the Dim Stars (Hell, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Don Fleming and Robert Quine). Rhino 2005

  • 3 New Songs, Richard Hell CD-3 Overground 91
  • Rip Off CD, LP Caroline, Paperhouse, New Rose 91
  • Dim Stars EP Three 7" singles Ecstatic Peace, CD Single..Paperhouse 91
    Links @ www.richardhell.com

Tom Smith/Don Fleming   

Dinosaur Jr

  • "The Wagon" b/w "Better Than Gone" (Vocals, guitar & co-producer) 7" Sub Pop 90


Don Fleming (Vocals, guitar), Kramer (Bass, producer), Jay Spiegel (Drums).

  • B.A.L.L. Four "Hardball" CD, LP and CS Shimmy Disc 9
  • Trouble Doll CD,LP and CS Shimmy Disc 89
  • The Bridge Compilation CD includes "Out of the Blue", Caroline 89
  • Bird CD, LP and CS Shimmy Disc 88
  • Period CD, LP and CS Shimmy Disc 87

Half Japanese

Since 1983. Jad Fair (Vocals, guitar), DF (Guitar, vocals), many others.

  • Greatest Hits CD Time Bomb (Japan) 93
  • Everybody Knows CD Single Seminal Twang 91
  • Potatoes Compilation CD, Includes "T for Texas" Elemental/Ralph
  • The Band That Would Be King LP Dutch East India
  • Human Music Compilation LP, includes "Charmed Life" Homestead
  • U.S Teens are Spoiled Bums EP Dutch East India
  • Charmed Life LP, CS & CD Dutch East India
  • Big Big Sun CS, with Velvet Monkeys K
  • Let's Sea CS compilation, includes "Later in a Magazine" K
  • Sing No Evil LP Iridescence
  • Our Solar System LP Iridescence 83
    Links @   http://www.jadfair.com/

Citizen 23

    DF (Vocals, guitar & producer)

  • No Room to Dance Compilation LP includes "American Neutron", Twilight Zone" Blue Wave 1980

Stroke Band    

    DF (Guitar, bass, synth & vocals) Bruce Joyner (vocals, keys) Lester Folsom (producer)

  • Green and Yellow LP Abacus Records 1978

    AUDIO: MP3 of "Spaced"

Guest appearances with the following artists:

Brain Surgeons   

  • Box of Hammers (gtr., theremin on 3 songs) CD Cellsum Rcords 10/96

Shotgun Rationale   

  • Roller Coaster CD, LP Appear on "You're Wearing a Mask" with Cheetah Chrome (Guitar), Scott Asheton (Drums), Richard Hell (Bass), Don Fleming (Guitar), Sonny Vincent  (Vocal, guitar) Vince Lombardy High School Records 94

Jad Fair

  • I LIke it When You Smile CD, LP (DF-Guitar) Paperhouse 92
  • The Making of the Album CD-5 (DF-Guitar) Seminal Twang 91
  • (& Kramer) Roll Out the Barrel CD, LP (DF-Guitar) Shimmy Disc 89




Los Straitjackets Supersonic Guitars in 3D

  • Guest appearances from Don Fleming, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake and Jon Spencer. Produced by Mark Neil.



Maureen Tucker    

  • I Spent A Week There the Other Night CD, LP (DF-Guitar), New Rose 92
  • Dogs Under Stress CD (DF-Guitar) Sky Records 91
  • Life in Exile CD, LP (DF-Vocals) Dutch East India 88

Steriod Maximus (Foetus)

  • Gondwanaland CD, LP (DF-Guitar on "I Will Love You Always") Big Cat 92
    Link: www.foetus.org

Sonic Youth

  • Smiles, Vibes & Harmony "I Know There's an Answer" (vocals) DeMilo Records 90


  • Casserole LP (Guitar) Shimmy Disc

Walking Seeds

  • Bad Orb Whirling Ball CD, LP (Guitar) Paperhouse 90