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Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase

by Elliot Schneider

Elliot Schneider once said in 1977: "'The pen is mightier than the sword?"' Words ARE a sword. Just move the 'S.'" Elliot's lyrical sword & gentle caresses sweep across joyous melodies reminiscent of The Beatles, The Stones & Elvis Costello.
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1. The Moon Has Flown Away
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2. Diehard Killjoy
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3. Lost on the Radio
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4. Captain Argent
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5. Are We Only Dinosaurs?
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6. In a Sense Innocence
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7. A Key to You (Radio Edit)
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8. Overruling Neo-Fascists
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9. Surreal Survivor (New Version)
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10. First Day of Summer
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11. I Just Don't Really Know If You Exist
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12. Poison Ivy (Live Cover Song 1986) [Live]
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13. Hopelessness (Resist Paralysis) [Demo]
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14. Death Insurance (Live Rehearsal 1978) [Live]
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15. Any Angel Can Have Me (Acoustic Rehearsal 1982) [Live]
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16. First Day of Summer (Solo as Sung to Les Paul / Demo)
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17. Ready and Willing (Original Demo 1979)
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Album Notes

“Excellent stuff—that guy’s got swagger!”
–Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside, Liverpool

“It’s impossible to classify him, categorize him, deny, defy or crucify him. Everything about him invites skepticism; you know right off he’s either a total flake or a total genius.”
Cary Tennis ( Salon.com’s renowned columnist for a 14-year span)

"I have been loving your new CD. I cranked it up all the way home from Ray Davies at the Fillmore. I keep it close in my car for instant pick up..."
--Annalisa, was the iconic DJ at KFOG in San Francisco for decades

“I know what you’re thinking! Who is that and how do I get a hold of that? Oh my goodness! He’s got that one nailed—Elliot Schneider!!! Fantastic…”
–Peter Antony, DJ at the legendary Pirate Radio Station that changed the face of British rock and roll forever in the Sixties: Radio Caroline

“Nothing but rock god status for Elliot now!!!" --RockTrish, “Whatever Rocks Your Boat” DCR 97.4 FM (Radio Show of the Year, New Scottish Music Awards 2012)

“Bay area rocker Elliot Schneider’s career reads like the lyrics of a rock ‘n’ roll song.” –Randy McMullen, San Jose Mercury News

"I love singing," says the self-professed former hippie. "It's like making love to the universe."
--Jim Harrington quoting Elliot Schneider
Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury News Feature Article

San Jose Mercury News Picture Of the Week

The 2012 Video “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses”

The Elliot Schneider Short and Improbably Authorized Biography

In the summer of 1969 when men first set foot on the moon, I met Les Paul in Chicago. I was visiting the daughter of his former drummer Tommy Rinaldo. Mr. Paul was both warm and sardonic. He invited me to travel back to New York with him, “Ten Years After” and Dusty Springfield. Strangely enough, I said, “thanks, but I can’t,” and so he gave me his card and invited me to his home in Mahwah, New Jersey. I played for him at his home in March of 1970 and he wanted to produce my song, “The First Day Of Summer.” Alas I took an LSD trip that lasted a month—my last acid trip—and wound up 3,000 miles away in La-La Land. Forty-seven years later I finally recorded that song. And it appears on my new CD, “Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basketcase” along with the rocketing single already charting in Germany, “The Moon Has Flown Away” (weeks before the actual release date).

On December 15, 1979 my band Elliot Schneider and the Pitts was the third band in history to debut at CBGB’s on a Saturday night. (Patti Smith, the Talking Heads, Blondie and Television were some of the debut artists.) When this band burst at the seams I became a music critic. Murray the K read my interview with Danny Kalb. He requested that I do his deathbed interview. It was a cover story for the Soho News.
In 1982, I left New York and moved to San Francisco, where I put out my first album. Chris Halaby, the brother of Queen Noor of Jordan, plays on some of these songs; in fact he's the guitarist on "Wise Men Never Say.” Chris and I were put together through a mutual connection with John Hammond, Sr. who discovered Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
In San Francisco I performed as Elliot Schneider and The Pitts but then transmuted into Elliot Schneider and The Banned.
In 1987, I gave up the holy grail of rock and roll. I retired, went to graduate school, became a high school history and philosophy teacher—and played in rock bands with my students. We would play high school rallies in front of screaming appreciative pupils (who were hopefully without dilated pupils!) Then in 2005 I got breast cancer, beat it, retired from teaching and returned to rock and roll with a vengeance. I am determined to drop dead at ninety years of age on stage with a smile on my face. My beloved Carmen Castro will still be playing keyboards right next to me when I do and if there's an encore, I will rise up and sing one last time...
On Saturday night December 8, 2012, I was played on the BBC Radio Merseyside (Liverpool) on Spencer Leigh’s program, “On The Beat.” Imagine that—British Invasion in reverse! And the same day Chestnut Radio put out its list of the Best Albums of 2012, 16 CDs “in no particular order” and my album, “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses made the list. (In fact Ralph J. Rizzo, the owner of the station, later said it was his absolutely favorite CD of the year with Jack White coming in second!) On December 19, 2012, London DJ and author Henry Scott-Irvine (104.4 FM) said on his show that my CD was “one of my favorite albums of the year.” His theme for that program was the Best Of 2012.
In 2013 the BBC Radio Merseyside invited me to come sing live on Spencer Leigh’s Saturday night program. And so we built a tour around that invitation. I headlined the 12 Bar Club in London and played from the south of England up into the north of Scotland. Many radio shows in Britain revolved around our visit. We even headlined a special charity event at the Liverpool home of the original Beatle’s bass player Stu Sutcliffe.
Because Ralph Rizzo fell in love with my music, he then asked Carmen Castro (the love of my life and my keyboard player) and me if we wanted to have a radio show on Chestnut Radio. The Carmen Castro and Elliot Schneider Grok Rock Radio Show now is the most popular show on the station with a vast radio audience on all the continents of the earth except Antarctica. (On a recent show we did a 15-minute interview with Paul McCartney’s lead guitarist Brian Ray.)
David Quaife, the brother of Pete Quaife (co-founder of The Kinks) and the head of the Pete Quaife Foundation discovered my music. I am so honored that a song of mine appeared on a compilation with all the legends of rock and roll (Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, etc.) in order to raise money so that children can get the dialysis and help they so need. Through the Pete Quaife Foundation, David is saving the world one child at a time.

In April of 2015, I released my fabled album, “Better A Fool Than Aloof.” On June 2nd it became the NUMBER ONE Album on the WLFR near Atlantic City. It was the first time I ever topped the charts…
It also got lots of worldwide airplay; the ever witty and charismatic DJ Peter Antony (of the legendary Pirate Radio station that changed the face of rock and roll in Britain in the Sixties: Radio Caroline) broke the album even before its release and raved about it: “Currently listening to Elliot Schneider's new album ‘Better A Fool Than Aloof.’ This is highly recommended; listening to it is like letting the sunshine in. Think Flamin' Groovies, with shades of Costello and early Beatles! Seriously get this album now, you will be charged by its enthusiasm and competence! 5 STARS. A SERIOUS TALENT!!! FANTASTIC!!!” (I immediately became a favorite of his charmingly rabid international fan base.)
The opening song on the CD, “I’m The One” also reached #5 on the German station Radio Marabu, “Europe’s Alternative Music: 104.9 FM.” “(I Ain’t Got) No Self-Control,” “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby,” “I’m Back In The USA (hit #3) and “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses” also rocketed into their Top Ten. “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby” hit Number One at Q108 in Kingston, Canada. Radio Caroline features all of these, too; but the dynamic rocker, “A Key To You” tended to get the most airplay there.
My ballad, “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby” from, “Better A Fool Than Aloof” has particularly touched the genius producer Elliot Mazer. (Mr. Mazer, of course, produced and mixed the megahit album, “Harvest” by Neil Young; produced the music for the film “The Last Waltz” by The Band. His belief in me leaves me wordless.)
On Friday March 18, 2016 after we got off stage in Austin during SXSW Week (RedGorilla Festival), we were played for the first time on Sirius XM Radio on Little Steven’s Underground Garage station. What a magical evening!
My first album “Surreal Survivor” was No.1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases mp3 chart in Rock/Oldies & Retro.
My second CD, “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses,” was released in June of 2012 and received extensive international airplay including on the BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio Caroline and KROQ. It also reached number 8 on WLFR in the New York Metropolitan area.

But the release of, “Better A Fool Than Aloof” took me into new territory. Reaching NUMBER ONE on WLFR caused me to levitate into the ceiling fan.

My new album, “Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basketcase” is officially released on July 24th, 2017. But there is a great swelling of excitement worldwide. Even before it its release, the legendary British station Radio Caroline has been playing the opening track, “The Moon Has Flown Away.” FM stations in Maui, Hawaii have also jumped the gun with airplay. And within one week, “The Moon Has Flown Away” hit #12 in Germany on Radio Marabu: 104.8 FM in Osnabrück and Kurzwelle.

I hope you will share this exploration with me… it’s never too late to live your dreams. A dozen years ago, I fought a war with breast cancer and was, in a sense, reborn. I’m 70 years old; I can’t wait for the next 70.

Liner Notes for “Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basketcase”

Dearest Dreamers,

My mother died of breast cancer when I was two. She was only twenty-seven. She got cancer when I was one. My earliest memories are of life and death. In response I lived passionately every moment. Instead of waiting until my sixties, I retired in my twenties and thirties when I was young enough to really enjoy it. I had more adventures than could fit in twenty volumes and I lived without fear. I drank with hoboes; I drank with a member of the Kennedy administration whose daughter was the Queen of Jordan. Linda McCartney and I spoke of the death of her mother and my own father. I lived for love and traveled the planet, Peter Pan masquerading as Captain Hook but always being Elliot. I’ve been blessed with love affairs that read like fantasy--I love my life. I’ve played guitar with Les Paul and danced around knives in New York. Surfing on the present moment I’ve known a lot of ecstasy and even heartbreak. Because I’ve always done what I want, I have no regrets. Every day has been magical.
One day I gave up the Holy Grail of Rock ’n’ Roll and went through the Looking Glass. I became a history and philosophy teacher and became the father of two dazzling suns. Who needs reincarnation? We all live many lives in a single lifetime.
Since I always loved women (perhaps searching for the mother I never had), it seems only fitting that I, too, got breast cancer. More than half a century ago, there was little they could do for my mother. We live in a different world now. I beat cancer; and I retired from my retirement from Rock ’n’ Roll. I fell in love with Carmen Castro, the love of my life—and my keyboard player. I met her because I taught all three of her kids. We were friends for sixteen years before I fell into her eyes. And I am still falling.
Every day I try to feel ecstatic. The moment is immortal even if we are not. I can live with the fact that I’m going to die. I’ve never waited for the Afterlife—I live now. I’m still going to die and yet the world is still thrilling me. If we spend our life fearing death, we never live at all. My purpose in life has always been to really live before I die. There are stories I still want to tell. When death finds me, I’ll be kicking, gouging and scratching all the way. If I could live forever, I would. How could you be bored with the universe all around you?

So I ask you: Is there life after birth?

--Elliot Schneider
June 14, 2017

PS I played guitar for Les Paul in his living room in 1970. He wanted to produce my song, “First Day Of Summer.” Alas I took an LSD trip that lasted a month—my last acid trip—and wound up 3,000 miles away in La-La Land. Forty-seven years later I finally recorded that song. (Along with “The Moon Has Flown Away,” this album is quite magical to me.)


Elliot Schneider: Vocals: songs 1—17; Guitar: songs 2, 6, 10, 15 & 16;
Harmonica: songs 8 & 9

Carmen Castro: Keyboards: songs 1—11 & 13; Extra Percussion: songs 1, 4, 6 & 11; Bongos: songs 1 & 11

Eric Borst: Drums: songs 1—5, 7—9 & 12

Mark Banning: Lead and Rhythm Guitar: songs 1—5, 7—9, 11 & 13 (except for lead on song 3); Harmony Vocals: songs 2 & 13; Drums and Bass Guitar: song 13

Danny Magalhaes: Rhythm Guitar: songs 4 & 7—9; Lead Guitar: song 3; Vocal Harmonies: songs 3—5 & 7—9

Tyler Jensen: Bass Guitar: songs 1—5 & 7—9

Mark Newstetter: Vocal Harmonies: songs 1, 4, 9—11, 14 & 15; Rhythm Guitar: song 14; Lead Guitar: song 15

Cirrone: Harmony Vocals: song 1 (Alessandro, Bruno & Mirko Cirrone)

K.C. Cormack: Rhythm & Lead Guitar song 6; Harmony Vocals: song 6

Brad Barth: Piano: song 4; Extra Percussion: songs 2, 3, 5, 8 & 9

Brad Stoller: Mandolin: song 10

Bonnie Silverman: Vocal Harmonies: song 11 & one of the ‘oo-la-la’ singers on song 14

Felice Ford: Castanets: song 1

Doug E. Blumer: Guitar & Vocal Harmonies: song 12

Rob Wullenjohn: Bass Guitar: song 12

Ian Butler: Guitar: song 12

Danny Faupel: Bass Guitar and Harmony Vocals: song 14

“Steve”: Lead Guitar: song 14

Chuck Grieder: Drums: song 14

Max Urban (then known as Andy Blumenthal): Bass Guitar & Vocal Harmonies throughout: song 17

Elliot Levy: Rhythm and Lead Guitar: song 17 (also vocal harmonies at end of song with Max Urban)

Peter Kogan; Drums: song 17

All Songs Written by Elliot Schneider
(except ‘Poison Ivy’ written by Leiber/Stoller)

I’ve been working with Eric Borst since he was 15 years old. When SF Weekly reviewed us, Cary Tennis said of his drumming: “Eric’s got the power and madness of a Keith Moon and a precision Moon would have paid money for.” He is the heartbeat of Rock & Roll. When he plays, the world leaps up and dances.

Mark Banning is the best guitarist on the planet for my music. He belongs with Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Keith Richards on the Mount Rushmore of Rock. And on stage Banning and I are like cartoon characters impersonating igneous rock stars.

Danny Magalhaes is the wondrous versatile guitarist whose soaring vocal harmonies weave an aural tapestry that swirls around and engulfs the listener. (In his earlier band ‘EZ-Street,’ he played with Metallica bass player Cliff Burton, Ozzy Osbourne drummer Mike ‘Puffy’ Bordin and Faith No More guitarist ‘Big’ Jim Martin. Danny is the hidden gem.)

Tyler Jensen is our perfect bass player. He is the gentle giant whose melodic driving bass lines form the skeleton from which the songs themselves emerged as we recorded them. He is a quiet man, a brilliant man. When he speaks, it’s wise to listen.

Mark Newstetter has been my close friend since 1973. His virtuoso guitar work and Paul McCartney-like harmonies have been gracing my recordings ever since. There is nothing he can’t do musically. I am in awe of him.

Cirrone, who sing the celestial three-part backup harmonies on ‘The Moon Has Flown Away,” is simply the greatest Rock & Roll band in Italian history. Thank you, in alphabetical order, Alessandro, Bruno and Mirko Cirrone, a trinity of Sicilian brothers.

Brad Barth is my genius recording engineer and co-producer along with Carmen and me. He is our true brother as long as we walk the Earth. He also plays the piano part on ‘Captain Argent.’ Brad is the keyboard player in ‘Gamma,’ the classic band formed by the late, great Ronnie Montrose. Brad is my personal George Martin.

Carmen’s keyboards wrap around my voice and guitar like strands of DNA. We are one being. Without her I don’t musically exist. And my life would be empty. She is my muse. Carmen Castro resurrected me after I beat breast cancer. Her keyboards define my sound along with Mark Banning’s guitar work. She also co-produced this album. She is the love of my life.

Elliot Schneider: “I love singing,” says the self-professed former hippie. “It’s like making love to the universe.”
--San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune in a major feature article by Jim Harrington gracing the cover of the local section.

The musically dynamic and absolutely wondrous K.C. Cormack plays guitar and sings harmony on “In A Sense Innocence.” Together we have rocked audiences in multiple continents. Behind his shyness lies a volcano of musical power.

Bonnie Silverman and I have been singing together since 1970 and she is one of my closest friends in the world. Her voice continues to tantalize and haunt me. She is an artist whose work transcends categories. (AKA Benita Silverman)

Brad Stoller has been a dear friend of mine since 1973. When he plays guitar and mandolin he channels the music of the spheres. Listen to the mandolin part on “First Day Of Summer.” That is his soul.

Felice Ford, Harvard graduate in Greek Classics, plays castanets on “The Moon Has Flown Away.” (The same castanets her grandmother played when she danced Flamenco with the legendary Segovia brothers.) Felice is my Water Daughter which rhymes as she does with me.

Begging The Writer For Another Chance

Even poems want to live—
Even bad poems—
Don’t kill me—
Give me a liver transplant—
Or another drink—
That’s it, have another drink—
I might look better if you were drunk—
Maybe lower the lights a little—
There! Squint!
Now don’t I look kinda cute?
So I’m not beautiful.
Aren’t you lonely?
Wouldn’t you like to lose yourself in a poem?

by Elliot Schneider 1997

We are the animals who are aware that we are aware and manipulate symbols in the process.
To be less than aware is to be less than human.
--Elliot Schneider 1997


We’re humans.
We destroy anything we don’t understand.
Since we don’t understand the universe,
We’re in trouble.

--Elliot Schneider 1997



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