FACTS OF LIFE
REGGIE BENDER’S BIOGRAPHY
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Born Reginald Bender Jan. 3, 1947, Cheltenham England.
The only child of Ronald and Annabel Bender. A London taxi killed Reggie Bender’s father, a physicist at The Cavendish Laboratory. Soon after his father’s death Reggie, age 5, and his mum, Annabel
was forced to move from their comfortable suburban home to London’s East End. To make ends meet Annabel worked as a waitress at The Infectious Cockney.
The Mod Girl (a fan he glimpsed and always yearned for), Marianne Faithful (Mick Jagger’s girlfriend), Diana Rigg (a.k.a. “Mrs. Peel”)
Lynsey Honer (part-time model and staff nurse at mental institution), ‘Venus de Milo’ (famous marble statue in the Louvre, France. Reggie was promptly arrested: tabloids quipped, “Rock star busted for ‘statuary’ rape.”)
SONGS:(With The Giddy Statues) “My Tea Is Cold (1965), “All For You” (1965), “My Manager Is A Cross Dresser (1965-banned by the BBC), “Her Heart Is Like A U.F.O“ (1966), “It Came To Frug” (1966), “Polka-Dotted Heaven” (1966), “This Is Not My Green Shirt” (1967),
(Solo Bender) “Curious Mutants In The Shade“ (1968), “Alien Autopsy” (1971), “Fat Man In A Thong” (1982), “Marching Eskimos Under The Table” (1984), “What Do You Know Of Low Mein?” (1985), “Word Salad” (1985).
“Pulsating Stalkers From Outer Space Go To Carnaby Street” (Soundtrack-1966)
Singer-guitar player Reggie Bender formed The Giddy Statues in 1964.
Reggie claimed a UFO transmitted the band’s name to him. Like most groups of their era, The Giddy Statues began as an R&B/blues outfit.
After a failed single, (A Bo Diddly style “There’s No Business Like Show Business”), Shel Talmy (record producer) pushed Bender to write his own material.
The band hit it big in 1965 with 3 singles in the UK top ten. The Giddy Statues then careened along a career path that followed the twisted psychodrama of Reggie Bender.
More wise-ass than wise, The Giddy Statues got by on cheekiness and cynicism. They gave the ravenous British music press a focal point in the arrogant, mercurial, sometimes violent and eccentric front man, Reggie Bender.
While they could barely get noticed in America, the Giddies became genuine superstars in Britain, with an impressive string of Top Ten singles. Pop luminaries The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Bob Dylan were fans.
Since the bands’ first release in 1965, its albums showed ever-increasing versatility and promise, thus it was a surprise when Reggie Bender broke up The Giddy Statues in 1968 at the peak of their popularity. Reggie embarked on a solo career.
In 1981 he relocated to New York City and more lofty artistic ventures such as concept albums, films, a novel and solo concert tours. However, he became more delusional insisting there was a nefarious parallel Universe “leaking” into his living room.
In 1984, while ingesting various pills, chain-smoking, and staring unblinking at his living room wall for numerous days and nights a “wormhole” began to appear in the wall. Bender insisted giant insect humanoids (“bug people”) from another dimension would enter from this swirling portal, sit in his living room, eat his scones and drink his tea, telling him of their mission to destroy the planet Earth.
In 1985 he appeared at Live Aid giving a bizarre performance (which consisted solely of Reggie Bender lashing at the strings of his guitar, jumping up and down for 10 minutes screaming, “Space aliens are here! Run”!), he was dragged offstage screaming, “Twits! I was getting to the chorus!”
Later that night Bender’s agent, Mr. Andrew Marks, found Reggie lying on the kitchen floor with a ballpoint pen jammed into his bleeding ear. Reggie had tried to silence the voices in his head. An ambulance rushed Bender to Bellevue Hospital. Mr. Marks witnessed the paramedics carry Reggie, strapped to a stretcher, through the hospital emergency doors where Bender mysteriously disappeared for 28 years.
Reggie Bender enigmatically re-appeared in 2014. He claimed the US Government kidnapped him.
Bender insists the US Military wanted to harness his ability to create a “wormhole.” “They were trying to make me a secret weapon! Bloody scary!” Recently uncovered documents, (including an eyewitness report by famous physicist theorist Stephen Hawking), suggest Bender’s claims of the clandestine kidnapping may actually be true!
Bender is now as prolific as ever, recording a new album in pure mind bending fashion.