Quack and the Pneumatic Ducks -- Mach 7 -- Cinnimon
Haze -- Membrane
||This is my effort to fit all the key people and events
that were our band into a consistant time frame. It is still a work
in progress -- there many fuzzy areas, and we're not even close listing
all the gigs we played. As each former band member and friend has
shared their memories, it has helped to fill in some of the blanks, or
sometimes has raised new questions and problems.
Were you there? I would very much like to continue to refine
and add to this, so please send me any additions, changes, or especially
any memories that come to mind.
-- Chip Chapin.
since July 3, 2000
Updated July 22, 2000
|New! The chronology has been updated using recently
discovered notes in Chip's mother's engagement
Quack and the Pneumatic Ducks
7th grade (1965-66), Earl
Warren Junior High School, Solana Beach, California. (note: EW was
grades 7-9 at that time).
|Larry Minton wants to start a band, recruits various friends
and classmates from Miss Nikkel's English class. The lineup soon
includes Larry, Bill, Carl, Kim, Monte, Chip, Chris Kane, and Nancy Fisher.
Quack and the Pneumatic Ducks
Miss Helen Nikkel, 1965 (1966 Caballitos)
Chip: My first contribution to the band was the word "pneumatic".
The name started as "Quack and the HYDRAULIC Ducks". But I had recently
finished reading "Brave New World", and imagined that "pneumatic" was sexier.
It was generally understood that Larry was "Quack". :-)
Somewhat less clear is when, exactly, we started having practices.
The general concensus is that practices began during the Summer of 1966.
However there is no evidence that I (Chip) actually participated in any
practice until March 1967. The full chronology of this first year
may never be known, but it is definitely an area for further research.
8th grade (1966-67)
Saturday March 4, 1967: Chip's
mother's calendar records: "Chip at Larry Minton's for little music
group rehearsal." This is likely the first band practice that Chip
attended; its uncertain just how many (if any) had gone before. The
instrumental lineup at this stage is problematic, however, because only
4 of the 7 of us actually have an instrument, and the choice of instruments
is, in some cases, unusual for a rock band. To wit:
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Bill Lawrence - Lead Guitar
Carl Geiberger - Organ
(but doesn't have one yet)
Kim Hujsak - Rhythm Guitar
Monte Etherton - Wannabe Drummer
(never played, no instrument)
Larry Minton - Autoharp,
with intent to get mandolin.
Chris Kane - Clarinet
Chip Chapin - Wannabe Drummer
(never played, no instrument)
|Quack and the Pneumatic Ducks:
8th Grade, Fall, 1966
(Earl Warren 1967 Caballitos yearbook)
Chip: I have a clear memory of beating on a ferrotype plate (anybody
else remember those?) with drumsticks at Larry's house. I remember
this because it ruined my ferrotype plate! Pots and pans may also
have been involved.
8th grade (1966-67): Monte buys a Norma drum set, thus proving he's
actually serious about this.
Chip: Meanwhile, I've done nothing, so my dreams of being a drummer
go up in smoke.
8th grade (early 1967): Nancy Fisher is recruited as singer. She
describes the endeavor in her own words:
Nancy Fisher, 8th grade
|Nancy: I was, indeed, the first choice of Quack and
the Pneumatic Ducks. Unfortunately, I could only intermittently carry
a tune (I remember Bill's mom walking through the room with a basket of
laundry and wincing at some note I hit) -- and it didn't help that our
entire repertoire was Buffalo Springfield and I was expected to sing the
lead on "For What it's Worth." Stills could barely do it! Everyone
wanted me there anyway, which was very sweet, so I was given a tambourine
and encouraged to look cute...silently. I tried it for awhile, but
was too embarrassed by my lack of talent to continue. Or maybe I
was kicked out and have successfully blocked it.
Chip: The song "For What It's Worth" was released some time in 1967,
so Nancy's memory can be no earlier than that. She doesn't remember
me being there, and I don't remember her being there, so it must be from
the limbo period before I became the bass player.
Nancy adds: We actually played a job with me on tambourine.
It was for a party for one of our teachers, so it almost had to be Miss
Nikkel. Seems like it was in Encinitas, but could have been Solana
Beach. There were very few of us, but I'm positive that at least
Bill and Monte were there. I remember Monte, especially, because
I had a bit of a crush on him at the time (see, I wasn't always the crushee!).
Again, since we only knew a few songs from the recent Buffalo Springfield
album, we quickly ran out of things to play, and played one song over at
least once, maybe twice. I think it was "Sit Down I Think I Love
Monday May 1, 1967: Chip rents his first bass from Finder's Music
in Escondido (HGC). Chip
recounts the decision to play bass:
Chip: A delegation of several band members come up to me on the
lawn at Earl Warren and tell me that I need to either get a bass and play
it, or I'm out of the band. It is truly a pivotal moment in my life,
considering how important bass playing has been to me ever since.
Odd that I didn't so much choose the bass, but rather chose to be in the
band with my friends. Bass was the only job left. I have no
regrets at all... I rented a Teisco Del Rey bass for 1 month, and
took 1 month of lessons from Don Quilter at Finder's Music in Escondido.
During this month I ordered a cheap Japanese "Beatle" (i.e. violin-shaped)
bass via Monte's wholesale connection with Coast Music.
Chris Kane becomes singer.
Chip: I remember a "practice" at Kim's house where we tried to figure
out who would sing. We each took turns singing something, and Chris
Kane seemed to do best. Also, we didn't really need or want a clarinet
player. So he became the singer. When did this take place?
I suppose it was in 1967 some time after Nancy was gone? I don't
remember if this was before or after I had a bass.
Thursday June 15, 1967 (HGC):
Our public debut in a Battle of the Bands versus a group led by Rudy Gutierrez
in the Earl Warren Cafetorium. Larry recalls playing the autoharp
with us, unamplified. Carl didn't play at this, because he didn't
have an electric instrument yet. Chip on bass and Chris singing the
songs including Louie-Louie, Wipe-Out, Gloria, When I Was Young
(see Lifetime Song List). We apparently
also played for a "1st period class party", but so far nobody has indicated
any remembrance of the event.
Wednesday July 19, 1967 (HGC):
Possibly our first paid gig, a garden party for Chip's mother. Debut
and last performance of Chip's song Fantasy Man. Larry plays
electric mandolin. Carl was there but it's unclear what he did.
Possibly he played the Chapin's piano.
Chip: Even then we were "too loud": we played in the living room
and all the guests were on the other side of the house, around the pool.
Saturday September 2, 1967 (HGC):
Play for RSF Junior Tennis Club. Chris Kane, our singer, was already
a notable tennis player and was probably the connection by which we got
The Suzie Calen Era
Early 9th grade (1967-68) brings many important changes:
The exact order of the name change/personnel change is still unclear, but
. Note that Larry is still in the band at this point or else we wouldn't
Band changes name to Mach 7, "Seven times the speed of sound."
Chris Kane drops out of the band because his Dad wants him to concentrate
on tennis (Chris was already nationally ranked). Also, Chris leaves
Earl Warren to attend University High.
The trauma of losing Chris is relieved somewhat when Suzie Calen replaces
Chris. She is already an excellent singer and, from our perspective,
much better looking!
Wednesday October 25, 1967 (HGC):
First band practice at Suzie Calen's. Still unclear is exactly when
she joined the band, but the last practice at the Kane's is recorded on
September 10th. Then there is a mad flurry of practices starting
October 20th which must have included Suzie.
Suzie Calen, 9th grade (1968 Caballitos)
Suzie with Diane Gossard, 8th grade (1967 Caballitos)
Chip: I don't remember exactly what prompted the name change,
but fundamentally a bunch of 13 or 14-year olds called "Quack and the Pneumatic
Ducks" were just hard to take seriously. "Mach 7" seemed to connote
a more serious enterprise. However, the name suffers from being ambiguous
in pronunciation and somewhat obscure: it was usually necessary to spell
out M-a-c-h for people, and often to explain what it meant (mach 1 = the
speed of sound, mach 7 meaning "seven times the speed of sound").
January 1968: Band changes name to Cinnimon (sic) Haze, reflecting our
changing musical tastes and resolving the numerical discrepancy inherent
in six people being known as Mach 7.
Chip: I'm pretty certain that we didn't change the name to Cinnimon
Haze until after Larry had left. I have a vivid memory of him showing
off the 12-string at a practice in the library at my house in RSF.
If he got it for Christmas, then that dates his departure, the name change,
and the arrival of David Blair to early 1968. I think the variant
spelling of "cinnamon" was unintentional -- just a mistake. Carl
claims to recall that we needed the narrower spacing to fit on Monte's
drum head. Whatever the reason, once committed, we stuck with
Our $200 bank loan for the PA is in the name of "The Cinnimon Haze Group"
so must have been early 1968.
Saturday January 20, 1968 (HGC):
Play for Teen Dance at Methodist Church on Birmingham Ave in Cardiff.
This is the first gig at which Carl uses his new "red" organ. It
is possible that the so-called "April 1968"
Cinnimon Haze photos are really from the practice just before this
gig or the Cotillion gig on Feb 3rd.
David Blair becomes manager.
David Blair, 9th grade (1968 Caballitos)
||David: I remember being somewhat envious
when you all formed Quack and the Pneumatic Ducks so I decided to start
my own band. I don’t remember if we ever had a name, and I can only
remember one other member, the guitarist, George Nameth [probably Nasif
-- chip] . I had a homemade amplifier built into an old wooden
hi-fi stereo cabinet and we played “Louie Louie” and “The Little Black
Egg with the Little White Specks” over and over and over again.
Failing to get any paying gigs, the band soon broke up and I turned my
attention to figuring out what I could do to become a part of your group.
I don’t know if the name had yet officially been changed to “Cinnimon Haze”
or if I had anything at all to do with the odd spelling of the name, but
my spelling and handwriting have always been bad enough that I certainly
could have! I had already been asked sometime earlier to be on the
Dance Committee for The Cotillion which was held at the Garden Club in
RSF and one of the our duties was to pick a band for the end of the season
party. I asked you guys if I could act as your manager, something
that every successful band really should have, if I could get you a paying
job. My fee: a mere 15% of the contract, a real bargain, as most
managers got 25% I explained.
Saturday, February 3, 1968 (HGC):
San Dieguito Cotillion gig. The first one that David booked for us.
He describes the booking process:
David: Now for some reason the Cotillion Dance Committee held it’s
first meeting during the school day in a classroom at Earl Warren Junior
High. When it came to the point in the meeting at which we were asked
for our suggestions for the band for the party, I played it so cool. I
slowly raised my hand and began to speak, but before I could get a word
out, Madeline Scalice, seated in the next row to my right blurted out “Oh,
we all really want Cinnimon Haze to Play”. Without even stopping to take
a breath between sentences she then turned to me and continued “Oh, and
by the way David, Bill says that if they get the job I get the 15%”.
Not wanting to blow the gig for the band altogether, I just quietly said,
“We’ll talk about that later.” Well, you did get the job and I did
get the 15% and from that point on I was officially the Manager.
Bill: We were all bummed because we had to forsake our usual psychedelic
shirts [they were Nehru shirts. I still have the gold chain that
went with mine - cc] with matching white collars for dress shirts and
ties. I remember the MC asking us to play a tango--we all looked
at Chip, (the only Cotillion-trained member of the band) and he suggested
Mr. Spaceman [nah, couldn't have been me -- cc]. The
MC was obviously less than pleased with our choice.
||Cinnimon Haze with Suzie Calen
Chip's house in Rancho
Click on image for more April 68 pix.
Chip: We were going to a gig when these "April 68" pictures
were taken. But my mom's calendar lists no gigs in April. So
either there was an omission or these were from earlier in the year.
Friday May 10, 1968 (HGC): Double
header!? According to my Mom's notes we played at Oak Crest Jr. High
(grades 7-8 in Encinitas) in the afternoon, and for San Dieguito High School
in the evening. Since this is the only record of a gig at San Dieguito
while we were in 9th grade, I think it must be the "Earl Warren mega talent
show" mentioned by Bill.
Bill: Anyone remember us playing "White Rabbit" at the Earl Warren
mega talent show held at the San Dieguito gym? I remember holding
on to one of our mikes and touching the fire hose plumbing at the same
time. Carl (one of the few of us who prevailed in Mr. Landfear's
science class) reminded me that in so doing I was the human link between
110 volts and all the plumbing of Encinitas. No wonder there were
stars in my eyes. Was that 9th grade?
Monte: We played "White Rabbit" for an assembly at San Dieguito,
and SuC sang.
Saturday May 25, 1968 (HGC):
Band plays for 7th Grade Cotillion at the RSF Garden Club.
Friday June 14, 1968: Last day of 9th grade. No more Earl Warren.
Tuesday June 18, 1968 (HGC):
Trip (follow link for some pictures).
Summer of 1968: Suzie leaves the band. I cannot remember the circumstances
that led to her departure, but vaguely recall that it was not entirely
amicable, and included some dispute over the PA system. Perhaps I'm
wrong about this. I asked Kim and he said that he thought Suzie left
to devote more time to cheerleading. He didn't remember any dispute.
My recollection is that Bill takes on lead singing, but I don't know how
many gigs we had before he left.
Sunday August 18, 1968: Band practice at David Blair's.
Chip: We only practiced at David's twice I think (the police were
summoned due to the noise) and I don't recall Suzie ever practicing with
us there. If that's true, then she must have left the band by this
Saturday August 31, 1968 (HGC):
My mother's calendar records "Chip, Monte, Carl, Kim here for rehearsal
Chip: Where was Bill? Had he already left? I thought
it was later in the year... And no mention of David.
September 1968: Start of 10th grade at San
Dieguito High School, Encinitas California
Sunday September 22, 1968 (HGC):
Rock festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Chip: This was my first big rock festival and I really enjoyed it.
It was my first real exposure to the Grateful Dead, Ike & Tina
Turner Review and many others. I don't think Bill attended, but
I know that Monte and Kim, and probably David and Carl, were there.
Friday, September 27, 1968 (HGC):
Roller Rink gig, Solana Beach.
Saturday, September 28, 1968 (HGC):
"Band plays at Sally Johnson's wedding reception - La Fremontia"
Chip: We were never big on the wedding circuit, this may have been
our only one. Of course we were too loud, and didn't know many different
styles of music. We didn't have much of a stage act either, and what
we did have wasn't geared for a wedding crowd.
10th grade (1968-69): Bill leaves the band. I don't remember when,
but I think it was shortly after a gig in the Earl Warren Cafetorium.
My recollection of the "why" is that the type of music we were playing
was increasingly at odds with his faith. Bill's departure leaves
a big hole, but fortunately the separation was friendly.
10th grade (1968-69): We audition Colin Shatz for singer, and maybe guitar
player too. It doesn't work out. Once again, the exact dates
are very uncertain.
The David Blair Era
10th grade (1968-69): David Blair becomes
singer. As he pointed out, since he was already our manager we got
a singer for free! The band personnel now remains stable until our
breakup in 1972. There is considerable uncertainly about the dates
of Bill's departure, Colin's audition and David's ascension. I have
always thought that Bill didn't leave until sometime in 10th grade, because
we played at least one EW gig together (in the Cafetorium, not outdoors)
while he was going with Jenny. David is sure the outdoor gig at EW
was not during school, but was a community event during the summer or a
holiday with nice weather. We all remember Colin being there.
It being Solana Beach, the nice weather could have been any time, and so
does not exclude December. It couldn't be too late in 1969 because
I think David had been our singer for quite a good while before we went
to Newport 69.
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Lead singer, Management
Cinnimon Haze with David Blair
(San Dieguito H.S. 1969 Hoofprint)
David: One of our very first gigs with me as lead singer was at
the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. I was still reading the words off of a piece
of paper for several songs I hadn’t yet memorized and I remember hiding
behind one of the amps while I was singing so no one could see me reading.
Chip: Could this possibly be the infamous "Meeting House" gig?
It's infamous because Kim refused to come to a practice unless we could
actually practice at the Meeting House, the place where the gig was supposed
to be. So we put up a sign at the end of my driveway that said "Meeting
House", told Kim that, yes, we were practicing at the Meeting House, and
then somebody picked him up and brought him over. He was not amused.
The sign was attached to one of those very cool "pointing hands" that Carl
used to make. Then somebody stole the sign during the night :-(.
Kim was still living in RSF at that time. The other thing I remember
about this gig is that I was using my old 1-15 amp (the one in the April
68 pix) and it quit working during setup. I whipped out the trusty
tool kit, opened it up, and found that one of the internal speaker wires
that went from the voice coil to the lugs had broken. Soldered it
back together and on with the show.
10th grade (1968-69): Outdoor gig at Earl Warren with David. David
David: We came up with what still seems like a great way to introduce
our new, hip “Sound”. We began the performance with our “old” standard
“Calling out around the world are you ready for a brand new beat?” at which
point we broke into “Purple Haze” which surprised the audience and got
us a great round of applause when it was over. I remember ending the set
that day with “Time” by the Chambers Brothers in which I got to use my
new, cool reverb box!
Saturday, October 5, 1968 (HGC):
Republican Block Party in RSF. Outdoor stage in front of the drug
Chip: Since everyone in Rancho was a Republican, this amounted to
a community picnic. I remember doing a rousing version of Soul Kitchen,
probably with David singing. Also, we were experimenting with ear
plugs at this time, which assumed new importance after an unfortunate incident
in which kleenex got stuck in my ear at Monte's house. Monte's Dad
took me to the doctor in Encinitas.
Friday November 22, 1968 (HGC):
Play for dance at San Dieguito Military Academy.
Saturday May 17, 1969 (HGC):
Friday-Sunday June 20-22, 1969: Newport 69 at Devonshire Downs, Northridge,
attended by Monte, David, Kim and Chip. A major 3-day rock festival
featuring the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Spirit, Credance, and Jethro Tull.
This counterculture immersion experience did much to harden our edge and
attitudes about music.
Publicity photo taken in field adjacent to Chip's house in RSF.
View to the south shows virgin hills of Fairbanks Ranch.
Note the reversed lettering on the kick drum. Monte had a double
bass kit with the band name written in black on white on one drum, and
in mirror image in white on black for the other drum. For this photo
he only used the reversed drum.
It took us a while to figure this out.
Click photo for larger image.
Cinnimon Haze c. 1969
(l-r) Kim, Carl, David, Chip, Monte
Friday September 12, 1969 (HGC):
Play for dance at Solana Skating Rink.
Monte: Solana Beach Roller Rink Gig, where Fred Franklin and I played
the InnaGaddaDaVida drum solo simultaneously.
Monday September 15, 1969 (HGC): First day of 11th grade, San
Dieguito High School.
Wednesday December 10, 1969 El Cortez Hotel (HGC).
This gig seems to have sparked a lot of memories:
David: And how about the weirdest gig of all: The El Cortez Hotel
- where the MC was Jane Wyatt from “Father Knows Best”. They had
a professional light show crew set up just for us and we played only a
single number: a ten-minute jam version of the Door’s “Soul Kitchen”.
I was wearing an old, red silk pajama top of my dad’s with bell-bottom
pants and though I looked “way cool”. When we finally ended the song
the “mature” crowd appeared to be in shock and it took an excruciatingly
long time before the weak applause began.
Carl: Our set was "enhanced" by dancing members of an Up With People
cast that also performed there that day.
Monte: Oh well, I do now at least remember trying to get a twin bass
drum set into an elevator...
Chip: Huh? El Cortez? Oh wait! This is the one
where some people on stage are talking about "today's music" and the older
character (probably Jane Wyatt) complains, "It starts with a bang and ...."
That was our cue and we started Soul Kitchen. But it was stupid because
Soul Kitchen starts very quietly! No one had told us beforehand what
the context was! This has bothered me ever since, because we could
have done "Light My Fire" and it would have been perfect.
David: I took along a friend from San Dieguito, Bobbie Polkemp (sic?)
who was well over 6' tall and quite good looking. The two or more professional
light show guys who were several years older than us zoomed in on her right
away. They kept trying to get her to go out with them telling her that
she was way to hot to be hanging out with the likes of us. I was surprised
by her loyality as she just grabbed my arm and kept saying "No way! I'm
Friday December 26, 1969 (HGC):
Play for dance at St Peter's Episcopal Church, Del Mar.
Other gigs in 11th grade (1969-70): By the end of 1969, I think we all
had our driver's licenses. This allowed us much more flexibility
in where and when we could play.
Chip: I'm sure we played places like Poway High, Vista High, and
Meadowbrook Intermediate School as Cinnimon Haze during this year.
Carl: I think we played at the Army/Navy Academy in Carlsbad, and
I know we played twice at the military academy in Solana Beach (SDMA?).
David: Does anyone remember playing at Sara Lyon's birthday party (was
it her sweet 16th?) in the Ranch where we had to set up outside at night
in wet grass and kept getting wicked electrical shocks? To make matters
worse a neighbor kept complaining about the noise and her parents kept
asking if we could turn it down, eventually asking if we could play without
Friday January 9, 1970 (HGC):
Play for dance at San Dieguito.
1970: It's still unclear when we changed our name to Membrane, but I am
pretty sure it was in 1970, prior to graduation.
Chip: The intent, as I think of it, was to acquire a name that was
more "bad" and heavy; less soft and cutesy-psychedelic.
May 16-17, 1970: San Dieguito High School all night After-Prom at the San
Diego State Student Union. We had a tough time figuring out whether
this was in 1970 or 1971. Actually from my mom's calendars it looks
like we played for both the 1970
and 1971 afterproms. Odd
that none of us remember doing it twice, but it helps to explain some variations
in our memories:
Carl: I went to the prom in our junior year with Margie Moreno,
took her home, and then went to the afterprom to play...so, I vote for
1970. As you know, the room we played in was separated from the bowling
alley by a closed door. I don't recall luring in more than a half dozen
"dancers" at any given time, so it's no wonder no one remembers any details.
David: This was a weird one, and possibly one of our last together
as Membrane. I think we started about midnight and played till dawn. Things
were going ok until about 3AM when for some reason I decided to sing my
own imagined “dirty” lyrics to “Louie Louie”. I must have sung too loud
and too clearly as the room quickly cleared with several people shaking
their heads in disgust as they walked out. Some time later, I nearly fell
off of the stage, maybe from lack of sleep, but more likely from some kind
of substance abuse. On the drive home after the job I had to hang my head
out of the car window to stay awake as I drove home and nearly fell asleep
behind the wheel several times. I remember this being a low point
for me with the band and situations like this may have contributed in part
to Carl leaving soon afterward.
Chip: I remember a number of details about this gig. It was one
of the only ones where I was actually loud enough! That's because
I not only had my own two ElectroVoice 15s (in the white cabinet that I
built), but I also had borrowed Jim Jack's cabinet with two 15s.
I think his was a Carvin. I'm pretty sure that I drove both of them
with my 130W Carvin power amp, or maybe it was Jim's amp, or maybe even
both. Also, we played in a cave-like room with concrete walls.
The acoustics were worse than The Pit. Last memory: the student center
featured a bowling alley, and we stole a bowling ball. Some time
later, this bowling ball was sent rolling down the back side of El Zumaque
in RSF. Near the bottom it hit the curb and went airborne for about
20 feet, squarely striking a telephone pole about 10 feet up. It
left a mammoth dent in the wood of the pole. Someone should check
to see if it's still there.
Friday June 26, 1970 (HGC):
Play for dance at RSF Riding Club.
Summer of 1970: Monte and Debbie get married!
the future Mrs. Etherton
San Dieguito H.S. Hoofprint, 1969
12th grade (1970-71), San Dieguito High School (except Kim, who attends
La Jolla High)
Friday October 23, 1970 (HGC):
Play for Halloween Dance at Oak Crest Jr. High.
Friday October 30, 1970 (HGC):
Play for after-game dance at San Dieguito.
Friday January 8, 1971 (HGC):
Play for dance at Meadowbrook Intermediate School, Poway
Sunday March 21, 1971 (HGC): Play for "First Day of Spring" celebration
at San Dieguito Park. This was a free gig, where our buddies the
Volcano and Whiskey Flats Resistance Band also performed.
||May 1971, Chip and Carl at practice in The Pit.
Part of a set of 1971 photos by Chip's mother. Click on the
picture to see the whole set.
Saturday May 15, 1971 (HGC):
It appears that, for the second year, we played for the San Dieguito After
12th grade. Various gigs. Here are several good recollections,
though some of these may have been as Cinnimon Haze:
San Dieguito High School Auditorium – Night time dance
David: I think we played for at least two of these, probably more.
Several main recollections: For some reason at one dance all of our power
cords were plugged into outlets on the front face of the stage with easy
access by anyone on the dance floor. During the middle of a song some wise
guy (Vincent Heimstra comes to mind – You remember him, don’t you Larry?)
of course pulled the plug and we went totally dead, except for the drums.
Being in the front of the stage, I saw it coming and quickly stepped forward,
attempting to kick the offender in the face, barely missing. Perhaps at
the very same dance we started our 8+ minute version of “Soul Kitchen”
bet it was "When the Music's Over" -- chip] about two minutes before
the dance was scheduled to end. At the stroke of the ending hour (9PM?)
there was Bill Barrier in my face at the front of the stage, rapidly sliding
his index finger across his neck signaling “Kill the Music!” Being true
professionals and being in a position for the first time in my life to
disobey him, I just shook my head “NO” and we played on! At some point
(probably a different dance) we had begun to let Mike Benelli play his
guitar and sing during our breaks. This seemed like a good way to keep
the audience entertained while we were offstage, and in fact he wasn’t
too bad. This however turned out to be a big mistake. He was told
to play for 10-15 minutes, but 30 minutes later he still wouldn’t leave
the stage! I had to walk on stage and take over the microphone before he
would finally leave.
Vista High School – After Football Game Dance
David: When we first arrived at the school we found the entrance
road that we had been directed to blocked by a locked gate. We just parked
in the driveway and waited for someone to open it for us. Soon two cops
arrived, told us that we were illegally parked in a fire lane, searched
our vehicles and wrote us parking tickets. At some point during the performance
we announced that we had gotten tickets while trying to load in and we
sent a couple of girls that were with us (Heidi and one of her friends?)
around with a hat to take up a collection to pay for the tickets. Later
one of the girls told me between songs that they had actually collected
more than enough to pay for the tickets. I took the excess change and began
to toss it into the crowd. Well why not? Real rock stars were always
throwing things into the crowd. Another big mistake – for the next
two or three songs pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters came zooming past
my head as the crowd flung them back at us!
Vista High School – Another after-game dance
Chip: We were booked to play an after-game dance at Vista.
Now, about this time we had discovered Carvin in Escondido, which was then
still a very small and personal company. The owners, brothers Carson
and Gavin, had a policy of letting local bands try out a full Carvin PA
system at a live gig. So I arrange this with them for the Vista dance.
The procedure is that they actually load up the PA system in their own
van, bring it to the gig and set it up. The very afternoon of the
dance, we get a call from Vista: they've cancelled the dance! It's
after hours, but I frantically call Carvin in hopes of heading them off.
Fortunately they answer the phone, but meanwhile they've already loaded
their van with all the gear, and are a little pissed off about it.
They tell me that they will never be able to do that for us again.
I've been just a little scared of them ever since.
June 1971: High School graduation. Chip gets drunk for the first
Membrane after High School: 1971
Friday September 17, 1971 (HGC):
Play for after-game dance at Vista High School
Saturday September 18, 1971 (HGC):
Play for dance at San Marcos High School
late September 1971: Chip, Carl and Kim all start at UCSD.
Chip: One reason I passed up Stanford for UCSD was to stay in the
band. In hindsight, probably not a great decision, but it could have
worked if I hadn't fallen into "teenage wasteland" during 1972.
Other gigs, late 1971: I'm almost certain that there were at least one
or two gigs prior to Poway High in December.
December 3, 1971: After-game dance at Poway High. This is where and
when "Membrane Live at Poway High", our only known, surviving live recording,
was made. The practice recordings "Carl's Good Example" and "In The
Pit" also date from around this period.
The last documented performance of "Membrane" was at Poway High,
December 3 1971.
1972: The Band Breaks Up
When I first started the project to figure out the whole "Cinnimon
Haze" chronology I wrote down the following: "1972: Sometime during the
first half of the year, the band just fades away as we go our separate
ways. Or maybe I just faded away: I drop out of school, give away
many possessions, give up soap, and hitchhike around the USA with no money."
Since then I've had the unique opportunity to refresh my memory from
my mother's calendars. The last band practice mentioned in her notes
was on May 26, 1972.
Five days later I began a series of long treks across the USA, largely
alone, either hitchhiking or by car, which kept me away from home almost
continuously until November. I have to admit that my own absences
contributed greatly to the band's end. When I returned in November
we were all very different people and the band was dead.
Those of you who kept in close touch with me during the period 1972-1973
(mostly Monte, Kim and David) know that substance abuse led to some serious
problems for me. I thank God for the patience of my friends and family,
and for allowing me to survive those years without a criminal record and
with my mind mostly intact.
-- Chip Chapin
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Chip Chapin / cchapin AT cs.stanford.edu