Honcho Wonko


Honcho Wonko was an L.A. punk rock psychobilly band from the early nineteen-eighties.

It started when I met Troy Martin in 1983 in a snack bar in the old Musician's Institute over the Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard. He asked me if I had ever heard of a band called X. I recalled how I had first heard "Hungry Wolf" about a year previously as I crossed the railroad tracks in the small Michigan town of Albion. I remembered having to pull over to the side of the road, thinking "Who IS that?"

I asked if he had ever heard of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, which I don't believe he had at that time. But we quickly discovered that we both knew about and loved the fabulous Ian Dury and The Blockheads "New Boots and Panties" album. He informed me that he had just met two Swiss guys who played bass and drums and shared our wild infatuation with "New Boots and Panties". We quickly got together in one of the rehearsal rooms and started bashing it out.
After finishing our year at Musicians Institute and gigging regularly all over Los Angeles as Honcho Wonko, the Swiss guys had to go home. Shortly afterwards, Troy and I went to Switzerland to play with Marc Jeanrenaud (Spedi) and Yves Hausermann (Chichilos) on their home turf.
Then we all came back to Los Angeles and did an album with Billy Zoom from the band X in the Producers Chair.
To order your very own copy of the resultant mutant offspring, "Freak" (AKA "Media Mold"), on CD click here. To obtain the rare Honcho Wonko "Sophie You're So God Damn Right!" mp3 sample Click here!


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