(consisting of John Carpender
, Tom Gerlach
& Steve Gerlach
) was one of the best-loved live bands to come out of the Chicago area. They captured their sound on their debut album lessons worth learning
, and tracks on several popular compilation albums. The single for "Don't" from the disc received widespread play throughout the Midwest. The video for "Said And Done" was played on virtually every music video program save for MTV.
Despite their growing success the band broke up while demand for their shows and discs was increasing.
Lead guitarist Steve Gerlach left for The Amarillo Kings and later The Bad Examples. Drummer John Carpender hooked up with Michael McDermott. In early 1995 this core of the Helmsmen re-united to form MysteryDriver Occasionally, Phantom Helmsmen still play the rare gig together around Chicago. A word to the wise is sufficient...
MysteryDriver's acclaimed album on Whitehouse Records, Getting Away With Murder, and their incendiary live shows developed a growing fanbase and created the demand for the Phantom Helmsmen's debut. Originally released in 1992 on Hogleg Records (001), the album was re-released on Whitehouse Records.
What I Meant Was...
Gun Club Turn
Kids These Days
I Will If You Do
Hippier Than Thou
Lessons Worth Learning
Said & Done