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Philip Lithman led a schizophrenic profession, trying to create his way to avoid it of obscurity in to the light of mainstream achievement, but then found out a living like a valued sideman to probably the most obscure pop band of the ’70s and ’80s: the Occupants. His dramatic, slanted operates in the fretboard possess its antecedents within the English blues picture and artwork rock and roll, most especially Robert Fripp and Fred Frith (the second option also lending acoustic guitar to Occupants recordings); his fingerwork gained him the nickname “Snakefinger.” In the long run, he passed away (suddenly, of the coronary attack) during limbo: not strange plenty of for the Occupants, not normal plenty of for chart achievement or critical reputation. Created in London, Britain, in 1949, Lithman was arriving of age within the psychedelic picture, but found the greater menacing vibe which was permeating the final two years of this 10 years. In 1971, a 22-year-old Lithman found SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA and fulfilled up with a unusual group of artwork terrorists that could become the Occupants. He followed the group for his or her two live looks, in addition to increasing hell on live radio, playing violin inside a screeching, free of charge jazz joke. People dug it, but Lithman came back to England the next calendar year, playing on two albums within the music group Chilli Willi as well as the Red CHILE PEPPERS along with his friend Martin Rock (two of the associates, Nick Lowe and Pete Thomas, would continue to fame dealing with Elvis Costello). Once the group disbanded, Lithman came back to America, and resolved in LA, where he shopped around demos for just two years, aiming to break right into the mainstream rock and roll picture within the design of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, along with other smooth rock and roll standbys. Both Warner Bros. and RCA declined him. In 1978, he came back to SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA and in the center of doing your research another demonstration, reunited along with his older friends, the Occupants. The college-age pranksters got grown right into a bizarre music group having a cult pursuing and their very own label and today got a desire to include other artists with their label’s roster — Snakefinger got came back. For just two years, the Occupants co-wrote and created two Snakefinger albums (Chewing Hides the Audio and Greener Postures), an individual “THE LOCATION,” and presented him on the albums Duck Stab as well as the Commercial Recording. He also seared the ears along with his memorable solo on the cover of “Fulfillment” — it requires to be noticed to be thought. The single albums, while a crucial achievement (Nibbling received a “traditional” rating within the 1983 Rolling Rock Record Guidebook), seemed even more about the Occupants than Snakefinger: the related demented pop of Duck Stab, the singsong lyrics, the strange and awesome imagery. Given an opportunity, Lithman’s Brit Rock and roll purisms would drip out; in 1983 he toured, playing blues addresses. In the first ’80s, as the Occupants had been engulfed in touring, he produced a music group, the Vestal Virgins, with associates of Pere Ubu and assorted Bay Region groups, and documented a third record, Manual of Mistakes. Right here was a discovery — with just a few music co-written using the Citizens, Lithman will make it as a genuine solo musician. In 1985-1986, Lithman came back to play a global tour using the Citizens, documented on a minimum of three releases because the 13th Wedding anniversary Tour. That is a terrific exemplory case of Snakefinger’s function — delicate glide function, menacing, distortion loaded guitar (frequently within the same melody). That calendar year also saw the discharge of his many mature function up to now: Nights Desireable Objects, documented using the Vestal Virgins. The eclectic record represented the differing influences at the job in Lithman’s profession, from Nino Rota and Mls Davis to folk and artwork pop. The Virgins strike the road for the support tour. On July 1, 1987, following a concert in Linz, Austria, Lithman experienced a fatal coronary attack. The Citizens, who were planned to make use of Lithman on the upcoming God in Three People record, constructed music for his funeral (afterwards released on Snakey Wake). Since 1987, the Citizens have held Lithman’s storage alive through re-releases of his Ralph Information materials, including a B-sides collection.

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Full Name Snakefinger
Died July 1, 1987, Linz, Austria
Nationality English
Music Groups Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Club Foot Orchestra
Music Songs Man in the Dark Sedan, Kill the Great Raven, Picnic in the Jungle, Magic and Ecstasy, Jesus Was a Leprechaun, What Wilbur?, I Come From an Island, Who is the Culprit and Who is the Victim?, Save Me From Dali, The Model, The Vultures of Bombay, I Gave Myself To You, Here Come the Bums, There's No Justice In Life, Trashing All the Loves of History, Beatnik Party, Eva's Warning, Living in Vain, Don't Lie, The Vivian Girls, The Picture Makers vs. Children of the Sea, Golden Goat, Womb to Worm, Yeti What Are You?, Smelly Tongues, Bring Back Reality, Friendly Warning, I Love Mary, This Is Not A Disco Song, Bless Me For I Have Sinned, I Love You Too Much to Respect You, Sophia's Playful Pipes
Albums Chewing Hides the Sound, Greener Postures, Manual of Errors, Night of Desirable Objects, Snakefinger's History of the Blues: Live in Europe, Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins: Live in Chicago, Philip Charles Lithman AKA Snakefinger, Snakefinger: A Collection, Live at the Savoy 1981, Against the Grain, A Collection of Songs Written and Produced With the Residents, Snakefinger's History of the Blues, Philip Charles Lithman AKA Snakefinger 1949 - 1987


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Deep 2017 TV Series filming Jerry
Prodigals post-production Benny
Hide in the Light 2016 Adam
Cadence 2016/I KC
Mack & Moxy 2016 TV Series Kendling
White Ninja 2015 TV Series Cat / Ugly Wife / Josh / ...
Paranormal Solutions Inc. 2015 TV Series Gary
Barbie in Princess Power 2015 TV Movie Wes Rivers (voice)
The Price Is Precise 2015 Short Security Guard
Over the Top 2014 Short
Arrow 2014 TV Series Gerry Conway
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch 2013-2014 TV Series Jim
Burnt Out 2013 Short Ryan
Slugterra 2013 TV Series Twist Young Blakk
Friend Request 2012/II Short Xander
Supernatural 2012 TV Series Chris
Le petit prince 2010-2011 TV Series Ted
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 2010 Video Game Üso Ewin (English version, voice, as David A Kaye)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 2008 Video Game Üso Ewin (English version, voice, as David A. Kaye)
Kidô Senshi Gundam 00 2007-2008 TV Series Lichtendahl Tsery
Perfect Child 2007 TV Movie Boyfriend (as David A. Kayer)
Nana 2006-2007 TV Series Shinichi Okazaki
Boom Boom Sabotage 2006 Video Kud (voice)
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 2004 Kahuna (voice)
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 2004 Video Graham (as David A. Kaye)
Masters of the Universe vs. the Snake Men 2002-2003 TV Series Adam / Young Adam / Prince Adam - Age 11
X-Men: Evolution 2001-2003 TV Series Jamie Madrox Multiple Multiple Man
Living with the Dead 2002 TV Movie Gideon Morse
Dark Angel 2001 TV Series Sage / Sam Gilan
3000 Miles to Graceland 2001 Jesse Waingrow
Make Way for Noddy 2001 TV Series Noddy (voice)
Don't Look Behind You 1999 TV Movie Bram Corrigan
Atomic Train 1999 TV Mini-Series
The Outer Limits 1999 TV Series Young Man
So Weird 1999 TV Series Ghost Boy
Beauty 1998 TV Movie Tommy Harris
A Marriage of Convenience 1998 TV Movie Kevin William Winslow
Dead Man's Gun 1998 TV Series Chad Cullman
Cold Squad 1998 TV Series
Tricks 1997 TV Movie Joseph
Legends of the Fall 1994 Samuel Decker

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hardly Men TV Series producer pre-production
Prodigals producer post-production
Grocery Store Action Movie 2016 Short producer
White Ninja 2015 TV Series executive producer - 60 episodes
The Price Is Precise 2015 Short producer
Eye of the Beholder 2012/I Short executive producer / producer

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paranormal Solutions Inc. 2015 TV Series production manager - 8 episodes
Eye of the Beholder 2012/I Short production manager

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knockout 2011 stand-in

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cameras Rolling: 20 Days on Set 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Barbie in Princess Power (2015) · Kelly Sheridan
· Britt Irvin
· Michael Kopsa
· Rebecca Husain
· Kira Tozer
· Patricia Drake
· Michael Adamthwaite
· Gabe Khouth
· Kathleen Barr


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