Charlemagne was formed sometime during 1987. Scott and Raymond had moved to Hollywood in September
of 1986 when Scott was scheduled to begin the 1986-1987 Session at Musicians Institute’s GIT.
It was during that time that Scott met Ken Kowalski who was attending PIT, and Lee Brian who was
attending BIT. While it was common practice for students from all of the schools to play together
during LPW (Live Playing Workshop), Scott, Ken, and Lee never actually played together during those
times. Scott had observed Ken and Lee playing with other players at various times and after hearing
the both of them, he approached them on different occasions to discuss the possibility of forming
a band outside of school. Several rehearsals were scheduled to explore this possibility after which
it became obvious to all this was to be a great fit indeed.
After a solid year of an average of 3 nights per week, the band was ready for primetime in the
Los Angeles club scene. One interesting side note was the rehearsal space that the band used. In the
middle of the industrial district of Los Angeles in a city called Vernon was a lock-out rehearsal
facility named “Francisco’s Studios”. Francisco’s consisted of two buildings with a total of 117
rehearsal rooms all rented by the month. On any given night throughout the week, literally 90% of
the rooms were filled with as many local rock acts rehearsing their shows. Since these rooms allowed
24-hour access, bands rehearsed at all hours of the week as well. It was not uncommon at all for 25
bands to even be rehearsing at 7:00am on a Sunday morning. Another interesting tidbit was the Purina
Chicken Feed factory located about ¼ mile from Francisco’s. During the summer, the odor produced
from that factory was EXTREMELY heavy. When Charlemagne joined BMI in 1990, the membership application
required 5 possible names for membership. While it was easy to come up with the first four
possibilities, a fifth name eluded the band. In an act of frustration, the fifth name submitted was
“Boiling Beaks Music” which was coined from the process used at the Purina factory to manufacture
chicken feed. Sure enough when the application was accepted, BMI used “Boiling Beaks Music” as the
name. That name is still registered with BMI today.
Charlemagne played at all the major clubs in Los Angeles and Orange County, including those on the
Sunset Strip. While most bands were using the typical equipment setups, everyone in Charlemagne
used Rack-Mounted Rigs, including Ken. A friend in another band noticed we were pretty much the
only band in town doing this, and nicknamed us “The Rack Band”. The name stuck with a lot of our
colleagues in other bands. Some of these bands even asked permission to play some of our songs in
their shows. The band agreed. So on any given night in Hollywood, those in attendance for these
other bands actually got to hear Charlemagne songs even though Charlemagne was elsewhere.
The late 80’s and Early 90’s were truly a historical time in the evolution of Rock and Roll.
Great hair, cool clothes, and “Shred” guitar defined the thousands of bands that played the
Hollywood circuit. 7 nights a week, Hollywood was filled with bands and fans that made no apologies
for their culture. It was the pinnacle generation of musicianship, and a time when music was
intended to be fun and make you feel good. The rest of the world followed the trend set by the
Hollywood bands. All who were fortunate enough to be a part of it in Hollywood will attest to the
electricity that fueled the Hollywood Hair Band era. It was a magical time when Rockstars were
really Rockstars. The sad thing is that there was just not room enough for everyone, so a lot of
great bands didn’t catch a ride on the “Record Deal” bus. Ask any member of any of the bands who
were there about Hollywood in the 80’s and early 90’s, and most will agree it was the best of
times when history was being made.

Band Members:
Raymond Barrett Jr. - Lead Vocals
Scott Oliver - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Lee Bryan - Bass Guitar
Ken Kowalski - Drums


01. Secret Romeo
02. I Don't Wanna Lie
03. She's Only Young
04. So Far Away
05. Is It Ever Easy
06. I've Got You
07. Chance Is Calling
08. Last Chance
09. Wait And See
10. I'm Not That Easy
11. I Wish I Knew


Snaki *Band Score 9.0/10*
For BeRock Radio MiniZine (2012)

Release Year:2009(RM)
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