B i o g r a p h y
"IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD"
A Million years ago I began to play music...in junior school first,and then later as a solo guitarist and singer.I decided quite early on that I did not like the music business,and decided not to pursue that avenue.Then, I was convinced by a school friend,Philip Mitchell,the now bass player with DR.FEELGOOD, to sing in a Rock and Roll band...and the ridiculous adventure began.After many bands and gigs,opening for the likes of THIN LIZZY and HUMBLE PIE to name a few, I somehow ended up singing for a band called "MOTT",the last incarnation of "the HOOPLE".I was not around them for very long,but two albums were released..."DRIVE ON" and "SHOUTING AND POINTING"....and maybe a single or two.
While touring with Mott I fell in love with America...
The band after MOTT was named "THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN",and we recorded what I still believe to be a wonderful album for ARISTA records.
Alas,Clive Davis decided not to release that album,and so after a little while ,in 1979,I packed my bags and moved with my family to California.
The first thing to happen after I had established a house on Venice beach,was to join a band named "LONDON" with the bass player ,Nikki Sixx, destined to go on to "MOTLEY CRUE", a singing job I turned down.
I later played with "SATYR","EYES" and "FUTURE",wrote some soundtracks and recorded some commercials for Japanese Television.
I also starred in a movie named "ROCTOBER BLOOD"...a now cult favorite.
In the early 90's ,for many reasons,I walked away from music for a very long time.
For a period after that I lived in the desert with my many dogs,and designed and built recording studios for people in Los Angeles.That was how I drifted into television work. I started working for a soon to be very succesful production company, first building editing suites,and then recording studios, later becoming facility manager.At some point I moved to TEXAS and had a ranch outside of AUSTIN.
The plan became to build MYSELF a studio and write one last album on that ranch,lovingly refered to as "BUGGER'S BLUFF"....(but the secret sign said "Silent Hill")...
The studio did not happen,but the seed was planted to write again,and so,upon returning to Los Angeles and back to television, the task began.
After 3 years of too much work,I moved to the mountains to create the album.
That was over 5 years ago.There are now almost 4 albums..."IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD", "BUFFALO", "THE RELENTLESS HAMMER OF DREAMS",and the new "MYSTERIOUS BEAST".
By 2010,bad health had begun to manifest itself,and so nothing was released.That will now be rectified,starting with "IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD".
I would like to thank everyone that has helped,encouraged and been more than patient with my problems and frustrations. I especially thank those that have pulled me through the pain.
To everyone I have found to be friends over the last almost six decades that I have spent stumbling around on the surface of this planet....a mental hug.
THIS IS OF COURSE THE REALLY SHORT BIO...A MILLION OTHER THINGS HAPPENED,AND A THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED.THAT WILL,IF I WRITE IT,BE IN THE BOOK.THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IF YOU THINK YOUR NAME SHOULD BE HERE.
It was NEVER only Rock and Roll.........but it was ALWAYS MORE than believing.
Nigel Benjamin,California 2014.