John Doe has worked as a roofer, an aluminum siding mechanic, a manager of poetry readings, a musician, and an actor. With Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake, he continues to tour with X, one of the last original punk rock bands standing, and as a solo artist. He has recorded ten solo records with numerous renowned singers and musicians and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions. On this tour he will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest album, The Westerner, along with selections from his entire career.
The co-founder and bass player of X, one of America’s original leading punk bands, John Doe pursued an impressive, if generally commercially unrewarding solo career. Doe formed X in 1977 with his future wife Exene Cervenka, releasing a series of hugely influential albums over the next ten years. Doe’s 1990 debut, MEET JOHN DOE, featured some superb, if heavily produced, music, and the minor college hit "Let's Be Mad." Doe reunited with Cervenka to reform X for 1994's HEY ZEUS!, before forming the John Doe Thing, who made their recording debut with 1995’s KISSINGSOHARD. In the late-'90s, his acting career took off, including acclaimed roles in BOOGIE NIGHTS and on the television series ROSWELL. He continued to record into the '00s, releasing records on fighting young indie labels like Yep Roc. ~ Rovi
John Doe (born John Nommensen Duchac on February 25, 1954 in Decatur, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, poet and bass player who was the founder of the L.A. punk band X. His musical compositions and performances also include country and folk music. Doe performs with the country-folk-punk band The Knitters. In the early 1980s, Doe performed on two albums by The Flesh Eaters.
Doe is also a film and television actor. He has played Jeff Parker in the ''Roswell'' television series has appeared in such films as ''Road House'', ''Roadside Prophets'', ''Vanishing Point'', ''Salvador'', ''Great Balls of Fire!'', ''Boogie Nights'',''The Specials'', ''The Good Girl'', ''Gypsy 83'' and ''Pure Country''. He was also in music videos for The Doors' "L.A. Woman" and The Ramones' "Something To Believe In" with the other members of X.
In the 1992 movie ''The Bodyguard'' (starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston), it was Doe's version of "I Will Always Love You" that plays on the jukebox when Costner and Houston's characters are dancing. It was released on audio cassette by Warner Bros. in September 1992, but is difficult to obtain (though bootleg copies can be downloaded from the Internet). No version is believed to have been released on CD.
John Doe released an album with Canadian indie rock band The Sadies called ''Country Club'' on April 14, 2009. The album features covers of country classics along with original songs.
John Doe was born in 1977 when he arrived in Los Angeles. His previous life in Tennessee, Wisconsin & Baltimore was a great & fertile time but new music and social changes led him to events that created a life in art. He graduated from Antioch College in Baltimore in 1975, worked as a roofer, aluminum siding mechanic, and ran a poetry reading series. Ms. Meyers was his landlord in the rural black community of Simpsonville , MD.
John met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop Nov 1976 and he started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977 the line up was complete. They released six studio records, five or six singles and one live record from 1978-1993. Five of X’s records have been re-issued along with two compilations.
The Unheard Music documents their lives and progress as a band from 1980-83. In 2009 the film was included in the Sundance UCLA Archive of greatest films of all time. They appeared several times on American Bandstand, Solid Gold and David Letterman. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour. The day that X played a free noontime concert in Fullerton, CA, they caused Orange County’s greatest high school truancy rate to date.