Manakin III — the Butch Patrick connection!

Well, kinda. As I mentioned in the previous post, friend Kari had sent this to me among other notes:

…The last time I saw Brent was on TV…on MV3, when he was playing in Eddie and the Monsters. Remember them??!

MV3 is something that Los Angeles folks of a certain age might remember — it later turned into Video One, and was hosted primarily by Richard Blade, Mr. None-More-Eighties-KROQ. To quote this one blog entry about the show:

New Wave alternative to MTV, Richard Blade of the original KROQ brought videos and live performances from local L.Á. new wave bands as well as ones that were in town. Lo-budget yet compelling to this at the time junior high school kid…

Now, while there are a slew of clips from MV3 around — you can catch a huge batch right here, including performances from the Bangles, Berlin, the Three o’Clock and more — the appearance by Eddie and the Monsters isn’t available, it seems. And who were Eddie and the Monsters?

Well, Eddie and the Munsters would have been a trademark violation, I suspect — even with the featured appearance of Butch Patrick, Eddie himself from that sixties TV series.

I first heard about this record via the entertaining if scattershot book Hollywood Hi-Fi by George Gimarc and Pat Reeder, which actually ranked said song as a winner. To quote it:

Patrick returned to acting…until 1983, when a drummer pal (with the wonderful early eighties punk name ‘Wreak Havoc’) put him in touch with Phil Kohn, late of Curved Air. Since MTV was new, they decided to make a music video and see if they could get it on the fledgling channel. The result was “Whatever Happened to Eddie”….Patrick recalls that the video was the first by an unsigned band to get MTV airplay, inspiring the Basement Tapes show.

Said video itself isn’t available either it seems — but in the department of ‘wait, IS this a coincidence or not?’, the actual audio track was just added on YouTube earlier today with a homemade fan video:

While here’s the cover:

Eddie!  Monsters!

So, you can see Eddie there and all, plus three others — and while I could be wrong, that sure looks like Brent in the upper left hand corner.

So there’s all that information to digest…but then there’s more! Further searching turned up this interview with Butch Patrick on the Phantom Photography site, which included, understandably, a question about the single. And as it turns out!:

PP: There is a music video, “What Ever Happened To Eddie?” with you on lead vocals. Was the video a one-time deal or were you trying to launch the band?

Butch: Well actually I’m going to let you in on a little something. I didn’t sing on that one, I lip synced. Just like I did in 1971 when we were trying to do teeny-bop records for Metro Media. In 1983 when MTV came on the air, we wanted to start doing rock videos. Since we really didn’t have a band, we created a band to do a video on which was Eddie And The Monsters. Brent Black who played guitar actually sang. His voice was so similar to my look that a lot of people don’t know that it wasn’t me.

!

(And yes, according to friend Kari, Brent Black is the very same Brent in question.)

So right about now my head is kinda starting to spin. More names to investigate, more questions!

And if Brent is reading this all and chuckling…I approve highly of your sense of humor.

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11 Responses to “Manakin III — the Butch Patrick connection!”

  1. In continuing search of Manakin « Ned Raggett Ponders It All Says:

    [...] In continuing search of Manakin September 7, 2008 — Ned Raggett [EDIT: And continuing further! After reading this, there's part three!] [...]

  2. Henry Golis Says:

    If you want to hear Butch Patrick’s actual voice, he recorded a song entitled “It’s Only Halloween” that was released on Park Lane Drive Records in 2007. The song was written by Bill Golis and Ted Golis.

  3. Ned Raggett Says:

    Thanks for the tip! (And sorry for the late reply here.) I rather assume you’re related to the songwriters in question. ;-)

  4. Rikki Nadir Says:

    Here is Castle Bravo featuring some of the same performers.

  5. Ned Raggett Says:

    Thank ya Rikki — nice to meet a Pete Hammill fan there. ;-)

  6. Rikki Nadir Says:

    Sure thing Ned. Wish I would’ve bumped into you at Terrastock (I play with Kohoutek).

  7. Ned Raggett Says:

    Oh nice! Pleasure to meet you, sorry we didn’t have a chance to chat — next time, perhaps!

    (Has there been a lot of Manakin activity sparked somewhere lately? For the last week I’ve been getting a lot of hits on my three blog entries for them.)

  8. phillip kohn Says:

    The comment made earlier in this subject was that the name of the band might be a copyright violation,
    Bit since the band’s name was Eddie and the Monsters, not the Munsters, there was no violation.
    Plus as producer of the project, I got written permission to use the music from the tv show as the basis of the song from MCA Universal. Everything was kosher.
    And the reason the video is nowhere to be seen is because I’ve protected it. I have the federal copyright for the video and only license its use for a fee.

  9. Ned Raggett Says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Phillip — much appreciated!

  10. Barry Cohen Says:

    If you haven’t found it already, here is his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brent.williams.7792/

    Definatley mentions his “forgotten past” in his photos


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