Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cliffside Drive

I found this cassette tape at a flea market. It's from 1989 and there's nothing on the band member names, no phone number, no address/contact information. So, there's no way to tell where this band was from. Anyone out there remember this band? Any information would be appreciated.

Cliffside Drive (MegaUpload)

Cliffside Drive (RapidShare)


  1. I am the guy on the far left. The band was formed in Lake Zurich Illinois. The drummer lived on on Cliffside Drive where the band practiced (hence the name). We played largely in chicago - the Thirsty Whale was a regular gig. Band members included Jeff Jachiemek (singer), Tony Alunni (drums), Jim Even (Bass), Mike Argyrakis (guitar), and Tim Fitzgerald - the guy on the far left (guitar).

    The band evolved into the Limbocats - mostly with the same members. Music for the Limbocats can be found at Limbocats played through the early 90's in the chicagoland area. During the glam rock era - the Limbocats stood out as a unique sound combining punk/blues/country.

    The Limbocats eventually disolved with members landing in 3 different bands incuding the Cowfrogs and the Wabash Cannonballs (i cant remember the name of the other band).

    The Cowfrogs included myself (now the singer and guitar), Tony Alunni, and Mike argyrakis (original cliffside drive members) - joined by new member Mike Urban (Bass). Music from the Cowfrogs can be found at The Cowfrogs evolved with a focus on rock/country/southern rock - with all original music written by myself. We played throughout the chicago area for 5 years or so. We are now on a temporary break (we hope).

    The original singer from Cliffside Drive is the lead signer and guitar player in the Wabash Cannonballs. See for more on their music - true to punk rock/garage band.

    Thanks for finding our tape - we were wondering what happened to it.

  2. Wow! What a trip! One of my friends just sent me this link. Back up the memory bus, kids!

    I was the other guitarist (Mike Argyrakis - second from the right with the glasses) in Cliffside Drive, as well as the aforementioned Cowfrogs.

    We had a modest but very dedicated following back then. We were best known for our energetic stage shows that propelled us to back-to-back victories in the annual Palatine Battle of the Bands in '88 and '89.

    As Tim indicated, we are all alive and well and I'm happy to add that we have remained friends over the years. I can honestly say that in over 20 years of making music, that band was probably the most fun I've ever had.

    But the big question is: Did you like the tape?

    If you are curious about the recording or the band, you can contact any of the above sources or email me at