Is this a party? or is it a FUNeral?
A brief history of RPVF
- I wish I could tell you...
- It all started back in 1973. Blake and I met on the shipyards. He
would bang on the pipes like he was a member of that band that was named
after some bugs. He would call himself a star. I'm not sure what he meant by
that. He probably thought he was John Lennon or something.
- Blake would make me come with him to listen to Radiohead play.
Radiohead may not have known it at the time, but they would become our
inspiration. We would learn all of their songs. The ones that weren't too
hard to play, at least. We would try to record our own versions of their
songs. We played guitar and had some fun in the process.
- Tragedy Strikes
- My death was a great loss. The band's future looked bleak. Dark, ominous
clouds were growing over the band's head. We almost had to cancel the first
album's release. That's right. Folded Metal almost did not happen.
- Luckily, I was not really dead. I had only faked my death. I wanted to
see if it was possible for someone to die in the year before they were born.
I found that to be true. There were dire consequences in store for me.
- Crisis Averted
- After I realized that I had faked my death, I decided that it was time for
a change in my life. I settled down, raised a family. I had a nice, relaxing
office job. A job that was more in line with my roots. I had finally found a
niche. I had found a place where I felt like I belonged. Corporate America
had found it's long lost son.
- During this period of time, Blake was staying true to our roots. He was
still listening to the radiohead music. He was perfecting his ability to play
and write songs. He had learned long ago how to have fun with his life. He
was partying every night of his life. There was a part of me that made me
want what he had, a carefree attitude and a need to play the guitar the rest
of his life. The only place I played my guitar was in the parlor of my
- I Was a Corporate Slave
- I couldn't see it at the time, but I was beginning to forget what I knew
about music. I had learned to listen to pop music. I had started listening
to R&B while I was work. I had no more interest in playing the guitar. I had
put the guitar away in the closet for the last two years, at least.
- Blake worked desperately to save me from what I had become. I had lost my
will to rock. Although I did not see it at the time, I had slipped into a
coma. not a physical coma, but a musical one. I looked at my life and
thought that it could not possibly be any better. I was far from the
- The Great Reunion
- Anyway... I lost touch with Blake after the 1640s. We didn't meet up
again until we happened to go to the same college. Michigan Technological
University became our base of operations. We learn some stuff from each other
and we learn some stuff from school.
- After about 7 months or so at college, Blake had a revelation. We should
start a band. We started out covering other people's songs. Then we went on
to bigger and better things. We now not only cover other people's songs, but
we now also change the lyrics of other people's songs and claim them as our
own. We usually don't change the name of the songs, at least.
- The FUNeral procession begins
- Our first recording studio was kind of chintzy. We had a single space
microphone hanging from the ceiling. It was actually just the four of us.
There are actually only two of us in the band, but there were other people in
the room. Oh, wait, Eric was also here. That makes five. Man we rocked that
day. Actually, we have some of our mp3s from that day on our site, here.
- Here we are. Blake and I. We are now the awesome, unstoppable
juggernauts that are Rocket Powered Viking FUNeral! Just remember that. We
put the FUN in FUNeral, not to mention the rock in rocket, and the king in
- Folded Metal
- We have begun the recording process once again. We are going to put out
our first album, simply titled "Folded Metal." This album will take you to
places you have never been before. It will take you a magical land filled
with acoustic hardcore rock. We have thrown in some powerful songs, such as
"Jump In And Die" and "We Fucked You." The first single from the new CD will
be "Carpet Killer." This is a song inspired
by the pain of love lost. You know, the kind of love that could kill a carpet
if it were to go bad.
- The End of a Dynasty
- Congratulations to those of you who were fortunate enough to hear the
awesome brevity of Rocket Powered Viking FUNeral. At least to have heard the
greatness of the band during our glory days. For many varied reasons, Blake
has decided to leave the band. One of which is to study music. I can't
understand this. He was a part of the best band ever. Maybe we could have
been better. The only regret he has is that we never finished Folded Metal.
Maybe someday it will be released.
- Anyhow, I've decided to take the band name and go solo. So for all of you
Rocket Powered Viking FUNeral fans out there, this is not goodbye. This is
more like hello. I'll be walking spanish down the hall. We are hailing a new
age. The dynasty of Rocket Powered Viking FUNeral has ended, but the legacy
will live on.
- Rocket Powered Viking FUNeral is not dead. You can't kill Rocket Powered