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False Alarm “Tell Me Who I Am” Ft Cheetah Chrome Video Review

Cheetah and Brent Alden


Cheetah Chrome is 61 years old and if that aint a reality check I don’t know what is.  Proof that cool guys can live forever and not all of us dropped dead or ended up in jail or the psych ward..yet.  So imagine my flashback to my past when I open up a message today and am greeted with an old memory. Why hello Mr Cheetah and my my my.. you’re with False Alarm.

2002 was not the best year for punk rock, most of the Doc stompers had waddled off to suburbia and began working on their perfect lawns.  It was a dark time and a sad reminder that we all grow up and things can’t remain the same. Or can they?

A group out of Cali was keeping the dream alive, False Alarm were heating up- and bringing in a legend to do so.

Dylan Maunder had the sort of voice that whips you right back to 1979.  Its that gritty sorta smokers voice that seems to have either just woke up or just puked up last nights lo mein.  To an old punk broad like me- it’s a sound of comforting familiarity.  Musically, Chrome adds old school street cred with backing by Paul Kostabi  while Alden and drummer Art Chianello keep the hip beat moving.  So we have a pretty interesting dynamic.  “Tell me who I am” is an open ended question with a thousand answers.  In the end it didnt really matter.

I got in contact with bassist Brent ‘Aldo’ Alden regarding his little gem and in my oh so suave way tried to get the story of how this collaboration came about.  The problem is an iphone and my shitty disposition but I was able to get the gist of it all. There was a Dennys, there was a Dee Dee Ramone (who even contributed art to False Alarms CD as well as paid tribute to them in his band Youth Gone Wild) and there are hopes for a future reforming of the band.

Make it happen.



  1. Brent on April 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm


    • jen on October 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

      Brent alden brent aldo alden paul kostabi dylan maunder fat mike punk floyed

  2. Bill on November 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    punk rock Dennys in Hollywood
    amazing story, i was at Dennys restaurant on Sunset Blvd. on my i
    walk in i see Dee Dee Ramone from the Ramones with some other punk rock looking
    guy so i talked to them and they invited me to sit for lunch it turns out the
    other guy was this guy Brent who was in False Alarm Fat Mikes old band. so i
    sat with them for about 30 minutes while they had coffee. Brent told me he was
    righting a book of interviews and gave me a transcript of some of it to read it
    had a few stories about fat mike in there about how they went to Beverly Hills
    highschool together when false alarm started. Brent said that mike was a
    horrible drug addict, that he punched him one time at the Dennys for being to
    drunk .then Dee Dee Ramone showed me a butterfly knife with a ruby on it and
    said he almost had to stab someone with it once. it was the trippiest thing
    there was also an interview with some guy el duce from the mentors who said he
    was paid to kill Kurt Cuban they were both totally cool and they told me stay
    clean from drugs even pot then Dee Dee said his wife was upset and he had to go
    and Brent said he had to go to an AA meeting that was it but what a trip

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