With a name like Biff Blumfumgagnge, this creativity chat should be pretty boffo.

August 12, 2010 — 1 Comment

Les Paul, Gordon Ranney, Gregg Rullman, Biff Blumfumgagnge and Steve Miller playing in 2004 at the Les Paul Lifetime Achievement Award presentation in Madison.

I’m excited about my pal Biff coming into the office on the 25th to talk to KW2 staff about creativity and ideas. He’s an inspiring fella.

In 1986, Biff and I were in ComedySportz, an improv comedy group. He was also in a band called The Gomers. He asked me to join the band that year, and outside of the Watertown Junior High and High School bands, it’s the only band I’ve ever been in. These days The Gomers play 8 to 10 times a month, and I join them once or twice.

Biffy is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. He’s like Madison’s Les Paul: a ridiculously talented instrumentalist (violin, bass, mandolin, guitar), great singer, studio whiz, and builder of his own musical gear.

The Gomers, circa 1987. Biff is in the back row, center. The Bifftar that he made is the guitar on the far left.

The Gomers on clown night at the Club de Wash, circa 1988. Biff is on the far right.

In the early days of the band, Biff had the idea to integrate themes into all The Gomers shows. Themes included bacteria, meat & toys, Elvis, and clown night, seen above. They’ve performed as Kiss. Here’s The Gomers Wikipedia info.

These days, he’s a recording instructor at Madison Media Institute. At night, he’s a Gomer, and frequent/occasional member of Madison’s renowned Reptile Palace Orchestra, Natty Nation, and the internationally-known Zombeatles. He’s toured as guitar tech and performed with legendary guitarists Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew.

Should be a cool conversation.

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One response to With a name like Biff Blumfumgagnge, this creativity chat should be pretty boffo.

  1. 

    Biff is ridiculously talented, true.

    (But I’ll get even… for four bucks I’ll tell you his real name.)

    Great idea Andy to invite him in.

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