The Chronics

Dave Deluca - Vocal (lead), Guitar

Bill Elliott - Guitar, Vocals

Dan "3 D" Didonato - Drums

Tim Dorman - Bass

Right before Dan, Dave, Bill and Tim formed Chronics, Dave and Bill were in the Nuclear Ants with Mark Nolan and Brady Burnett. Dan was the drummer of Oil Can Harry and Tim was the sound man for OCH. In early '77, inspired by the Sex Pistols, Dave, Dan and Bill met at Bill's house for a game of riffs. After the first triplet, something clicked. "Let's do this a lot", they chimed in unison, "all we need is a bass player".

Searching high and low they eventually begged Tim to pick up the bass and join. He gave in. After 3 months of rehearsal (2 months and 29 days more than the public deserved) they hit the road for a gig in Youngstown followed by a stint in the Motor City and then back to the Pirates Cove in Clevo, opening for the likes of Raven Slaughter and hanging out with Johnny Dromette.

About that time, former member of Cookie (band Dave and Dan were in '68 to '70) Rick Perez had become a successful Cleveland lawyer and got a few of his lawyer buds to throw in some dough and pay for a recording session at Suma Recording giving birth to Nuclear Record #1 Calling All Cardinals/Test Tube Baby (2000 copies were pressed).

On the recording Ron Pirtle played bass on Test Tube Baby and Brady Burnett played drums with Dan DiDonato on percussion on Calling All Cardinals. Sending copies overseas, the record got to #11 in the Netherlands and also hit the charts in Germany. At Tri-C Chronics made a lip-synch video for Test Tube Baby.

They also played Henneseys, opened for Ubu at the Pirates Cove, and played at Major Chords in Columbus with the Pagans. Writing tunes with social commentary and popability, Chronics untimely demise came in the summer of '79 following a scuffle at a wedding party between Bill and Dan. At the time, interest in the 45 release had reached L.A., but the band had to decline offers for gigs there.

Here's a Chronics story for ya on whys da band broke up at the height of its creativity. It was the summer of '79. There was this wedding reception for some asshole buddy to everyone in the band named Steve Barbato (fellow Ashtabulian, killer guitarist, still gigging today in A-towns Heaters).

The reception was at Steve's parents house in the backyard area which featured a built in swimming pool.Nice Nice, mellow right? Well Dan had a girlfriend who was the kind of girl you would just want to throw in a swimming pool. And Bill did. Bumping her into the pool. Dan took exception to this and conveniently got into a position to where he knocked Bill into the pool.

Bill took immediate exception to this, came out of the pool dripping wet, grabbed this little pill box, opened it, looked Dan in the eye and said, "you got my valiums wet!" Now comes the fun part. Bill decides Dan must go in the pool. He follows Dan all around the reception area, in and out of the family house eyeballing him. Dan is a wary of his attention.

Bill grabs Dan finally. He says you're going in the pool. Dan says no way. Scuffle ensues. This goes on all night while of course they're both getting drunk as loons. The next practice in Bill's living room Bill raises a question to Dan about the other nights festivities. Theres words. Things get overheated, theres a scuffle broken up by the sane ones - Dave and Tim. Bill curses Dan out. Dan spits the biggest hocker of his life on Bill's wall and leaves in a huff. That was the back that broke the camel's straw. Dan more or less quit and Bill more or less refused to play with Dan.

Seems pretty silly, doesn't it? Dan and Bill eventually became buds again after Dan came back from Hollywood in '88.

Dan DiDonato

Test Tube Baby

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