Bonehead (band)

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Also known as Familiar 48
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994–2003; 2005–present
Labels Vulgar Entertainment
MCA Records

Bonehead (also known as Familiar 48) were an American alternative rock band active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They are best known for their US radio hit, "The Question".


Bonehead was formed in 1994 by Stone Groove Productions as a Philadelphia area nightclub cover band. A trademark of the band was during sets a group of die hard Bonehead fans would do different pro wrestling gestures usually getting a response from Scott. By 1997, the band released an EP of original music, entitled "Bonehead". This EP was mainly available for purchase at the band's live performances & sold well enough to justify a follow-up effort. Their next release was a CD single for the song "I Know" in 1998 on Vulgar Entertainment; their first LP was 1999's Fade, also released on Vulgar. After discovering that the name "Bonehead" was very similar to another band with national aspirations, the band changed names in 2000 to Familiar 48.[1] Producer Don Gehman, expressing interest in the band's debut album, got them signed to Refuge Records, a subsidiary of MCA Records and produced their major-label debut, Wonderful Nothing.[1] The album was released in April 2002, with the lead single "Learn to Love Again";[1] this song failed to chart, but a later single, "The Question", experienced minor chart success in the United States.[2] Mannon broke the band up in 2003, and began recording songs in hopes of putting together a solo project, but this never materialized.[3]

In 2005, Mannon announced a reformulation of the band under the old name, and the next year yielded a re-press of Fade with four extra bonus tracks. In 2007, Jayy Mannon announced that Bonehead would release a new album containing much of the work he wrote as a solo artist, entitled Broken and Glued.[3] Since then Bonehead has remained primarily a regional draw, playing in the Philadelphia area mostly as a cover band. In 2011 Bonehead released its first new music in four years, a digital single entitled "Real".


Current Members

  • Jayy Mannon - guitar, lead & backing vocals, drums
  • Jeff Camarco - bass
  • Daryl Updike - drums
  • Kevin Hug - guitars, bass

Former Members

  • Dave Poole - guitars, vocals
  • Walt Sarkees - guitars, vocals
  • Jeffery Beck - keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Martin - guitars, vocals
  • Pat Callahan - guitars
  • Mike Arellano - guitars, vocals
  • Nick Denofa - drums
  • Scott Pustilnick (aka Scott Stanley) - bass


  • Bonehead EP (1997)
  • I Know CD-Single (Vulgar, 1998)
  • Fade (Vulgar, 1999)
    • reissued in 2006 by Vulgar
  • Wonderful Nothing (as Familiar 48) (MCA, 2002)
  • Broken and Glued (Vulgar, 2007)

Charting singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[2] Album
US Adult Top 40 US Mainstream Rock
2002 "The Question" No. 40 No. 30 Wonderful Nothing

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Biography, Accessed April 26, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Billboard Singles, Accessed April 26, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Bonehead Returns With New Album Archived May 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Alternative Addiction, April 21, 2007. Accessed April 26, 2007.