CHRIS DEMARCO TAKES YOU THROUGH HIS MUSICAL HISTORY
FROM 1969 TO 1990
1969…SMOKE JONES, blues band with Rick Bozzo on bass from Frost. Played clubs in LA. Our first gig was playing at Michael Landon’s daughter’s birthday pool party.
1970…NORTH, rock band with Denny Carmassi (Heart and Montrose) on drums and Jim Alcivar (Montrose) on Keyboards. Recorded and played clubs in LA. Moved to SF and played concerts at colleges and at The Family Dog.
1970…MERCY HUMP, rock band. Played Gazzari’s on the Strip on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
1971…Joined THE TANGERINE ZOO in Boston. They had already released two albums and we played concert sized clubs in Boston, Providence RI, Newport RI and Portland Maine. (Became friends with the guys in Aerosmith).
Left The ZOO and played the same clubs as a Solo act.
Met the guys in the RGF and joined their band and moved with them to Gainesville, FL. Played clubs and concerts with the RGF on the same bill as Tom Petty.
1972…Decided to move back to LA. Roger Prescott (POP) and I went together in January. Decided to study acting and met my future wife, Toni, in Justin Smiths acting class, which had Michelle Phillips (The MaMa’s and the PaPa’s) and Greg Mullavy (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) in the class as well.
Toni and I moved to Paris in March. I bought a guitar and started writing songs. Lived in Paris and Rome till September. Toni was pregnant so we moved to Laurel Canyon in Hollywood.
1972-1973…I called Jeff Jourard from the RGF (later of The Motels) and invited him to move to LA. Jeff talked Michael Hitchcock (drums) and Tom Patti (guitar) into coming along too and we formed CHRIS DEMARCO and the RGF. We recorded a demo (my first 4 songs) in my living room, gave it to Dino Arali (A&R for Shelter Records) and he took us into the Capitol Records Studio to cut three masters. During this period of time we were playing The Whiskey and creating a solid following. We filled the Whiskey whenever we played.
Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf) moved in across the street from me and we became fast friends. We started a new CHRIS DEMARCO band with Brian Glascock (Bee Gees, Joan Armatrading, Iggy Pop and The Motels) on drums, Jim Fielder (Blood Sweat and Tears) on bass and Scott Thurston (Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Cult, Glenn Frey and The Motels) on piano.
1974…Cut 4 songs at MGM Studios with Chris Huston (Led Zeppelin and The Who).
Recorded 4 new songs at Larrabee Studios in Hollywood with Jimmy Robinson engineering (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) Michael Monarch, Billy Joel, Klaus Voorman (The Beatles, John Lennon), Buddy Miles, Jim Fielder and Rhys Clark.The recordings were mixed at Westlake Studios and The Record Plant in SF.
1975…Spent in LA playing showcases and gigs at the Whiskey till October when I moved to NYC.
1976…Wrote some songs with John Philips.
1976…Moved to Paris and produced several dance records for an indie company including versions of “Just a Gigolo” and “Dancin’ in the Nude”. These were recorded as my French alter ego MICHEL DELON.
1977…Back in NYC, Met Ned Liben (Later part of EBN/OZN) and joined him to form the band I named RIFF RAFF. I got Sid Bernstein to manage us and after just 2-3 months playing gigs in the village at Copperfield's and with the help of Mim Scala, Chris Blackwell signed us to Island Records. Ned and I wrote the album, Bob Margouleff produced it. We recorded the record at Media Sound on 57th St. and mixed it at Caribou Ranch in Boulder CO. We played concerts at CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Gildersleeves and several concert halls in NJ. When Island didn’t release the record I left the band and went solo again.
1978…I rented a beautiful, apartment at 1 W 85th St. and spent the year writing songs and helping raise my two children.
1978…I started recording again. First at Media Sound I recorded 5 masters with Yogi Horton (Luther Vandross, Hall and Oates, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Kenny G, The B-52’s and Aretha Franklin) on Drums, Pierre ‘Pepe’ Brock (Robert Palmer Band) on bass, Ken Mazur (Robert Palmer Band) on guitar and Michael Abene (Duke Ellington and Maynard Ferguson) on piano.
Next I recorded 13 master tracks at the House of Music in Orange NJ. The musicians were: Thommy Price (Billy Idol, Ron Wood, Debbie Harry, Roger Daltrey, Blue Oyster Cult, Psychadelic Furs, Joan Jett and others) on drums, Pierre “Pepe” Brock on bass, Ken Mazur (Robert Palmer Band) and Bob Culick (Meat Loaf), and Lars Hanson (Rex Smith Band) on guitars.
1979-1985…Played many gigs in and around NYC including the great TRAX.
1983…Recorded two masters at The Hit Factory with Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones) producing. The musicians were Yogi Horton, Norbert Slowely on bass, Ken Mazur, guitar and Jack Waldman (Robert Palmer Band) on keyboards.
1984…Back to Media Sound with John Anthony (producer of Queen, Genesis, Ace, Al Stewart and Roxy Music) producing 7 master tracks. The musicians were Ken Mazur and Lars Hanson on guitar, Joe Ford on bass. Peter Wood (Pink Floyd and Al Stewart) on piano and keyboards. I programmed the drums and some bass and keyboards. Anton Figg (David Letterman Band) played drums on two tracks with John Regan on bass (Peter Frampton, The Stones, Billy Idol).
1984…I started my own recording studio and production house. I wrote and produced scores of songs for myself, other artists, many jingles and themes for TV shows in NYC.
1987…After writing and recording 20 or so Country songs, I put a band together and gigged doing these songs as my country alter ego CHRISTOHER KING.
1989…Composed, recorded and produced the music sound track for TROMA’S WAR. It was a feature film distributed worldwide.
1990 …Composed, recorded and produced the music sound track for TOXIC AVENGER III. This also was a feature film distributed worldwide.