The ultimate scene-maker, Chuck E. Weiss has spent a career hobnobbing with the cool and famous in rock's hierarchy while barely pursuing a career of his own.
Born in Denver, Weiss was originally a drummer, touring with bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins
. By the late '60s, Weiss had performed and/or recorded with Willie Dixon
, Muddy Waters
, Dr. John
, Roger Miller
, and others. While still living in Denver, he struck up a friendship with singer/songwriter Tom Waits
, later writing songs like "Spare Parts" with him and moving to Los Angeles. Living at West Hollywood's infamous Tropicana Motel with Waits
and singer Rickie Lee Jones
, Weiss became the subject of Jones
' hit "Chuck E.'s in Love." Weiss' career finally stumbled off the launching pad with the 1981 release of The Other Side of Town, a collection of demo tapes released on Select Records
. Rather than follow this up with a proper release, Weiss instead put together a band called the G-d Damn Liars and spent the next 11 years performing a weekly gig at the L.A. nightclub the Central and later partnered with friend Johnny Depp
to convert the club into the Viper Room. After a 18-year hiatus from recording, Weiss' second album, Extremely Cool, was released on a Rykodisc
subsidiary, Slow River
, in 1999. Old Souls & Wolf Tickets appeared in 2001, followed by 23rd & Stout in 2007.