A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1987 a motion was put forth
to once again resurrect the name and purpose of the Trap Door.
Pops Seriano would act as an unseen organizer to orchestrate the
union of four versatile, musical personalities, the First Family
of Modern Day Trap Door.
Pops was no stranger to the workings
of Trap Door for he was once a part of the Trap Door of the 30's.
Known then as Baby Pops,
he would play his harmonica and toy horn along with Squiggly
McBiefeld on vocals, Ol' Chalie on Banjo, and Stash on the Searltone-a-phone.
The bright six year old was quite a talent, but was most likely
hired because the group performed in his father Guy's bar, aptly
named,"Old Guy's" and because Baby Pops also owned a
little monkey. The monkey coincides with Trap Door's Four M's
of Show Business, "More Monkeys Means Millions!"
The Trap Door of the 30's (which
actually began in 1943) instilled in Baby Pops a need to know
about suppressed information. As a young man, Pops would feverishly
research claims of the supernatural, supernormal and lost or hidden
information. In order to pursue his investigations and debunking,
Pops left the band in 1951. Come the Summer of 1987, Pops realized
that the time was at hand, Trap Door must live again.
Pop's son, Wiggly, had lead many
bands for several years and at the time was only working on experimental
solo endeavors. One day as Wiggly and two of his musical pals,
Bats and Wooferine, argued over saccharin, Pops arranged for a
devastating explosion. Out of the clearing smoke emerged the cornerstone
of today's Trap Door, Holee Cow. Now a group, Wiggly, Bats, Wooferine
and Holee Cow would work day and night for three years to fill
the shoes of the Trap Doors before them.
The early years of Trap Door were
then chronicled by Lehigh Valley native artists, A. Thom and Check.
The artists works were circulated in the form of mini comics which
are still in publication and distribution to this day. Several
years later in July of '91 the Trap Door art work would be recognized
in an exhibit of Comic Art at the Rodale Gallery (within the Baum
School of Art of Allentown,PA). It was quite a thrill for the
artists and the group to see the Trap Door works beside other
comic legends such as Gray Morrow, Lee Weeks, Bob McLeod, Jim
Balent and others.
In 1989 Trap Door released a bootleg
cassette of some of their music. The tape was distributed through
comic book shops and demand soon eclipsed production. With
the success of the cassette, Trap Door prepared for their first
live show. In order to emulate what they had done in "The Secret
Attic Recordings in Mighty Trap Door Towers", they needed
to implement a change in the groups members.
July 6th, 1990 Trap Door hits
the stage. The official line-up is Holee Cow on percussions,
Wiggly on vocals and bass (since Wooferine was seriously injured
by an acid wash and reduced to small bit parts. Note: see "Wooferine
; The Lost Years"). Bats had been missing for a few months
and was replaced by HK3 on keyboards. Joining the group were
Andy Van Halen on lead guitar (Andy quit after the 1st, 3rd and
4th shows and was later killed in a harpooning accident), Mister
Trousers on guitar, special guest, Chee-Ah, and the Electric
Eel on additional vocals. This version would become known as "Trap
Door A", affectionately nicknamed, "Crap
Over the next few years Pops Seriano
would step up into the spotlight and become the groups DJ. Mystic
T would replace the slain Andy Van Halen and Footie would round
out the team as they prepared for their first half-hour TV special.
It was also about this time, Fall of '91, that Wiggly's son, King
Rollo, began to show a heavy interest in the group.
In the Spring of 1992 Trap Door
would incur it's first minor set-back that would actually propel
the group into one of it's greatest periods. Personal differences
would remove HK3 from his position of joint song writer. The
Electric Eel would also follow in the footsteps of the little
guy. With this removal, total creative control would now rest
on the lap of Wiggly and Pops. The transmogrification would
be awesome. Trap Door would now commit it's lyrical topic to
three prime subjects, 1: The eradication of prejudice by dealing
with all things on an individual level, 2: The disclosure of
suppressed or unknown information, and 3: Luv. The bands sound
would also change slightly, concentrating more on melody and
instrument placement and usage rather than the mechanical or
heavy layered sound. Wiggly put it,"My intentions are
to take a more sparse approach, make every instrument and sound
deliberate and important......Concentrating on the range and
dynamics within the individual instrument. But, above all else,
compose for the song.....put nothing before the song."
The year to follow would prove
to be a very important time for Modern Day Trap Door.
Former villain, Pyramido, would
join as a keyboardist, Queen CC added her dynamic vocal abilities,
King Rollo would accompany the band as the groups M.C. and a set
of four dancing MIB's (MIB 1, MIB 2, MIB 3 and MIB Special) would
now comprise Trap
1993 would see the release of the
CD Trap Door, Flying
Discs of Luv (A Major Donald Keyhoe
Commemorative EP) as well as land articles about the group in
several international magazines, UFO Universe, Unicus and UFO
Sightings. The band was also featured on RAI Italian Televisions
show about the future, Punto e a Capo, which aired around the
world to over two million people.
For the RAI Special Trap Door
edited footage of the rarely seen S.D.I. program which showed
hyper velocity and rail gun technologies into their live performance
footage. It was originally planned to include footage that
an agent of Trap Door's had smuggled out from the offices of
Hard Copy. The footage was of a supposed alien abduction of
a family, video taped and presented as "the families last hour on Earth".
It was an obvious hoax with laughable emulations of Close Encounters
of the Third Kind and other famous movies. The owner of the
footage was trying to illicit a hefty sum from Hard Copy and
Trap Door wanted to thwart their profit making scam. The quality
was so bad that when we tried to add the footage it couldn't
even stabilize so we turned to exposing some real weapons that
many do not know exist.
In May of 1994 Wiggly and Trap
Door would have a dinner and interview with Zecharia
Sitchin. Wiggly and several other members of the band
had met with him on three previous occasions and try to attend
whenever he speaks in the area. The interview was published in
the Trap Door Newsletter and broadcast on Radio WMUH 91.7 Allentown.
It was around this same time that
Trap Door recruited the assistance of circus strong man, The Son
of The Mighty Atom. Atom had lost his former job after dropping
a baby elephant on his back(the elephant suffered no injury,e.n.).
The Herculean giant was hired for his ability to plunk the Bass
Guitar like a mother.
Trap Door would also gain the addition
of another female vocalist, Tiah. Tiah, Queen C.C., and Wiggly
would now begin constructing new harmonies and inflections that
can be heard in Today's Trap Door.
In 1995 Queen C.C. would be called
away in search of her own future. This would set the scene for
Trap Door H.
The line-up of Trap
Door H reads, Wiggly, Tiah and new female talent, Manta
on vocals, Holee Cow on percussions, Mystic T on guitar, Son of
the Mighty Atom on bass, Pyramido on keys, Pops Seriano on the
record players, King Rollo as master of ceremony, nephew of Mister
Trousers and part of the Britches Brigade, Kid Slack-0 on guitar
and MIBs 1, Special, Strange, Charmed, and Proppa.
Trap Door H would be the only act
to play at the 50th anniversary of the Kutztown Airport. They
also blew away over 2000 stunned onlookers at an outdoor show
at the University of Penn. Trap Door H would also take it to the
studio once again in preparation of a new release. The two songs,
SUD and Boom-tube will be released on Trap Doors upcoming album,
CODE NAME: PROJECT NOW.
Although Trap Door H was Hot it's timing was a little off.Tiah
left to pursue a solo career, Manta was called away to New York
and MIBs Strange, Charmed and Proppa disappeared.
Now was also a time when the groups
spiritual leader, Mystic T, would make a major decision. He
would venture to California to head Trap Door operations from
a clearer business position. This would be the first time Trap
Door would concentrate on "the music business". Actually he is
still in the preparation stage. Trap Door has always decided to
try to gain the respect of scientists, scholars and everyday people,
they have yet to really try and impress the people who they share
career concepts with. This day will come but, Trap Door wants
to be really prepared to blow their ideas Big Time. They want
to have a good foot hold because when they start kicking peoples
teeth down their throats they want to be sure they have the dentures
to fill them. But, the author digresses, pardon me, "I love
Pops and King Rollo would also
take a stretch from the stage. Rollo to hone his painting skills
and Pops to go fishing and nurse his aching hemorrhoids. (Some
believe that Pops really left because Wiggly would no longer watch
This all brings us to 1996 and
to present day Trap Door, Trap
Door V. Trap Door V will be the
Trap Door to come up from the underground and embrace the children
of the "talk show" mentality, embrace the main stream
media, and embrace the enemy. Let's here the final Tale of the
Wiggly on keyboards and vocals,
Hungarian Ninja, Empress La La Ming-ming on vocals, Ku Baba LU.GAL
on vocals, Triky Squid on vocals, Holee Cow on percussions, Horatio
C. Proctor on keyboards, Son of the Mighty Atom on bass, Vectrex
on guitar, Kraig Armitage on drums, and the A.C.E.'s, ACE Io,
ACE 8 Fold Way and ACE H. For more information, please check out
the BAND BIOS
2001 enjoyer a brief run with Trap
Door V2. V2 would be the first venture to create a
smaller more dedicated team concentrating on using what talent
we had for multiple responsibilities. Wiggly on vocals, keys and
some bass. Eight Fold Way on Dancing and Vocals, Check FM on dancing,
vocals and keys. Pyramido returns adding multiple keyboard parts.
Vectrex on guitars, Son of the Mighty Atom on bass and Kraig Armitage
and Holee Cow on drums. This is the smallest live band since Trap
2003 would create two of the strongest
core versions of Trap Door. First Rev
C started an amazing acoustic version of the band.
Acoustic Wiggly on acoustic bass and vocals, Trap Door Charmed
on various percussion, dancing and vocals, Eight Fold Way on various
percussion, dancing and vocals, Vectrex on acoustic guitar, Pyramido
on keyboards and Todayz Man on bongos.
2004 will see the emergence of
Door (G). (G) was built on the strong core of Rev C. Wiggly,
8 Fold Way, Vectrex, Pyramido, Santo Felice, Wooden Pops, Castron,
Trap Door Charmed, the most dynamic Trap Door to date.
And that, Baby, is a brief history
of Trap Door.
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