It was the best of Chimpo times. Greg had the worst memory recall. Greg said to Darin recently, "Hey, remember when we ditched school and it was close to Christmastime and Darin and Matt were rough-housing in Greg's house and you and Matt knocked over the Christmas tree and just then my dad showed up?"
"No, yeah, I don't remember that," Darin replied.
To which Greg replied, "What? I remember it vividly and I'm the one with the bad memory and the over-active imagination."
So, Greg pondered a patch, then said, "I'll have to call Matt." And sure enough, Matt didn't remember that at all.
In conclusion, Greg came to the opinion that neither Matt nor Darin's memories seemed to be working correctly, or maybe his memory was out of order.
P.S. Any memories that Darin or Matt have about Greg, especially ones that paint Greg in a bad light, are highly suspect.
P.S.P.S. Greg has started writing the Chimpos story as he remembers it. He's got more than 100 hand-written pages so far.
Thomas is an American bass player and recording engineer. He was one of the founders of the blues & rockabilly group The Paladins in 1980 with guitarist Dave Gonzalez. The Paladins are still going strong, releasing albums and touring to this day. Thomas also founded Lux Records and runs Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio in Oceanside, California.
Steven was one of the first to be invited by Greg Hildebrand to be included in Greg's latest music recording project. Steven had recorded with Greg on several other sessions, most of which were recorded at Randy Fuele's Hit Single Recording Studios with several very talented musicians like Chris Davies, Tim Rutherford and many others. So, it was no surprise that Steven gave it little thought before telling Greg "Count me in!" Little did he know how different this particular session would ultimately turn out to be. Nor did Steven realize that by "signing on" he would turn into a Chimpo, Greg's name of the band. And what a band Greg's project would ultimately turn out to be. He had not only written the entire song list, but done so in an open mode or forum, so as to cleverly give space to all future Chimpos whom he had hand picked to be able to add, create and enable them to build upon the basic song list structure. Thus creating an opportunity to have a personalized end product of music. Steven loved this. Still, the most appealing part was the overall poetic idea of Greg using only musicians whom they both had known, befriended, and played in bands with since their youth from the overwhelmingly talented, yet relatively small community of Pont Loma musicians, some who have done quite well for themselves in the world of music. But to Steven, having all of them back together, excited to create this album, was to him like a kick ass Rock & Roll reunion.
Hubcaps: Robby Vaughn (lead vocals and guitar), Chris Goularte (guitar), Ray Tejades (drums), Steven Sundell (bass, vocals).
Playmates: Steven Sundell (lead vocals, guitar), Jim Iacabucci (lead guitar, background vocals, Jamie Lau (bass, vocals), Manny Bautista (drums). Much love to the mom of the Playmates for not only the use/abuse of her garage, and also for being our #1 hippest fan!
Winkies: Greg Hildebrand (lead guitar), Stephen Hildebrand (lead vocals), Jamie Lau (bass), Steven Sundell (guitar, vocals), John Glenn (drums).
Weener Pigs*: Dr. Jim Jones (drums), Dr. Greg Jensen (guitar), Chris Harris (bass), Adam Harris (vocals, harmonica), Steven Sundell (lead guitar, vocals). *They were already named Weener Pigs when Steven joined.
Dingos: Steven Sundell (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Clowminzer (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Goodwin (bass), Tim Rutherford (drums).
Vocals, guitar, co-producer
When David was in 5th grade, he started playing in rock bands with older musicians (junior high and high schoolers, ha ha). A friend told him about a legendary older 7th grade guitar player who played a Gibson Destroyer through a Marshall amp. The word on the street was he rocked. His name was Greg Hildebrand. David thought he would never be able to rise to Greg’s level of rock-ness.
Cut to five years later, Greg and David are in the same band, along with Matt Clowminzer on guitar, Brian Glenn on Bass, and Greg’s little brother Stephen on lead vocals. The band was called Zipguns. The group have been friends ever since.
One day in high school, the lead singer of Zipguns, Stephen Hildebrand, got a little big-headed and mouthy. So, Matt, David, and Glen fired him and his brother Greg—they stuck it to the man—and started their own band called The Dawts. They were popular at high school dances and parties, while Stephen and Greg looked on from the sidelines (that’ll teach ‘em).
Around the same time, when David was in 9th grade, Matt Clowminzer introduced him to a much older and wiser musician with long hippy hair, a senior in high school by the name of Thomas Yearsley. The trio liked to attempt to play Jeff Beck’s “Wired” album in Thomas’ garage. Matt and Thomas switched off between lead guitar and bass. David convinced his concerned father that everything was cool hanging out with these much older musicians—that there wasn’t any mischief going on, even though David was coming home at midnight, and there may have been a little mischief going on. Good times. David, Matt, and Thomas developed a strong musical friendship back then, which lives to this day.
David went to junior high and high school with the Scheff brothers, Darin (drummer) and Jason (bassist). They are the sons of legendary world-class bass player Jerry Scheff (Elvis, The Doors, Dylan, etc.). Darin and David are the same age. They always had a healthy (and sometimes unhealthy) rivalry about who could be top drummer. In fact, one time both were called to play at the same backyard party. Rather than argue, the two decided to set up their drum sets face-to-face for a “dueling drummers” format. It was fun for the audience, and especially for David and Darin (was it a tie?).
About the time David was in 11th grade, he and Jason Scheff were invited by a popular Point Loma band leader to jam. The trio met in David’s garage. The band leader insisted on playing only AC/DC songs, which Jason and David found curious, one-dimensional, and boring after a while. They wanted to improvise and jam on their favorite rock and funk tunes. Little did they know, they were auditioning for an AC/DC cover band. After jamming on AC/DC for a few hours, Jason and David both came to the same unspoken conclusion that the project was stupid and should not be pursued. They let it fizzle, and never spoke of it again. Jason and David never played together after that. Jason went on to become the lead singer and bassist for the band Chicago.
Regarding Glen Fisher, he was invited to be a Chimpo by David. Why? The Chimpos needed a bass player for a few songs, and Glen is one of the best around. No brainer. When they were kids, Glen and David were musical leaders in the Point Loma High School jazz band. They have been friends and playing music together for more than 40 years in various bands and projects. To this day, each love to beat each other at golf, which happens regularly.
Historically, David has been cursed by being in bands with horrible lead singers (David prefers instrumentals). One day on the golf course, David asked Glen if he knew of any great lead singers for some Chimpos songs. Glen suggested Eddy Allen. David called Eddy. David couldn’t be happier with the recommendation to bring Eddy on board.
Steven Sundell and David were on the same soccer team in grade school, and have been good friends ever since.
Michael McClure, the ChimposBand.com web developer, is a badass guitar player and computer expert. David asked head Chimpo Greg if Michael could make the web site. Greg said yes. Done.
Stevie Salas Color Code: Band member, percussion, demos, live shows.
Hardware: Songwriter on “Shake It” with Bootsy Collins and Buddy Miles (former drummer with Jimi Hendrix).
Nicklebag: Percussion, featuring vocalist Bernard Fowler from the Rolling Stones.
The Pandoras: Drum programming, drum sounds, keyboard samples, percussion.
Action Jackson soundtrack: Percussion, keyboard samples, drum sounds.
Fabulon: Drums, album and live shows.
The Tubes: Demos, samples, percussion.
Tracy Chapman: Drums and arrangements on demos.
Was Not Was: Percussion, keyboard samples; album “What Up, Dog?”
Ivan Neville: Percussion on demos produced by Stevie Salas.
Mark Fisher, Fish and the Seaweeds: Drums, live shows, and demos featuring Eddie Hook (Rip).
Glen Fisher Con Alma: CD design, web development.
Associate Artist Manager, New York City (and support for Pyramid Records with artists Joe Walsh, The Band, Asia, and The Stray Cats).
Northern Arizona University (NAU) jazz band: First Chair drums.
Orange Coast College (OCC) jazz band: Drums and congas.
Point Loma High School jazz band: First chair drums.
Drums, 808, background vocals, co-producer
Glen Fisher has worked as a bassist, composer, arts education consultant, and musical director all over Europe, South-America, and USA for the past 25 years. He has been tagged 'the poster child of versatility' by KSDS Jazz 88.3FM. At 45, he's a veteran band leader and musical director, and a virtuoso sideman as well. Fluent in four languages, he teaches and composes in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Glen studied at the University of California at San Diego and the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria.
Bassist: Steve Gadd, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bill Watrous, Ron Eschete, Tom Scott, Brian Lynch, Graham Nash, Eartha Kitt, Nel Carter, Jay McShann, James Moody, Red Holloway, Charles McPherson, Bobby Shew, Jackie King, Jason Scheff, The Drifters, Mato Grosso, Hannibal Means, Yes Brasil, Steve Lacy, Sigi Finkel, Allegre Correia, Glen Fisher Trio, Con Alma, Gomango Invasion Orchestra, Arvella, Fish and the Seaweeds, Earl Thomas, Sergei Dreznin, Benjamin Schmidt, Jimmy Mulidore, and Rob Mullins Trio.
Artistic Consultant: San Diego City Schools, San Diego Youth and Community Services(SDYCS), Humphrey's, Urban League, Scripps Cancer Research, Imperial Beach Film Festival, Quail Botanical Gardens, ARTS (A Reason To Survive). Glen started a music programs for the SDYCS Storefront Shelter for Homeless Teens and PhotoCharity (501c3), and was the Performance Coordinator for Blues In The Schools (Blues Lovers United San Diego, (501c3) which is an affiliate of the National Blues Foundation. Glen brought KSDS 88.3 FM and the San Diego City Schools together to bring Wynton Marsalis' incredible new jazz curriculum called Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People to San Diego's schools.
Composer: CBS Movie of the Week, Time Warner, Pepto-Bismol, KSDS 88.3 FM, City of San Diego, Radio 1310AM- B.C. Mexico, KUSI TV-San Diego, Arnold Schwarzenegger, KPBS, San Diego Youth and Community Services, Parallax Films, Goodnight Kiss Publishing, Scene Stealer Publishing
Awards: 1993 San Diego Music Award as Musical Director w/Earl Thomas, 1994 San Diego Music Award as Musical Director w/Josias dos Santos, 1994 & 1998 Jim Croce Award, 1995 &1997;Tijuana, Cultural Center Recognition in Music, 2002 Just Plain Folks finalist. Various: Co-host of the KSDS 88.3 FM weekly show Touchin Bass Frequent arts expert for the Reader and KUSI TV Elected to the Peninsula Community Planning Board 2004 Founder of the FIRST FRIDAY MUSIC CLUB, INC. (501c3).
Darin can play anything.
Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Jason is an American bassist, singer, and songwriter. Prior to becoming a special guest Chimpo, he was the bassist and singer for the band Chicago from 1985 to 2016. Like most Chimpos, Jason graduated from San Diego's Point Loma High School. He started his professional musical career in 1982 as a member of the L.A.-based rock band Keane, and playing around Southern California with a variety of bands and musicians, including some who would go on to form Ratt.
In mid-1985, 23-year-old Jason joined the multi-platinum band, Chicago, after Peter Cetera departed for a solo career. Jason retired from Chicago in 2016, and has since pursued many musical adventures such as being a judge for American Super Group and conducting charitable work. He is also busy helping new artists break into the music business, conducting songwriting workshops, and giving music lessons.
JASON'S DISCOGRAPHY & MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
There is not enough computer space in the world to list everything. Let's just say it's a lot.
Bass, vocals, background vocals
Lauren sings, plays keyboards, and does other musical stuff. Yep, she's Darin's daughter.
Keyboards, background vocals
Lauren Eve Scheff
Eddy is a Chimpo from Point Loma, California. He was called into the project by David, the drummer, because after hearing some of the demos David felt the project needed . . . let's see, how best to say this diplomatically . . . some decent vocals.
Basically, Eddy was kidnapped by older Chimpos who made him sing a few songs on the album. The older Chimpos turned him loose after a few weeks so he could get back to leading his "real" band, Fashion Jackson. See? Whether you're in for a few weeks or a few decades, it doesn't matter—once a Chimpo always a Chimpo.
Berklee College of Music
Band: Fashion Jackson (lead singer, guitar, keyboards, engineer, co-producer)
Vocals, guitar, keyboards, background vocals
Matt plays guitar. He wears a hat. He is Matt. Matt wears a hat. Yeah yeah.
Miles is a crafty, young, and wise Chimpo. He is also Matt's son. Besides recording with the Chimpos, he is known for his solo music projects where he produces, plays, and records everything himself (drums, keys, guitar, bass, vocals, etc.). Whoa.
Laura Jane left Traverse City, Michigan in 2001 and touched down in San Diego. She is a Pisces. Since 2002, she is well-known for being a fun and outrageous hostess for various Karaoke nights around San Diego. Some of her fans believe she sings Cher better than Cher, and Axl Rose better than Axl. She also leads and manages a seven-piece band, The Tighten Ups.
Stephen hangs out, provides emotional support, and offers nuggets of wisdom about the music. He is Chimpo leader Greg's little brother.
Emotional support and spiritual guidance
Michael is reported to ask, "What's a Chimpo, and how much is it going to cost me?"
Michael is ipigrafix, the Chimpos website developer and crappy anigif animator (see below...). ipigrafix has been in 'business' since 1978. That's a real long time now. David pulled him into this project based on a very long musical relationship going back to the early '80s when they played together in the San Diego-started funk-rock band, And And And. While bandmates, the two lived together in a tiny white-walled apartment in Universal City (gone—it's a freeway onramp now). David grew grass on the walls. Grass: the kind you mow. You'll have to ask Chimpo Dave about all that...
Michael also has a serendipitous connection to the Chimpos band. He and Thomas Yearsley were featured and quoted in the same LA Times article in 1981. The article was about three new music bands from San Diego at that time: The Paladins (Thom's band), Some Ambulants (Michael's band), and Solid State. Small world, right?
Recently, guitar and co-producer on faunch's "Venice & Beethoven" See: faunchmusic.com