For most people, there's that one album that changed everything. You know, the one that influenced everything else you listened to for the rest of your life. Maybe it's Nevermind by Nirvana. Or Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder. Or even Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet. But for most of us, myself included, it had to be the one and only album by Faterpiller.
All words that describe this fascinating and multi-faceted performer, who, sadly, couldn't resist all the temptation that comes with stardom. Wife and longtime band mate Rain Bowlegged caught him backstage with a couple of rolly polly bugs in Ohio, an event that splintered the band and dissolved their marriage. A slave to all of his vices, be they drugs, alcohol, or having to tie dozens upon dozens of shoes daily, Faterpiller's weight spiralled out of control and his little piller heart gave out after a benefit show for Millipedes with MS in Kalamazoo, MI. The only one present at his funeral was stage hog yet loyal friend Toetunes, who is raising Faterpiller's only daughter, Punky Legggggster, pictured above.
My friends, unearthed from the archives is one of Faterpiller's final and finest performances, live from Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit, shown below. Take a moment, soak it in, then go dust off your vinyl copy of Faterpiller's As Chunky As I Wanna Be. TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.