What exactly is a Knucklehead??
A dunce. A dummy. A very stubborn person or animal.
A kid or an idiot;
a random name used to insult someone
Where it all Started! Harley Davidson.
Engine produced by the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company from(1936 to
1947). The engine consists of an overhead-valve v-twin design with covers
on the valves that resembled knuckles, hence the name of "knucklehead".
The knucklehead was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine, so named because of the distinct shape of the rocker boxes. The engine is a two cylinder,45 degree, pushrod actuated overhead valve V-twin engine with two valves per cylinder. It was the third basic type of V-Twin engine used by Harley-Davidson, replacing the Flathead engine, VL model in 1936 as HD's top-of-the-line model. The engine was manufactured until 1947 and was replaced by the Panhead engine in 1948.The Knucklehead engined models were originally referred to as as "OHVs" by enthusiasts of the time; the nickname "Knucklehead" arose from the California chopper culture of the late 1960s.
As the design of Harley-Davidson engines has evolved through the years, the distinctive shape of the valve covers has allowed Harley enthusiasts to classify an engine simply by looking at the shape of the cover. A knucklehead engine has round knobs on the cover resembling knuckles that give the knucklehead its name.
Then there's "Knuckleheadery"
Then who could forget Knucklehead Smith?
This elusive ventriloquist doll is Jerry Mahoney's sidekick Knucklehead Smith. It was made by Juro in the early 1960's. The figure is 24" tall and constructed with vinyl head and hands. It is in superb condition overall with great paint and word working mouth! Includes original clothes and name tag (name tag is sewn on jacket pocket, though not visible in picture). Also includes the original Juro booklet, "How to be a Ventriloquist," by Paul Winchell. This is a very desirable vent doll and looks great with Juro's 24" Jerry Mahoney. Hard to find
Now about the band.
Beginning in New York as a drummer in the late 60's, Tim
McGovern hooked up with the Velvert Turner Group (a Hendrix protégé) and moved
to LA to record an album in 1970. He decided to stay in LA and teamed up with
Randy California from Spirit to record the cult classic "Kaptain Kopter and the
After a pawn shop purchase of a Fender Mustang, the instrument change was complete. Guitar it would be. He formed Straightjacket with Reggie Isadore (a former drummer of Robin Trower's group). Met up and gigged with Chaka Khan. She gave him her guitar because she thought he needed a better axe. Gigged with a young, unsigned Van Halen at the Starwood while traversing the LA music scene. Joined POP in 1978 and recorded two albums with them.
In 1980, Tim joined the Motels. He helped jumpstart them to become one of the most popular bands of the 80's. After the Motels, he founded one of the first "world beat bands" called Burning Sensations and recorded the classic hit "Belly of the Whale", which ended up as a Top Ten video on the "fledgling" MTV Network in 1983. In 84' he recorded "The Ballad of Pablo Picasso for the motion picture soundtrack "Repo Man".
Then it was time for a break. Had a son, left LA...Left the music scene for 18 years. He moved to the Seattle area. Lived on a boat. Did various jobs ranging from taxi driver to carpenter. But as they say, "you can take the musician out of music.... but you can't take the music out of the musician". The spell overtook his being and has forced him out of his self-imposed exile.
Back into the local circuit with a vengeance, he has picked up right where he left off —— mesmerizing audiences throughout Puget Sound with his energy and precision. With his creative, demanding, intuitive style he has forged what he feels is his best, most versatile band he's ever worked with. He is driven again to play, create and record. The Odyssey continues!
To read more about Tim check out the article on page 24 in Big Fun Magazine!
Jeff Omerons musical career spans more than two decades. He is a drummer an engineer and an excellent vocalist. He studied classical percussion at the Zyskowski School of Percussion in Eastern Washington in the early 70's to 80's. He competed at State solo and ensemble competitions and always scored excellent marks. He placed 2nd in the Bellson vs. Rich open drum set competition in 1978 performing an open drum solo adjudicated by Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich. He attended the Ali-Akbar Khan School of Eastern Percussion in San Rafael, California in 1981. He was exposed to rudimental "corps style" drumming in high school, and finished his marching career in the World Champion Blue Devils from Concord, California. He placed 4th in the world on multiple tenor drums at the finals in Montreal, Quebec 1981. After college, he honed his chops in various rock and punk bands touring relentlessly. Not making "IT" or making a lot of money, he settled down depressed and artistically challenged in Spokane, Washington...Perfect!
Got married. Drove a Semi-Truck...
Wrecked the marriage, Wrecked the truck...
Proceeded to wreck himself.
Convinced that it was not his fault, he just ran out of money, he finally wore out his 20 plus year welcome. He found himself dead center in a drug and alcohol rehab. While living in a halfway house on Bainbridge Island, WA. he was introduced to Tim McGovern. Jeff started playing gigs again in a "safe" band to get his "sea legs" back. Not wanting to suck anymore Jeff jumped at the opportunity to play with Tim McGovern in Knucklehead....
The rest is history.
One time at a Buddy Rich concert, Jeff was backstage partying
with some buddies (no pun intended). Jeff got up the courage to ask Buddy "THE
MAN" Rich for an autograph. Could not find anything except a cigarette...
As he was going to ask him to sign his cigarette, Jeff's friend Joe Drake busted in drunk off his ass and said, "Jeezus, you guys sound about as good as my High School Marching Band!"
Just like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddy Shack!
At this point Buddy got up from his cup of coffee and he was pretty quick for being an old man and stated, "You better get the FUCK outta here before I kick all your asses." So we ran out. It was common knowledge that Buddy rich was a black belt in Karate. We continued to be drunken asshole teenagers in the halls of the Spokane Coliseum. We acted like we were Bruce Lee verses Buddy Rich doing "spin kick paradiddles" and drum solo Kung Fu moves complete with sound effects from the steps and water fountains!
"Ziggaduh Booosh"....Hiiii Yeeeah!
"The Weather Man"
After running the "gamut" of local bass players, Knucklehead's leader Tim McGovern stumbled upon a rare gem.
Hailing from Alaska, California, Georgia...(hey humans are meant to be somewhat nomadic right?) Rick Weatherly appeared on the scene.
A colorful musical history to follow in regards to Rick Weatherly.
Whiskey soaked vocals, skilled bass playing and always a "How 'bout it now" attitude....All I can say is it is refreshing to hear the band with a real "cat" on bass!