I've known Geoff since he was 13 yrs of age. I was still getting him out of jail in the late 80's. The Telepath youtube videos are all with Geoff on bass, and more songs he played on are on randomoniumfilms.com. The Telepaths - was the 'brainchild' of Geoff Cade, Dan Rabinowitz, Reid Vance & Kurt Werner, & was not conceived to be a rock band only, but a philosophical vehicle of literary momentum - to contradict the cultural insanity which surrounded & consumed them. They gathered in Dan's basement to discuss their motives & where they defined their intentions -philosophically. They discussed Magritte,Dali,&The Surrealists - William Blake & other mystic poets ( Nietzche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," Colin Wilson's "The Occult," & Andre Weil's "A Natural Mind," were required reading) - & defined 'their' roles - this was before they owned instruments. Kurt was to be the singer but was more intent upon his sanity breaking & would wait - dedicated to poetry, yoga & visions of 13* Hypothetical Space & 'The Telepathic Talisman.' Dean Hegelson & Erich were recruited but Dean discovered he was to die of bone cancer so Bill was asked to join. Kurt bought Bill a drum set so he had no reason not to play. One day Gregor & Kurt were heisting beer off a delivery truck, & then went into Dreamland on the Ave where Kurt sat down next to 'The Man from Borneo,' Homer Spence, & offered him a beer. Homer noticed Kurt carried Funhouse but it had no picture on the inside cover - so Homer offered to give Kurt a copy. Homer & Gregor became Telepaths. This was the mid - late 70's when L.S.D. was routine. The Telepaths were Acid Heads & eaters of Soma, the food of the gods: the bread of the heavens. Their first stage show was the opening of Pink Flamingos at the Moore Egyptian Theater in Seattle with songs like 'City Lights' during which Kurt decapitated a plastic alter boy he was face-f***ing ( Gregor threw the head into the audience to the glee of all fags present ). The ex-Whiz Kids, Rio, Tamato, & Melba Toast, fronted the Telepaths second set as 'The Tuppewares' in honor of Divine. There were no clubs or places to play, otherwise - only bar bands existed - everything else was closed by 9 P.M. except Johnny's Handlebar ( eventually Wrex & then The Vogue ) & the Red Light District ( 7-Elevens opened & bootlegging beer was habit ), so Geoff & Kurt began renting the Odd Fellows Hall & opened it to public performances like T.M.T. shows, Poetry readings & Jean Cocteua Film Festivals. After Kurt's 1976 Nova graduation at Volunteer Park, where he screamed his Bonoid head off, The Tuppewares renamed themselves The Screamers. The Telepaths payed out of pocket. The most they ever received in payment in over four years was ($13) thirteen dollars for two nights at the Mabuhay in S.F. split five ways. Their Odd Fellows Hall was absconded from them & reopened as 'The Bird' & they were required to pay double the rent. The police almost always made the shows. The Telepaths were closed down more often than not, so they became proficient at the perfunctory execution of their sets. Usually playing every weak or two live, they never played the same set twice & always introduced at least two or three new songs. The god of 'Spontaneity' was worshiped. Gregor, Kurt & Geoff Cade established 'The Telepathic Foundation' (in substitution of ego-foundation) in Ballard at the end of 1975, a twenty-four hour/seven hangout for anybody & everyone ( Iggy performed, Blondie, The Feelies - once Geoff decided to quite the Telepaths and work with Greg Raegan instead [they both continued living there, etc.. ) . This is where Kurt Werner suicided, the Druid S. Patrick revived, & through transmogrification a litany of multiple personalities evolved. Ten Years later, in 1985-86 Eliot Crimson reopened "The Telepathic Foundation West" with 'The $#@% Your White As#h&le Bookstore," (after returning from "The Telepathic Foundation East" in N.Y.C. & his 'End of the World Tour' as Merringer R.S. 'Pure Psycho-Body,' in Europe, & bringing, first, 'The Transcipients' from France, & then,'The Berzerkers' from N.Y. to Seattle) again open twenty-four/seven - 'The Superego Campaign Headquarters,' - was renamed - 'SuperDarky Campaign Headquarters,' - when Jackson & Manson, "Poet & Philosopher," ran for the presidency (with campaign slogans like "Death to Pigs," "Squeaky Fromm is My Mom," & "Find Charlie's Guitar"). The Ballard owners & foreign developers from Czechoslovakia wanted to bulldoze the entire Ballard Avenue & build condos. It was Eliot Nefaste Dement Crimson's gift to Seattle not to permit the destruction, & so it stands.
Cade did not descend into madness, he was madness incarnate from the beginning. The Moore-Egyptian Theater was the first place The Telepaths played, opening for Pink Flamingos premiere with The Tupperwares. Only by coincidence I oomphed the head off a life size plastic choir boy during City Lights that was standing in the wings and Gregor tossed his head into the audience to the delight of those freaks. Cade & i opened the Odd Fellow Hall at least a whole year before Roger Husbands flipped it from me and renamed it The Byrd, or the Enemy was even the Enemy. It became the Byrd when I did the Jean Cocteau film festival with Nuryeve 'Death & the Poet" and "The Testement of Orpheus," with The Telepaths . That was the first night I had to pay twice for my own place (out of my own pocket). Talk about a Carpetbagger. I would have done a Dr. Mabuse film festival next but I couldn't afford double rent.
We'd been playing T.M.T. shows at the I.O.O.F. hall since practically 1975 - cause I graduated at Nova with an outdoor Telepath gig in 76 with The Fruitland Famine Band at Volunteer Park, who then converted to The Enemy and then their manager took over our space. That's why we never made a red cent. Hubbard took the money right out my hands and said "This is for Roger Husbands." That put an end to any film festivals cause it was costing both coming and going. And even when they moved downtown he asked us to open the club - and like idiots we did. Nova is when one of those T.'s, the Tupperwares, converted to the Screamers.
Yeah, it's 9 years later after Art Chantry's post, but I feel the need to add that Geoff's descent into madness may not be as quick as he states. Geoff and I became friends in 1981. He was not in a band at that time, or as far as I know until I left Seattle in 1991. I did see him walking in the Beacon Hill neighborhood around 2004-05, so he was still alive at that time. I'm sad to hear he's died. He introduced me to music I'd never heard before, and that influences me to this day. The drawings he made of me take on special meaning. RIP
the majority of these b&w things i'm posting are from very early seattle punk (wait til i figure out how to post color stuff!)
the early punk scene in the seventies was VERY small in seattle, pretty much centered around a handful of bands/enclaves:
the whiz kidz - a glam theater rock performance gay junky crazy scene that spawned the screamers, the lewd and a buttload of others. some of the posters i put up date all the way back to 1972. folks like gorilla rose, satz (aka satin sheets), rio de janeiro, cha cha samoa, tommy gear, and especially tomata du plenty, actually helped to establish punk nationally - even playing a role in the earliest part of the dolls/cbgb/ramones/LA scenes. as far as i can tell, tomata executed the earliest true classic 'punk' poster i've ever found.
the enemy - a band that was originally known as the fruitland famine band who arrived in seattle, went punk aand opened the very first punk club in seattle back in about 77.
telepaths (who strangely morphed into bands like ministry) lived communally and maybe put on the first punk shows in seattle ('75 - '74?) and put out the very first seattle punk record back in 75.
the mentors - need i say more
the meices (later the moberlys) who were headed up by a hustler name of jim basnight and sorta spawned the first power pop stuff ins seattle around 77.
the red dress/chinas comidas/johanna went/nu-vitations scene were more a style that erupted out of artgeeks who were into james brown and hung out at hippy tavern like the rainbow. they were the genesis of the scene that eventually became popllama and hooked into the rem/tupelo/muscianship scene
the feelies with geoff cade.
as far as i can decern, these folks were the beginning of classic punk in seattle as we know it today. they all produced great posters that completely befuddled the nw. keep in mind that this was before star wars or even saturday night fever. all of this stuff eventually morphed into the 'seattle scene' that became famous.
of course, this all ignores the early nw scene of the early 60's that spawned the sonics, the wailers, the kingsmen, louie louie, the raiders, etc. etc. this might have been the ORIGINAL source of american punk, but that's up for the historians to decide.