There's a long and dark story
behind the character in that Dennehy song
("Bears, Hawks, Sox, Bulls"), which most people remember because it really sounds like a Chicago '80s/'90s guy if those guys rapped.
The reason for Dennis’s absence is explored on Kenny Dennis III. As it turns out, Dennis had been covering up a 20-year “bennies” addiction, one that nearly ruined his marriage to Jueles. He’d sobered up around the Bulls’ first championship in ‘91, but on Kenny Dennis III he relapses—enabled by deviant named Joji. The record is haunted by neurosis, paranoia, and disillusionment. On “Shidoshi,” Dennis’s swagger falters: “I make it look good,” he swears, but his life is falling apart in the periphery: “Juele she just so upset / Makes me upset / Joji is paging me / Party is in River Forest / Party in South Holland.”
Dag. That's a lot behind what appears to be a really light-hearted character. I always did wonder why he drank O' Doul's.
The reason Serengeti knows so many old Chicago guy touchstones is that he grew up alternately on the South Side and in Olympia Fields (way out by Tinley Park)