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Hank and the Dankmeyers, formerly Andy and Mitch and Fritz too, is the collective genius of Scott Bentley (vocals, guitar) Chris Pendergraft (vocals, guitar) and Scott Hall (keyboards, vocals)

The band formed in 1997 and recorded some 50 songs in less than 24 hours in 4 different locations - Andy's porch and shed, Mitch's garage, and, at the infamous
Vulcan Studio in Oakland, CA.

Friends also contributed to the monkey sound:
Adonis Cruz (vocals, guitar, keyboards) during the Shed recordings. Hector (electric bass, fiddle bass, synthethizer) Pablo and Aristotle Jackson (drums) at the Vulcan sessions.

The following samples are from the band's first album:
Andy and Mitch and Fritz, too - "Greatest Hits"
Their second Lp - "Greatest Hits, Volume 2"
And, from the now out of print double disc set:
Hank and the Dankmeyers - "Anthology"
The band is currently recording:
"Johnny and The Medical Marijuana Monkey"
A concept album about concepts


THE PORCH RECORDINGS
The following songs were recorded on Andy's front porch Sunday March 26th 1997 using only a small cassette recorder with a built in mic. Founding members,
Andy and Mitch, shared the only guitar.
It is the bands earliest work.


Candy Corn Monkey
345k
Ukulele Monkey
397k
Dance, Dance
704k
Skippy the Monkey
286k
Sunday Monkey
999k
Leave the Rind Behind
487k
Michaelina
557k


THE GARAGE RECORDINGS
The following night keyboardest Fritz Heidegger joined the group and the band became a trio. The following songs were recorded in Mitch's garage, again using only a small tape recorder and cheap cassette tape.
Low impedance microphones and an amplifier
were also employed.
"Looking back, I'd have to say that night of recording was our most inspired, perhaps innovative session to date. Real surreal, man, sort of like our "Sgt. Pepper" phase...whatever that means."
Andy Dankmeyer
"Was I there?" Fritz Heidegger


Space Monkey #1
186k
Space Monkey #2
000k
Voodoo Monkey
624k
Lasagna Monkey
443k
Monkey Holiday
748k
Ganja Monkey
879k


204 k
Billy Menace
Age 8
Kalamazoo, MI

GARAGE RECORDINGS
part two

Tuesday, the 28th, Andy and Mitch and Fritz met again in the garage and compiled their best acoustic set to date, despite Andy drinking an entire bottle of night-time over-the-counter cold medication.
Fritz's keyboards on "Monkey Resort" and
"Monkey Prom" are equally provocative.
"There were a lot of people on the set that night, I remember, and lot's of drugs and alcohol.
The only thing missing, really, was a Lava lamp
and a few fluorescent wall posters."
Andy Dankmeyer

Resort Monkey
688k
Frothy Monkey
635k
Benji the Monkey
646k
We Like Monkeys
000k
Nickel Plated Monkey
556k
Monkey Prom
000k

Bilingual Monkey
000K

THE SHED RECORDINGS
With Mitch convalescing in a sanitarium in San Francisco, the band held auditions for his temporary replacement. "We must have had hundreds, maybe thousands, of people try out for just the one spot," said Andy,
"We even ran out of applications and #2 pencils."
The band chose Adonis Cruz, former vocalist with the band "Chocolate Happy Pants," because, as Andy states,
"Hey, he likes monkeys and he's a minority!"
The song "Cotton Candy Andy" is considered one of the most fascinating songs recorded this decade.

Cotton Candy Andy
486k
Monkey Funeral
896k
Lawn Monkey
688k
Okee Doke Monkey
000k
Cathedral Monkey
691k
Triple Jump
Monkey
473k
Triple Jump Monkey #2
851k
Continental
Monkey
000k


Monkey Jam
000k


THE VULCAN RECORDINGS
Dude Ranch
000k
Hobo Monkey
1MB
Georgia
Jungle
837k
Pop Your Monkey
1MB
Don't Blame
739k
Sandbox Monkey
000k
Tricky Monkey
918k


Dr. Johnson
570k


All songs are copyrighted 1999 and property of Hank and the Dankmeyers. Use of our music, including wav files, without written permission is unlawful