Chuck Dukowski

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Chuck Dukowski (b. Gary McDaniel, February 1, 1954) is an American punk rock musician, best known as a founding member and bass player for Black Flag.[1] Dukowski wrote some of Black Flag's most popular songs, including "My War," "What I See," "I've Heard It Before" and "Spray Paint." He left the band before the release of My War, and afterward served as Black Flag's manager. Dukowski was also the co-owner of SST Records until 1990, after which he served as "Head of Sales" until leaving the label in the late 1990s.[citation needed]

After Black Flag, Dukowski continued to play in Würm, SST "supergroup" October Faction, and formed his own band SWA in 1985 with Merrill Ward of Overkill.

Dukowski has a new band with artist and musician (and his wife) Lora Norton called The Chuck Dukowski Sextet. They released an album, Eat My Life, on Dukowski's own Nice & Friendly Records in 2006.

He appeared in the documentaries The Decline of Western Civilization and We Jam Econo.


Name origin

Chuck's birth name is Gary McDaniel, but he has used the name "Chuck Dukowski" professionally for many years. According to Chuck, the name originated from a Zippo lighter with the name "Chuck The Duke" inscribed on it that he found while searching for change. Feeling that the name "Chuck The Duke" sounded macho, he wanted to add a Polish sounding last name, as Poles were frequently picked on, therefore he turned "Chuck The Duke" into "Chuck Dukowski".[2] Chuck was credited under his real name on original pressings of Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown EP as well as in film The Decline Of The Western Civilization and its companion soundtrack album [3]. He is credited as "Charles Dukowski" on Black Flag's Damaged LP.


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