|Born||December 29, 1955|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||June 23, 2018(aged 62)|
|Genres||Rock in Opposition, avant-prog, art rock|
|Instruments||Bass, electric guitar, banjo, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||Caveman Shoestore, Wayne Horvitz, LAND, Tone Dogs, The Walkabouts, Face Ditch|
Fred Chalenor (December 29, 1955 – June 23, 2018) was an American bassist, most recognized for his work in the bands Caveman Shoestore, Tone Dogs, and Face Ditch. He has also collaborated on numerous occasion with composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, recording with him in Pigpen and Zony Mash, and with composer and percussionist Robert Mike Mahaffay of Tres Gone.
Fred Chalenor was born December 29, 1955 in Seattle, Washington. His first band was Zanzibar, a group led by guitarist Rick Adams based in Portland, Oregon. In 1978, Fred left the band overseas to perform in a folk duo. After that project disintegrated, he moved back to the United States and performed alongside musicians such as Henry Kaiser and Owen Maercks in the Bay Area. Chalenor's first studio performance credit was on Owen Maercks' eponymous debut released in 1978.
Chalenor had met fellow musicians Neil Minturn and Henry Franzoni when he was still performing in Zanzibar. Together, they formed Face Ditch in February 1979 who based themselves in the Portland area, moving to Seattle in 1981 and then Franzoni and Chalenor moving to NYC in 1983. The group broke up numerous times over their existence and issued two self-released cassettes (In the Interim and All Fall Down). Chalenor and Franzoni remained the only consistent members until the band finally parted ways in early 1985 after a show in New York City. In 2000, the original line-up reunited and digitally released their first official album in 2004.
|1978||Owen Maercks||Owen Maercks||self-released|
|1990||Tone Dogs||Ankety Low Day||C/Z|
|1991||The Early Middle Years||Soleilmoon|
|1992||Caveman Shoestore||Master Cylinder||Tim/Kerr|
|1994||V as in Victim||Avant|
|1995||w/ Elliott Sharp and Henry Franzoni||Boodlers||Cavity Search|
|Sue Ann Harkey||Fulcrum||CNLF|
|Zony Mash||Cold Spell||Knitting Factory|
|1998||Zony Mash||Brand Spankin' New||Knitting Factory|
|1999||Jeff Greinke||Ride||First World|
|The Walkabouts||Trail of Stars||Glitterhouse|
|2001||LAND||Road Movies||First World|
|2002||Curlew||Meet the Curlews!||Cuneiform|
|2004||Face Ditch||Face Ditch||Build-A-Buzz|
|2005||Caveman Shoestore||Super Sale||Build-A-Buzz|
- "Fred Chalenor". Allmusic. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Franzoni, Henry J. (2012). "Face Ditch: The Northwest Alternative Music Pioneers Re-Emerge". henryfranzoni.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "Maercks, Owen - Teenage Sex Therapist". Wayside Music. 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "Face Ditch". Allmusic. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- http://www.expose.org/index.php/articles/display/fred-chalenor-rip-2.html. Missing or empty
- "RIP Fred Chalenor". Avant Music News. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.