Last Precious Cookie
Musical Commisions / Collaborations
The name Kablooie was a reference to the comic book sound effect, and in particular a nod to Bill Waterson's fantastic Calvin & Hobbes strip in which 6-year old Calvin's favourite bedtime story was Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie.
We played ska-funk-rock music heavily influenced by Extreme and No Doubt and played killer live shows. I handled vocals and keyboard, while Miss E played a mean guitar and sang back-up, Miko played the low grooves and Rami Siam hit things.
No - I wasn't in the band Japan. At least, if I was I have no recollection of that time in my life. I'm sure you wouldn't forget something like that so I think it's safe to say I wasn't. Anyway, when I was living in Japan I tried out various musical projects, open-miking at the Sugar-High Club in Shubuya, playing drums in a jazz-pop combo and playing percussion while singing back-up for Saya Oota - a collaboration that later developed into the group The Batsu-Marus.
THE CYBER BUNNIES / REDNECK SCENE
After developing a self-named genre Cosmic Acoustic Rap I started the Cyber Bunnies to develop the sound within a group. The band was short-lived (as we were London based and I was about to head off to Tokyo) but lots of fun, featuring Dave Howell, Rachel Hamilton and Piney Gir. You can hear the Cyber Bunnies track Bugleberry Tree in the Music Player.
I'd go on to work with Piney again drumming with the band she lead with Steffani Botinelli: Redneck Scene.
I was singing in my first gigging band at 18, a funk-rock outfit. We were young. We were crazy. We couldn't spell donut.