New Song Posted!

December 10, 2009 by  

This is a live version of the infamous but never recorded Masturbation Song. We tried to record it once in the studio, but a studio version felt a little to serious for the subject matter so we decided to try to capture it live when it is most likely to be most entertaining – for us anyway…and here is the result. It was recorded live at Fat Daddy’s in York, PA on 12/4/09. If you want to download it, we bet you can find it online somewhere. If not, you can listen here all you want. Enjoy!

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Newest Video

July 18, 2009 by  

Time-lapse video compiled and created by Kosta Tzamalis. Taken at the Orchards in Chambersburg, PA. on 4/3/09 to the live sound of About Women. A little different look with the time-lapse thing going on. We think it’s cool!


December 18, 2008 by  

Yeah we have to update the schedule, I know! We’re booked solid after the second week in January and I’m looking at this long list Steve sent me and I’m kinda procrastinating.

Dean’s not a guy to toot his own horn so I’ll do it for him. Usually guys like us like to keep that sort of thing “in the closet” but hey, if we could all toot our own horns we’d never leave home! (wacka wacka).

So Dean entered a contest and won an effects pedal from a company called Modtone. Kewl right? Well not as kewl as trying the pedal out and actually liking it, then having the pedal maker actually check out your music and your projects and give you the big E as they did for Dean. Very nice of them! Check them out, check out Dean’s artist page over there, and if you’re in the market for a pedal or two, know that it’s good quality stuff and sounds great!

Dean Cramer at Modtone Effects

If you’ve been watching Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew lately, you’ll notice a particular notorious drummer guy on there is rather smartly dressed each episode in some rather snappy looking pants and shirts. Marc Vachon is the designer and he makes clothes, very kewl clothes, for very kewl people – and he’ll even make a few threads for guys who aren’t as kewl as Slash, or Duff, or Weiland, or Jacoby – or even Ronnie and Brian, and even use a picture or two. Check out his web site, and search for his name on eBay for some great deals – Marc Vachon – “worn by the fine since 1999.”

Mark Schenker at Marc Vachon

We say Merry Christmas! And we mean it!

Last Call for Rob!

November 12, 2008 by  

Well, we’re sorry to see it. It’s the end of another era. We’ll miss our dear friend week after week. I’ll still see him every day at work so in the future, if you have anything for him, like say money, whiskey or jellies, jams cakes and pies, just give the goods to me and I’ll pass it along. The money prolly won’t make it all the way to him tho, I gotta be honest, while I’m being crooked.

Last gig with FM 11/08/08

Last gig with FM 11/08/08

We had a great time and there was a full house at Sweet Caroline’s in wonderful Winchester, VA. We drank and played sloppy. Well, I didn’t drink, cuz I don’t- but I played sloppy, cuz I do sometimes – see intro to Sickness X-1, right Jimmy? First ever DO OVER !! Let’s have a couple of those next week on Dean’s first day back to throw him a curve ball or two. Just one or two random stops and then – DO OVER! We packed the place so well, the owner was even happy. And owners are hardly ever happy. A drunk guy fell on my pedals and triggered some random bombs. He was happy.

...and the fans go wild for him one last time!

...and the fans go wild for him one last time!

Rob gave a nice heartfelt thanks from the stage to his wife Heather for watching the kids every Saturday night for the past five years. (All the girls sigh in unison now ready? Awwwwww!) Steve gave a speech. We all cried and felt very gay. We spent the last bit of dressing room idiocy we had left with Rob in the ‘dressing room’ type we love so much and see way too often – the kitchen! With the freezers buzzing away busy doing all their freezin’ stuff, the giant jars of mayo staring back at us, listening to all our dumbass jokes that only a mayo jar would laugh at. I don’t know about Steve and Jimmy, but I was very aware that it was ‘the last time’ to be in the little clubhouse that we build each week with Rob. Unfortunately, Rob was just plain unaware! He had a few, Gene lined up four shots of an appropriate whiskey named Jack on his amp and then something happened to them. On Sunday, had a really tough time remembering if he was a blithering idiot or not. He even had to call me and ask!

Rob and Gene - outed by the paparazzi! (all pics by Kosta Tzamalis)

Rob and Gene - outed by the paparazzi! (all pics by Kosta Tzamalis)

Jason Jam ’08 a Success!

November 4, 2008 by  

Thanks to everyone who could make it out, including Ronnie and Steve. Especially thanks to Steve for joining Rob, Mark, Ronnie and I for some KIX songs to close the show. Even though Steve didn’t have his usual prep time to warm up, he sacrificed himself for the spirit of the Jam!

We raised over $1700 for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland in my brother Jason’s name. If you didn’t make it this year, you missed a great jam with some really great bands – do try to make it next year.

Here’s the set list Rob, Mark, Jim Foltz and I performed:

Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Waiting On The Bus – ZZ Top (with Ronnie Younkins joining us)
Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top (with Ronnie)
Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith (with Ronnie)
Pinball Wizard – The Who
The Real Me – The Who
Space Truckin – Deep Purple

Ronnie and Steve then joined us for a grand finale of a few KIX songs. Check out some video from the Jam.

Houses Of The Holy:

The Real Me:

Space Truckin:

Welcome Back Dean!

October 19, 2008 by  

Mark, Jimmy and I would like to officially welcome back to the lineup our old friend and founding member Dean Cramer. We are all very sorry that Rob has some family matters that requires more of his time and we will truly miss his great guitar playing and song writing contributions he has made over the last five years. We are sad to see him go and we wish him nothing but the best. But if we have to replace him with somebody, it’s great that Dean was available, willing and ready to rejoin Funny Money. We hope the fans will continue to come out and support our band and give Rob a super send off over the next month and a great big welcome back to Dean. His first gig back will be at Fat Daddy’s in York PA. We are truly fortunate that we will be able to go on and not miss a beat.

Thanks to all the Funny Money fans for your rabid support over the years, let’s keep rocking!


My Dad’s Calling – Gotta Go Home

September 29, 2008 by  

hi folks,

i am so happy to have had the chance to spend the last 5 years as part of the FM family. yes, it’s been 5 years – and yes IT IS a FAMILY through and through from the band and its players and crew to the fans in the clubs and beyond.

so – why am i writing this?

well, the time has come where my FM family happiness turns to a reflective kind of sadness as i realize that it is time for me to say goodbye. my last show with FM will be on 11/8. and after that, FM will turn a new page into the next chapter of its unique brand of music, fun and frolic-o-holic good times.

[is it me or does this seem like some kind of weird political speech? i’ve been watching too much presidential politics i guess!!]

so, why am i leaving? to be concise about it… my OTHER family calls!! my family responsibilities and stuff have grown recently as we have added another mouth to feed, butt to wipe, tears to dry, games to cheer, bus to make, homework to do… you get the idea.

his name is JACK and he likes tractors.

Tractor Jack!

Tractor Jack Galpin!

so yeah… my last FM gig will be 11/8 – i hope you can come out and harrass me sometime before that.

my stuff with the baby is too much to do with FM crazy weekends every week. gotta make a break for it.

wanted to let you know – hope to see ya soon.


Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam ’08

September 27, 2008 by  

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This year’s Jason Jam is this Sunday Oct. 5th from 3:00-10:00 at:

The Delmar Inn
16715 National Pike
Hagerstown, MD

We ask for a $10 donation and we have t-shirts for $15. All the money collected goes to The Living Legacy Foundation – Donor Family Fund. They facilitate organ donations in the state of Maryland, and helped us when Jason passed and saved 5 lives with his organ donation.

We will have someone from The Living Legacy Foundation at the jam to speak about organ and tissue donation and how one person can make such a difference in many lives.

I could go on and on about this, but I won’t do that here. If you want to be an organ and tissue donor, please talk to your friends and family to let them know. Just putting it on your driver’s license won’t make it so. Your family still has to sign off on it.

The line up for the jam is:

5:30 – LINDA COE
8:00 – JESTER

All these bands are VERY talented. If you haven’t been to a Jason Jam before, you owe it to yourself to come out and check these bands out. I feel so fortunate to know these musicians AND I’m honored that they are willing to donate their time to help me remember my brother Jason.

This event is a BIG HIGHLIGHT of my year. I don’t get to go out and see bands very often and this event fills that void in a big way. These bands range from jazz, R&B, blues to hard rock. There is a wide variety here all in one day, and they’re all amazing.

And then, you have Mark, Rob and Me playing some songs we always liked and never got to play back in the day. We get together with an old friend, Jim Foltz to have some fun. And, this year we have a very special guest. Ronnie Younkins will join us to play a couple songs.

So, I hope you can come out to enjoy some GREAT music and learn a little bit about the importance of organ and tissue donation. If you can’t make it, please just think about donation and if you decide to be an organ and tissue donor, make sure your family knows your decision.