“Our goals are as clearcut as our image. We want to cross over to everybody… to play the slimy underground clubs, then play for 15-year-old schoolgirls at the village hall.” This was Funhouse singer Chris Hazard’s summary of the band’s ideology in an interview with Chris Tetley, originally published in “The Sport” in 1990, and it perfectly summarises the band’s attitude to music: they didn’t just want to be good at what they did, they wanted to be the best, and they wanted the world to know it.
Funhouse formed in 1986 in Los Angeles, and releasing their debut, Generation Generator, through Heavy Metal America in 1990, Funhouse consisted of singer Chris Hazard, lead guitarist Marc Vachon, rhythm guitarist Joe E., bassist Cat and Drummer Jon Hill. Funhouse were in a unique position in that they were playing the LA scene for four years before releasing their debut, influencing bands such as “Bang Tango” and “Love/ Hate” with their self-proclaimed “pretty” image and their fusion of sleaze rock with a harsher metal sound, and some funk influences to boot. Such it was that, by the time their first album came out, Funhouse were out to prove that they were in fact the original innovators: they didn’t “jump on the Funky Sound With Colourful Appearance bandwagon,” as John Ricard stated in his interview with them.
Funhouse were certainly a sight to behold, whether off stage or on it: one of the more interesting stories from the bands history is that of an adult movie actress who begged Hazard to tie her up at one of their gigs, having first claimed his songs were about her. This particular incident has been immortalised in the song “Christine In Chains” from their debut album. What exactly happened to Funhouse after this period is uncertain, but they have been immortalised in the album they released, an important chapter in our history as well as theirs.