Tono, Mark Secosh, Fritz Fox, Elliott Shannonhouse, Stefano Paolillo and John Surrell of Frank Hymng (L-R), 1980. Photo by Bobby Neel Adams
San Francisco, CA, April 11, 1981
The New Wave Rotten Record Chart, published in conjunction with the famous punk venue, The Mabuhay Gardens on Broadway, this week listed FRANK HYMNG’S All Eyes On You#1 album on KSUF college radio station program “Harmful Emissions.”
Frank Hymng also earned the top slot on FM radio station KTIM’s “Drastic Plastic” program during the same week.
Fronted by versatile vocalist Fritz Fox of The Mutants fame, the band features Tono Rondone (a founding member of The Alter Boys, a SF phenomenon) and Elliott Shannonhouse, a powerhouse duo of multi instrumentalists with a unique songwriting style.
“We call it ‘Schizophonia.’We basically begin writing something, one instrument lays down a riff and we extemporaneously compose the rest on the spot.Because of the wealth of talent (otherwise these guys are broke! -- editor) we have in the band more often than not we hit pay dirt."
Beside Tono on electric and bass guitars, the band's line up includes:
* Rock veteran John Surrell on drums (once in fifteen bands at the same time!)
* Saxophonist extraordinaire Mark Secosh (an awesome composer too!)
* Elliott Shannonhouse (a multi instrumentalist and songwriter -- part Hendrix, part Stevie Ray Vaughn and part Keith Richards -- no shit!)
* Our man from Venice, Italy, Stefano Paolillo, on percussion
* The inimitable and ubiquitous Fritz Fox on vocals (with remarkable improvisational and rock climbing abilities
* Engineered and Recorded by Jim Keylor (also of Army Street Studios)
The album, digitally re mastered and redesigned, contains thirteen original songs.
All that was left of Frank Hymng (MUSICIAN ATTRITION) by this time were Tone Unlock, El Fit and The John. They teamed up with Hairlick from Abogumby and Leech to produce an unknown masterpiece of musical mayhem entitled THE REST OF FRANK HYMNG. Thought lost for decades, it has resurfaced, like a proverbial bad penny, no rest for the wickheaded, which they were. Watt?
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