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Mick Charles, (a.k.a. Mike Donatowicz), is a Chicago songwriter/guitarist who was a founding member of the Chicago band The Bunch.  Along with co-founders Joe Costanzo and Dennis Cieslak, Mick and The Bunch wrote and recorded some edgy hook filled, introspective and interesting music that, when revisited today, sounds far ahead of its time.  Mick and Dennis shared writing credit on all the material that made The Bunch such a unique and complex band.

The Bunch lasted for nearly 12 years in one form or another.  Mick and Joe saw it through from beginning to end, and had the pleasure of working with some very talented local musicians. Drummers Jim Cleary,Larry Surleta, Al Savoia...guitarist Eddie Lorek and Keyboardist Doug Pertle, were all instrumental, (pun intended), in the development of The Bunch.  Ultimately hey all played a large part in making Mick Charles who he is today.

Below is a list of all the music created back from the early Bunch to the most recent albums by Mick Charles.  Thanks for taking a stroll now memory lane...



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Birdcage Theatre 
Release Year: 2010
Availability: CDBaby.com - iTunes - Rhapsody 
Napster - Amazon.com

Tracks
1. Another Plan In Mind
2. Don't You Lie To Me
3. C'mon C'mon
4. I Was A Sailor Once
5. You Better Stop
6. So Help Me
7. I Left LeeAnn
8. We'll All Hang On

Credits
Written and Performed by Mick Charles
Producer: Mick Charles
Original Cover Artwork: John Donatowicz
Additional Musicians: The Memphis Bel-Airs
Engineer: Mick Charles
Mastering: Sean Soto
Studio: Possum Trot Studios, Chicago, IL
Copyright 2010 Donatowicz
D I S C O G R A P H Y
At Both Ends of the Road
Release Year:: 2007
Availability: Artist Website (Contact directly from this site) - iTunes - Napster -Rhapsody - Amazon.com

Tracks
1. When the Time Comes
2. I'm So, So Sorry
3. I Should Go To Hell
4. Just Hold Me
5. It Was A Long Time Ago
6. You Always Make A Difference
7. Lately
8. Go Our Separate Ways
9. Loaded Question
10.For a Reason
11. La Dee Da
12. (I Was) On Top of the World

Credits
Written and Performed by Mick Charles
Producer: Mick Charles
Cover Design: John Donatowicz
Mastering: Disk Factory, CA
Copyright 2007 Donatowicz
An Unkindness of Ravens 
(Mike Donatowicz)
Release Year: 2003
Availability: Currently artist direct only. Contact/request from this site.

Tracks
1. I Don't Feel It Anymore
2. I Wanna Dance
3. Every Word
4. Don't Waste My Time
5. You're In Love Now
6. Corner From the Street
7. Frame By Frame
8. Brothers / Sisters
9. Say Yeah
10. Slow Me Down
11. Day Into Night
12. The Beauty Of It All

Credits
Written and Performed by Mike Donatowicz
Producer: Cool Hand Tuto
Original Artwork: John Donatowicz
Engineer: Cool Hand Tuto
Copyright 2003 Donatowicz
Snoremask
(Mike Donatowicz)
Release Year: 2001
Availability: Currently artist direct only. Contact/request from this site.

Tracks
1. Life Back
2. Say Yeah
3. Already Dead
4. Slow Me Down
5. My Pretty Polonaise
6. Where Is My Angel
7. Walking Fist
8. Abandoned Ruins

Credits
Written and Performed by Mike Donatowicz
Producer: Cool Hand Tuto
Engineer: Cool Hand Tuto
Daddy Tan Pants Productions
Copyright 2003 Donatowicz
...And We Say Alright
(Mike Donatowicz)
Release Year: 1999
Availability: Currently artist direct only. Contact/request from this site.

Tracks
1. And We Say Alright
2. Don't Waste My Time
3. Nobody Does That
4. Not waving, But Drowning
5. If It's the End Of the World
6. It's Gonna Take a Long Time
7. Breastfeeding Amish
8. Love and Life
9. Save It For Church
10. Don't Give Up the Ship
11. What'll I Do?

Credits
Written and Performed by Mike Donatowicz
Producer: Cool Hand Tuto
Engineer: Cool Hand Tuto
Swing Records
Copyright 1995-1998 Donatowicz
Mesass Moesass 
(Mike Donatowicz)
Release Year: 1998
Limited Availability: Currently artist direct only. Contact/request from this site.

Tracks
1. My Pretty Polonaise
2. Never
3. Lovers Are Losers
4. Happening To You
5. Love Is Found
6. I'm Not Crying Over You
7. Watching You
8. Another World
9. Just Hold Me
10. Not The Way That It's Been
11. I've Had Enough

Credits
Written and Performed by Mike Donatowicz
Additional Musicians: The Young Cannibals
Producer: Cool Hand Tuto
Engineer: Cool Hand Tuto
Swing Records
Copyright 1992-1997 Donatowicz
The Bunch Anthology 1976-1981 
(The Bunch)
Four Disc Set
Release Year: 2007
Availability: Special limited release Collector's Edition. Contact/request information from this site.

Disc One - Tellin You 
(Org. Release 1977)

Tracks
1. Tellin You
2. Didn't Have To Put Me Down
3. You & Me & Tomorrow
4. Look What You've Done To My Friend
5. I Missed the Morning
6. September
7. Thinkin About You
8. What'll I Do?

Disc Two - A Band In Ruins
(Org. Release 1978)

Tracks
1. Do Ya
2. Make It Through the Night
3. Somewhere In This World
4. Don't Find Out Too Late
5. All The Time
6. Ooh Why You Make Me Love
7. Johnny
8. Why Can't You Be Free?
9. Waiting In Your Eyes
10. Abandoned Ruins

Disc Three - Jarvis & Shubert Sessions
(Previously unreleased 1979-1981)

Tracks
1. You!
2. Show Me That You Do
3. Prove It To Me
4. No Other Love
5. Helping Hand
6. Different Lover
7. Go For the Record
8. Go On Baby, Go On
9. Bedtime Girl
10. Takin a Ride

Bonus Disc Four - "Live...from Philadelphia" 
(Montage collection)

Tracks
A Journey Through the Life and Times of the Bunch
Rehearsal out-takes 
Musical Montage / Spoken Word

Credits
Performed by The Bunch
Dennis Cieslak - Keyboards / Vocals
Mike Donatowicz - Guitars / Vocals
Joe Costanzo - Bass / Vocals
Jim Cleary - Drums / Vocals
All songs written by Cieslak / Donatowicz
Producers: The Bunch
Engineers: Stu Black / Mike Palesh / Mike Donatowicz
Copyright 1977-1981 Cieslak / Donatowicz

What About Me
(The Bunch)
Demo EP
Release Year: 1982
Availability: Currently unavailable

Tracks
1. Looking For a Friend
2. Corner From the Street
3. Time and Again
4. Combinations
5. Another World
6. Not the Way That It's Been
7. What About Me

Credits
Performed by The Bunch
Mike Donatowicz - Guitars / Lead Vocals
Joe Costanzo - Bass / Vocals
Larry Surleta - Drums
Doug Pertle - Piano / Organ
Music & Lyrics: Mike Donatowicz
Producers: The Bunch
Engineer: Doug Durham / Asst. Engineer: Jim Welninski
Sound Studios, Chicago IL
Swing Records
What About Me b/w Combinations
(The Bunch)
Single
Release Year: 1982
Limited Availability: Currently artist direct only. Contact/request from this site.

Tracks
Side A: What About Me
Side B: Combinations

Credits
Performed by The Bunch
Mike Donatowicz: Guitars / Vocals
Joe Costanzo: Bass / Vocals
Larry Surletta: Drums
Doug Pertle: Keyboards
Music & Lyrics: Mike Donatowicz 
Engineer: Douglas Durham
Asst. Engineer: Jim Welninski
Swing Records
Copyright 1982 Donatowicz
The Bus - Benefit for Autism Awareness
(Mick Charles - Video & Music EP)
Release Year: 2008
Availability: Click on Links tab to be directed to site for purchase and YouTube video link.

Tracks
1. The Bus
2. I Should Go To Hell
3. Just Hold Me
4. La Dee Da

Credits
Written and Performed by Mick Charles
Engineer: Mike Donatowicz
Video by Shelley Reimann & Family
Dedicated to Archie Reimann
Copyright 2008 Donatowicz
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