Drawing by Jeff Pfeil, colorized by Jim Balcerek
This web space is dedicated to perhaps one of the most
reclusive bands to come out of Horsham, PA - Gramma Fudgebottom! In fact, you've
probably never heard of us unless you went to Hatboro-Horsham High School circa
Gramma Fudgebottom was:
Stetson - bass, vocals, drum programming, guitar, keyboard,
guitar, vocals, keyboard, drum programming, bass, percussion
Chris Fusco -
HISTORYYou may ask, where did we get such an unusual name? Well,
it didn't come from any of our relatives. Back in 10th Grade, Keith and I had a
Health/Phys. Ed. teacher by the name of Mr. MacBride. He was an interesting guy
with a unique sense of humor, which came through in his lectures. One day, he
demonstrated CPR techniques on a dummy (no, not one of the students, an actual
dummy of a head and torso). After showing us the actions of applying breath and
pressing on the chest, he made a comment that you wouldn't press quite so hard
on the chest of "your old Gramma Fudgebottom." He used this reference a number
of times in his lectures whenever he referred to a typical senior citizen.
Another example that Keith remembered was "Suppose your Gramma Fudgebottom's
chokin' on a chicken bone." So Keith and I decided that it would make a cool
At that time, we were already in another band with eight
members, known as 8-Track; Keith was the bassist and I was the lead guitarist.
Unfortunately, that band didn't go anywhere because we could never get all eight
members together at one time. So Keith and I decided to go out on our
We started to write a lot of songs that year and spent most of our
time writing or practicing together, with the hope of eventually finding a
drummer. We even made up a fake career for ourselves, in which we catapulted to
stardom, which was to end after my accident with a milk truck three years hence.
(Thankfully, that never happened). But the reason I mention this is that we
would come up with fake album names, complete with fake song titles. We actually
used a few of those titles as ideas for real songs.
By 1995, we recruited
Chris Fusco to play drums for us. He had also been involved in 8-Track, and he
had played with Keith in another band, which shall remain unnamed, as there are
apparently superstitions surrounding it. The three of us played our first gig in
May at a concert in our high school. The acoustics were... well, about what you
would expect from a high school gymnasium. We thought we were playing second,
but got duped into playing first by another band. Overall, it went well, aside
from the fact that our set was shorter than expected and I broke a string on
After that gig, Keith and I played another brief gig at an old
folk's home, appropriately enough. I think they liked our cover of "Money" the
best (the Bradford/Gordy Motown song, not the Pink Floyd song).
summer, we recorded a few songs together and eventually released the tape to
sell to friends and locals, titled Music for the Hearing
Impaired. By the end of that summer, Chris departed for college,
but not before we played a going-away gig at his house. That one didn't start
out so well, since we had to stop to regroup after three and a half songs.
Fortunately, it got better after that, and featured us playing some songs we
hadn't really even rehearsed, including a request from the audience ("Lightning
Crashes" by Live).
After Chris left, Keith and I spent most of our time
recording more material. By the spring of 1996, we had finished an LP titled Geriatric Rock, but we never released it due to a lack of
cover art. With recording new music now being our favorite pasttime, we kept at
it, although we spent less time on it once we both went to different colleges.
By the end of the summer of 1997 we had finished recording another album's worth
of material, but alas, that also never got released.
At that point, Keith
and I were heading in different musical directions and started to lose interest
in continuing Gramma Fudgebottom, although we still recorded a song every so
often. We've remained good friends ever since. In fact, for almost a year we
played together in another band, this time with Keith on guitar and me on bass,
known as The Boxes, an original instrumental psychedelic surf rock band. And
there was also the short lived Rotting Icarus, or was it Iron Icarus? But those
are other stories. In the meantime, rest in peace,
SONGSOriginally, Keith's influences were mainly in the punk
realm, and mine were in classic rock. We intersected somewhere around Nirvana. A
lot of our earliest songs were in this vein or one of its capillaries. As time
went on, our overall sound started to mellow out a bit, as we delved into some
more acoustic-based rock and straight ahead pop-rock. A number of songs that I
have adopted as a solo artist came from Gramma, including "Wishing Well" and
Here are some musical samples for your listening pleasure
"Bound" - from Music for the Hearing Impaired (c) James P. Balcerek Sample it! Download it! (3.43MB)
"Antagonist" - from Geriatric Rock (c) Keith E. Stetson & James P. Balcerek Sample it! Download it! (4.78MB)
"Bewilder" - from Geriatric Rock (c) James P. Balcerek Sample it! Download it! (4.53MB)
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