After recording for nearly a decade with 80s alt-rock band THE CALL and working with heavyweights like Bono, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Simple Minds, Goodwin learned, first hand, the power of melody and lyric and the strange and mystical effects of Jack Daniels. After screwing up countless opportunities to hit the big time in almost Spinal Tap like fashion, Goodwin backed into the bizarre and confounding world of TV music. As a co-founder of B5 Music in 1988, Goodwin composed for numerous clients on accounts such as AT&T, JC Penney, Nissan, Seiko, and many others. Later, he founded Tileface Music and branded Sunny Delight while at the same time scoring his first independent films and film trailers. Tileface also landed the UPN promo account in 1997 and worked feverishly in promo hell for three years. MadBus Music was born when Jim outgrew his garage and was tired of explaining to people what a "Tileface" was ( see our contest page for details ). MadBus graduated to major network brand identity packages when it won the ABC Primetime ID package from Pittard/Sullivan in 1998 which led to campaigns for Bravo, Music Country TV, HBO, and VH-1 to name only a few. During a brief association with Admusic, Goodwin won national demos for Squirt and Miller Beer. The high-quality, professional environment of Admusic served as the model for eggchairs current approach with its emphasis on live musicians. Along with design packages, eggchair's core business includes movie trailers, commercials, independent films, and tv shows. Having only recently launched eggchair music, Goodwin is eggcited about the state of the business and the possibilities for the future. "People ask me all the time about working with Bono and Peter Gabriel and Jack Danielswhat it was like to tour back in those days." says Goodwin "Unfortunately, I can't remember any of it."
Born around the time of the civil war, I became a wheelwright for a local wagon maker in my early teens. Falling in with the wrong crowd I learned to pitch pennies, smoke cigars and levitate. While sleeping off a particularly bad night in a New Orleans drunk tank, I was shanghaied to a Hong Kong freighter. Where I was forced to be a galley slave until being rescued by a beautiful missionary, who then released me after exacting payment of course, somewhere off the coast of Madagascar where I was taken in and cared for by the local natives. Meanwhile, the harpsichord instructor I had retained in London around the turn of the century had give up on me completely. I drowned my sorrow at this loss by throwing myself headlong into learning to perform with Balinese shadow puppets, while accompanying myself on the ocarina. I had mastered this art and had toured the continent, playing for all the crown heads of Europe when tragedy struck. While preparing for a six week stint at the Old Vic in London, in around 1920, I was the victim of a terrible bout of the melancholy, which left me unable to do anything but care for myself in the most basic sense. My career in shambles, and nearly penniless. My beautiful young wife took our twelve children and left our wonderful home to be inhabited by riff raff of every conceivable shape, size and criminal persuasion. Stealing away in the night with just the clothes on my back, the pocket watch my mother had given me and an antique parlor guitar that had once belonged to a long dead musician. I set off to make my fortune yet again, this time winding up on the lower east side of New York City. Working with a group of musicians referring to themselves as 'New Wave'. The most notorious of these, a band called 'The Model Citizens' actually a collection of non-musical poseurs from Columbia University. It was through this group that I met, toured and worked with some of the important and innovative artists of the day. People like John Cale and Lou Reed of the 'Velvet Underground' Karla DeVito, Holly Vincent and her band 'The Italians', The 'Underground Opera Star' Klaus Nomi, David Bowie, who I worked for on several different occasions. The blues artist, John Campbell, Delbert McClinton, Bo Diddley and Julee Cruise, just to name a diverse few. Drumming as well for many unnamed and unsigned bands in smokey dives and classic downtown toilets. Then landing in California for several years with the pop band Five for Fighting until after what seemed like another century, I ended up with a guitar in my hands trying to convince various groups of disinterested Californians and New Yorkers that they needed to hear what I had to say. Which brings me to the here and now. Or is it the 'hear' and now? Another chapter, another beginning, complete with crawling infancy, stumbling awkward adolescence and hopefully, culminating in some sort of musical and artistic maturity. One can only hope...
Jan Pomerans international musician of mystery: We were unable to obtain a photo of Mr. Pomerans, which has contributed to our theory that he is not only one of the most talented composers in the world, but is also in all probability an international figure working under Interpol or her majesty's secret service. What we do know about him is that he hails from the United Kingdom and has been instrumental in the composition of some of eggchair's premiere work including, but not limited to, ABC Primetime, Bravo, and several of our endeavors into the TV ad world. As a founding member of the Zen Cowboys, Jan has been deeply immersed in the Hollywood club scene and continues to exhibit a high level of hip "connectedness" and a somewhat foul odor. As long as he continues to produce such high quality work, we will not ask a lot of questions. However the covert nature of his movements in and around Hollywood has kept us all wondering about his actual identity behind the musician's guise. If anyone has found a confirmed current photo of Mr. Pomerans, please send a copy to eggchair music.