On the name of the Band:
I'm sorry this story is not that interesting. When I was younger I used to spend hours at Bernie's home drawing cartoons. We would always develop these original characters.
Once, I drew this big fat guy with long hair, sunglasses and a pig nose. Bernie asked me his name and I blurted out, "Mortimer Snerd." It just rolled off the tongue.
Years later, I saw the W.C. Fields movie, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break and it co-starred Edgar Bergen, a ventriloquist. He had two dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. There you go!
My band, More to Come, had just broken up and the name sounded passé. So when I started with Bernie and Dave Plewa, I felt we needed a new name.
I was very much into Jethro Tull and there were many other name bands out at the time—Uriah Heep, Mott the Hoople, etc. So I figured a name was the way to go. I remembered Mortimer Snerd and suggested the name to the guys and it clicked!
I told you, not exciting.
Favorite bands then:
Bad Company, Mott the Hoople, the Who, Jethro Tull, Sparks. Tom turned me on to Bowie, Genesis and Brian Ferry. Bernie inspired me to rediscover the Beatles, and introduced me to the pop song. And through Mark I discovered KISS and Queen.
Favorite bands now:
Neil Finn, Beck, Porcupine Tree, Black Crowes, & Bowie and I still love old Jethro Tull. I am also following the Killers, Gorillaz, Head Automatica, Living Things, Arcade Fire, Nada Surf, Death Cab for Cutie, O.A.R., My Chemical Romance and a few others.
Playing for 1200 people at St. Joes in Metuchen.
Having a huge riot break out during a show at Hoffman High School, South Amboy as well as during a show at a Sayreville Block Dance.
Doing the big KISS Show at the Sayreville Jr. High.
Playing OLV with the 3-piece Snerd.
Life after Snerd:
After Snerd, I got more into the technology of music. I wrote and recorded a lot and didn't care much for playing live.
I have the distinction of being turned down by every record company in the universe, three times, including a prized rejection letter from John Lennon’s office.
After a while, I got back into it (albeit with a lot of hesitation) I joined the revolving door band Whisper for a few years. I learned to play guitar (although it can be debated) and I still write and play.
I Started my own business, traveled all over the world, worked in forty other countries and 40 of the 50 States, and almost died a few times—in a Force 4 tornado in Tennessee, a plane mishap in Tokyo, heart surgery, a car jacking, and the scariest of all, fathering two daughters!