I tried starting my first band when I was 8 years old with Matt Beneteau. We thought Punky Brewster (real name: Soleil Moon Frye) was a babe so we called our band The Suns And Moons That Fry and I wrote a little jingle on the piano (partly inspired by the Robocop cartoon theme song) , and lyrics to go along with it; “When I came back and I saw you weren’t there, I ran outside in my underwear, Ooooohhhh, baby I love youuuuuuu.”
Matt’s on the left drinking from the Kool-Aid cup, I’m on the right in front of the Bumblion (Wuzzles) birthday cake.
That’s as far as it went because we were 8 and the only instrument we had was my family’s upright piano. (I wasn’t allowed to have an electric guitar until I was 16, because of “what it symbolized in society”)
When I was in 8th grade, Matt bought a bass, and we started a band with my classmate Rayny Forester.
We used to have weekend sleepovers 2 or 3 times a month, and tried to figure out how to write songs and lyrics but mostly just talked about bands we had discovered and wanted to sound like. All we had was an electric guitar, a bass and a shitty tape recorder, but we recorded 2 songs over that year, one original, and a cover of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – I Could’ve Lied.
Our other song “Can I Be Your Man?” was about some girl I had a crush on.
Here’s the lyrics to the first verse, and the chorus;
I can’t get you out of my mind,
So what else is new?
You’re on my mind, all the time
Do I dare to tell you, the way I feel about you?
I feel so confused, about what I’m to do,
I’d tell you if I could
Will I take I stand?
Can I be your man?
I’d love to be your man.
I didn’t see Rayny over the summer of 93, when we came back to school he had a mohawk, 21-hole Doc Martens, suspenders and didn’t want to hang out anymore. Matt had always hated playing music and finally said he didn’t want to participate anymore, so that’s when I started hanging out with Nick Bechard and started Wonkavision.
Matt Beneteau still lives in Windsor and is getting married this Saturday! My dad is officiating the wedding, and I’m the wedding photographer.
I haven’t talked to Rayny in years, but he lives in Montreal now and runs a crust-punk label called Moshpit Tragedy and puts out records by bands like Amebix, Extreme Noise Terror, and Total Fucking Destruction. Here’s a recent picture of him from his website with Amebix (he’s the second from left).
Me and (insert name here) have been talking about doing another Wonkavision recording with Nick Bechard in the next month or 2. First Wonkavision recording in 12 years! It should be fun. Details to come.