A Homage

 

googinsI had a friend. His name was Jackie, and we were great buddies. My friend Nick, Myself and Jackie had a punk band back in the 90’s and we were called “Overcooked Cheeseburgers”. Weirdly enough, it was a super catchy name and people loved it. But we had a fierce rivalry with another local band called “The Dads”. We were both the hit local punk bands and we were constantly trying to out-do each other. We had a guitarist named Jimmy Schneider, Singer in Chris Chasson and I was drummer. Our bassist in Chucky Ferins, was having lots of family issues (his mom and dad divorced and they were poor) and he wanted to leave the band. I haven’t seen him since those days, but I heard he went into the navy.

Anyways, we took on another bassist and his name was Dave Googins. Dave was a hilarious dude, but very weird. He had a huge mohawk, but should shred the hell out of a bass. He would always say that he knew Tre Cool, the drummer of Green Day, and we would all look at each other. We had strong notions that he was a serial liar, and just cemented hi in our brains as compulsive in this regard. But anyways, it wasn’t until one day our boy Billie Joe showed up to play a local arena and we all went as a band. It was glorious. After the show, we wanted Dave to go talk to his buddies. He said “ I will”. We walked up near the stage mid-show and Dave started waving to Tre. Tre saw and pulled him up on stage! Can you believe it, he wasn’t lying! The bassist of Green Day gave him the guitar and he played basketcase with them live. We all stood there with our jaws dropped.

I wanted to post this story as a homage to Dave Googins, because we never believed him, when he was telling the truth. I found out recently that he committed suicide, and my heart goes out to his family…
Thanks…

His funeral services will be held soon and all are welcome to carpool, take a limousine with us, or find your own rides!!