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ANDY WARHOL directs BENDER in 1982 music video

Warhol is already on the set, to direct Bender’s video: “DOPPELGANGER,” Warhol is wearing a black cashmere suit, a paisley tie, a silver blonde-platinum wig and sunglasses. Reggie arrives wearing black cashmere suit, paisley tie, a blonde-platinum wig and sunglasses. To Andy Warhol, it’s like looking into a mirror, Warhol is terrified. Reggie explains to Warhol, “I’m a parallel or distorted duplication of what already exists.” Reggie insists his concept will make a brilliant video. The cameras begin filming and, as random probability would have it, BOB DYLAN shows up riding his motorcycle. Dylan, angry about Warhol’s past abuse towards ...

ME, MY THEREMIN, and THE BEACH BOYS

1966, Nov.18, 1 a.m.: I am in my bed, at the Hyatt West Hotel on Sunset Strip with distressing insomnia. I am desperate for sleep. My band, THE GIDDY STATUES, and me are on tour of the USA with The JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE. We have one more gig in California: The Winterland Ballroom, then we will frantically continue the last leg of this US tour, finishing in New York City’s FILLMORE EAST.

Joe Meek: Britain’s First Independent Producer

JOE MEEK (Born April 5, 1929 in Gloucestershire, England. Died February 3, 1967, in London, England.) Joe Meek was Britain’s first independent producer and a believer in the occult, Meek was not above holding séances in the recording studio to summon assistance from beyond the veil from his leading inspiration, BUDDY HOLLY (died, February 3, 1959). Besides being England’s first indie record producer, he was a songwriter who helped bring Britain’s nascent recording industry into the modern age.

Dining Out with Ray & Dave Davies of The Kinks

The date is April 1968. I, and The Giddy Statues are officially, and legally dissolved as a band. I am now a solo act. This night, I had performed as supporting act for THE KINKS. My career looked like a dark abyss: no record contract and cancelled shows due to poor ticket sales. The Kinks career was also on a fast downward slide to failure. After tonight’s concert, Ray Davies, Dave Davies and I went to THE INFECTIOUS COCKNEY: a diner of ill repute, but with very reasonable prices. Me mum worked the night shift at times for extra money. I invited Ray and Dave to the diner as my guest, so we can get an after-gig bite to eat. I saw me Mum taking orders, rushing around this sleazy dinner serving all sorts of gruff customers. This broke my heart: I wanted to be a rock star and buy her a house. We sat down at an old table, me Mum took our order: grilled cheese, baked beans, chips, and a nice, properly made, pot of tea for all of us.

My Night with NICO

Nico gulps her drink in one swallow, and then says in her slow, Teutonic drone, “Bender, come up to my flat. The ghost of JIM MORRISON told me to write songs. So, I’ve been writing songs for my upcoming album. I am a big Reggie Bender fan; I wish to play these songs for you”. Trying not to gape at her luscious breasts, I agree to listen to her songs. Nico and I walk, arms around one another, into the cold, drizzly Berlin night. Destination: Nico’s flat.

REGGIE BENDER appears on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Feb. 4th, 2016 REGGIE BENDER made a TV appearance on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. Executive Producer of the TV show, Terry Lickona, and PBS knew Bender’s performance might be strange; but they were not prepared for Bender to sing a “lecture” on quantum mechanics, parallel universes, theoretical physics and badly brewed tea.

Memory Rewind: A Closet Full Of Mad Baboons

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April,1978: Reggie begins recording with famous record producer, PHIL SPECTOR. The sessions are extremely intense and exhausting. When Phil Spector comments, “Who made this tea? It’s cold.” Spector is thrown through the large glass window of engineer’s booth. The gun totting record producer, Phil Spector, runs out of the sessions whimpering and terrified of Reggie Bender. Bender is now heavily sedated and kept on medication. Reggie’s psychiatrist is summoned to finish producing the recordings. The album is finally completed with the title, “A CLOSET FULL OF MAD BABOONS”. The record label rejects the album and it remains unreleased. The record label President resigned rather than listen to side 2.

Memory Rewind: Club UFO (1967)

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Oct. 7th, 1967: At Club UFO: DONAVAN (who’s hits include, “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman.”) invites Reggie to perform onstage. Bender appears in red Cleopatra makeup, creating songs on the spot to backing from six sitars and a conga drum. Bender, having ingested various psychedelic drugs, has no recollection of this night or how he woke up naked atop the prehistoric monument, Stonehenge.

The Giddy Statues 1965 U.S. Tour with The Who

June, 1965 -The Giddy Statues first American tour: The Giddy Statues tour the USA with THE WHO. During a performance by The Who, Reggie accidentally gets hit over the head by PETE TOWNSHEND’S guitar. The Giddy Statues continue the US tour even though Reggie can only say the word, “Mayonnaise” for the next three weeks.

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