GeneralI love music and I read lots of books. I like to write, take naps, and go for walks with Laura and Dolly. I spend at least two or three afternoons a week at the LA County Zoo watching the chimpanzees. I enjoy the sport of golf. As a kid I wore a top hat and overalls. These days I'm partial to hooded sweatshirts and oversized boots. I'm intersted in old world craftsmanship, the concept of waiting, making mistakes, and saying I'm sorry. I very much like things that are flawed. In my world slow and steady wins the race.
BooksAnything by John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan or Alan Watts, Chronicles by Bob Dylan, and the Federalist Papers. Anything about chimpanzees.
HeroesMy parents and sisters, my wife Laura, Grandpa Elmer and Grandma Jessie, Geoff Merritt, Fred Anderson, Paul Chastain, Joe Pernice, Darren Rademaker, John Steinbeck, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Paul Rand, Virginia Lee Burton, Walt Kelly, Baby Dodds, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Jo Jones, Ray McKinnley, Sid Catlett, Dave Tough, Buddy Rich, Cozy Cole, Earl Palmer, Charlie Watts, Richard Starkey, Levon Helm, Roger Hawkins, Buddy Harman (RIP), Viv Prince, Al Jackson Jr, Jim Gordon, Hal Blaine, Joe Morello, Brad Carlson, Mick Rain, Stan Lynch, Larry Knetchel, the God-like Clarence White, Cliff Gallup, Grady Martin, Mike Campbell, Greg Leisz, Mitch Easter, James Burton, James Walbourne, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Miller, Miriam Linna, Mike Stax, Roger Fouts, Jane Goodall, Frans De Waal, Charles Schultz, Sergio Aragones, Peter Cook, Cary Baker, Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes, Paul Nelson, Bob, Tom and Seth at Freakbeat Records (Sherman Oaks, Ca.), Sampson (the gorilla), Jungle Pam, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, John Force, and all the lonely truck drivers of this great nation (best sweet rolls in the world found at Johnson's Corner outside Fort Collins, Colorado).
About me:I'm tall and skinny. I mostly prefer animals to people. I've been playing drums since I was just a sprig. Over the years I've provided the teenage beat for artists as divergent as Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, the Del Reys, the Tyde, the Pernice Brothers, Aimee Mann, Stephen Duffy, Mia Doi Todd, Frausdots, the Gigilo Aunts, Andrew, Bitter Bitter Weeks, the Novenas, the Quarter After, Marianne Faithfull, Liz Phair, Shoes, Bobby Sutliff, the Windbreakers, Parthenon Huxley, Darren Cooper, the Flatmates, Choo Choo Train, the Springfields, the Blinkies, Get Smart, the Reverbs, and of course, the little band that couldn't, Velvet Crush. If you'd like, I'll play drums on your record too! Just released is my new 7-inch 45 RPM vinyl single available via Parasol Records (www.parasol.com). The top deck features a version of "Hey War Pigs" by Kimberley Rew (Soft Boys, Waves), and on the flip there's a cover of "Teenage Head" by the Flamin' Groovies. If you're into unhinged rock & roll instrumentals, investigate the debut album by the Del Reys, on which I play the traps. It's called "Savage Instrumental", and copies are available out of the trunk of my car at the next Del Reys show. Finally on the racks (although I've never seen it) is my book about the Byrds' incredible Notorious Byrd Brothers album. It's part of the much lauded 33 1/3 series printed exclusively by Continuum Publishing of New York and London, and should be available in hipper bookstores around the globe (or try amazon). I am partial operator (with my best buddy Geoff Merritt) of a label called REACTION RECORDINGS that specializes in reissuing classic albums from decades past. We're extremely excited about the release of Field Of Fire, the second solo album by legendary Televsion guitarist RICHARD LLOYD, which has now been expanded to include a remastered version of the original album as well as a completely disassembled and re-worked version of same. The new Field Of Fire package also includes extensive liner notes by Richard and venerable rock journalist Bill Flanagan, as well as unseen photos from the original album sessions. Besides Richard's album, Reaction has also released compact disc recordings by THE ACTION (60's mod/psych legends from Great Britain), THE CRIPPLED PILGRIMS (underapprecaited 80's post-punk jangle from Washington D.C.), THE VERTEBRATS (equally underappreciated late 70's garage grit from Champaign, Illinois), and the one and only musical album by WALT KELLY (creator of "Pogo", the most beloved cartoon possum in all of history). All of these fine discs can be obtained directly from www.parasol.com.
Who I'd like to meet:Clarence White, or maybe Eddie Cochran.
- Status: Married
- Here for: Friends
- Hometown: Barrington, Illinois
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 6' 5" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus
- Children: Someday
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Thinker
1980 to 1985
- Des Moines, IOWA
- Graduated: 1985
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Journalism and English
Action Musik/Reaction Reissues/Bird Song Recordings
1985 to the present
- Los Angeles, California US
- President and Janitor