TOYS & DREAMS

Carmen Wilder (Vocals/Guitar/Bass Guitar)
Ralph Plank (Piano & Keyboards)
Glen Heath (Guitar)
Kenny Gott (Guitar)
Pete Queal (Guitar)
James Dillard (Percussion)


Carmen began playing drums at the age of 12, but had only been playing guitar for mere months before writing and performing the songs on this record done under the band name HOSTAGE at the age of 19.


STREETHEART

(Left to Right)
Andy Brown, Robbie Barker, Carmen Wilder, Roger Booher and Dean Kinder


Carmen was in a dozen bands in his 20's, only the ones with names are covered here. STREETHEART came about through a friendship with bassist Roger Booher, a longtime friend of CW. The band split before ever performing.


GYPSY

(Left to Right)
Greg Jones, Carmen Wilder, Larnce Jordan and Craig Hill


Barely a step up from a garage band, GYPSY had high hopes, moderate talent, but bad chemistry. Particularly when you added alcohol. All WILDER bands produced original songs, but this was predominantly a cover band.


VIRGIN HEART

Carmen Wilder (Vocals/Lead & Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards/Bass Guitar)
Brent Frazier (Lead & Rhythm Guitar/Bass Guitar)
Stephan John (Lead & Rhythm Guitar)
Lance Kitchens (Bass Guitar)
Jeff Ruckman (Keyboards)
James Dillard (Percussion)
Danny Harris (Percussion)


Album art for all WILDER releases were illustrated by Carmen himself, this one a 3x3 foot airbrush painting. The band was originally going to use the band name VIRGIN, but opted for Carmen Wilder instead at the last minute.


SLICK TRICK

(Left to Right)
Jimmy "Motley" Meyers, Chuck Downing, John Talbert, Doug Martin, and Carmen Wilder


SLICK TRICK performed many of the songs from VIRGIN HEART, though only Carmen actually played on the record. They toured that summer of '87 with some success, and were Pop-Metal crowd pleasers.


VILLA MYSTIQUE

Carmen Wilder (All Vocals/Drums/Guitars/Bass/Keyboards)


This album contained several songs Carmen wrote that Slick Trick performed live. After the band split, he decided to record a solo album in the true sense of the word, playing all instruments, including drums and lead guitars.


HEARTLESS

Carmen Wilder (All Vocals/Drums/Guitar/Bass)
Chuck Downing (Guitar)
David Painter (Guitar)


Other than a guest lead track by David Painter, this demo was performed completely by Wilder and SLICK TRICK guitarist chuck downing. Though never released, several of the tracks appear on the WILDER "best of" releases.


EMFDMG (Compilation)

See artists on Virgin Heart/Villa Mystique/Heartless
plus: Roger Booher (Bass)


The acronym for "Electric Music for Deranged Metal Girls" was solely a result of the album illustration by CW. This was the first compilation record with cuts from Virgin Heart, Villa Mystique, and the Heartless demo.


SEVENTH HEAVEN

(Left to Right)
Cecil West, Carmen Wilder, David Hunt, and
Danny Westhoff (behind drums)


Carmen wanted to take his songs live and road test them. Though performing some original material, they weren't together long enough to write much, and eventually the Danny attacked the David in a drunken stupor and that was that.


VIOLENT PASSIONS

Carmen Wilder (Vocals & Keyboards)
Bill Bruce (Lead Guitar)
Kent Unruh (Rhythm Guitar)
Brent Frazier (Various Guitars)
Kelly Lemon (Bass Guitar)
Mick Meyers (Percussion)


This was the turning point for WILDER, an international release supported by a music video for the title track. It was also the first effort combining the talents of guitarist Bill Bruce with those of CW.


A TRINITY OF SONS

Carmen Wilder (Vocals/Bass/Keyboards)
Brent Frazier (Guitars)
James Lee Dillard (Percussion)


Fans of bands such as Kansas, Rush, and Dream Theater, WILDER decided to drop the pop and produce a progressive, hard-hitting concept album. Many fans favor this version of WILDER over the more radio friendly offerings.


WILDER (Trinity)

(Left to Right)
James Lee Dillard, Carmen Wilder and Brent Frazier


These three musicians began in the very early 80's as friends with common musical interests, and have remained so through all of the years. Their "in-sync" relationship shines through the music as a tight, melodic testimony.


SORRY MY KARMA RAN OVER YOUR DOGMA

Carmen Wilder (Vocals & Bass)
Brent Frazier (Guitars)
Bill Brown (Guitas)
James Lee Dillard (Percussion)


Taking a small step back towards the center, KARMA is one of the few WILDER albums with no keyboards. Recorded 90% "heads-up" live in the studio, this album is heavy, straight forward, and definitely not over produced.


WILDER (Karma)

(Left to Right)
Brent Frazier, Carmen Wilder, Bill Brown, James Lee Dillard


Going from 3 to 4-piece was a comfortable transition, and the new addition added his guitar to the mix as if adding keyboards with ethereal textures & melodies. Leads were split evenly and panned so you could identify the player.


ROCK IN MOTION (Music Videos)

Carmen Wilder (Vocals & Bass)
Bill Bruce (Guitars)
Brent Frazier (Guitars)
Scott Snow (Guitars)
Geno Puckett (Guitars)
James Lee Dillard (Percussion)
Terry Lawson (Percussion)


This VHS of all WILDER music videos is very rare and hard to find. It contains a music video for "Children of Tomorrow" that was canned because it was too similar to "Knights", and contained behind the scenes footage.


WITH A LITTLE FORESIGHT

Carmen Wilder (Vocals & Bass)
Bill Bruce (Guitars)
Ned Wilkinson (Keyboards & Backing Vocals)
Pete Generous (Percussion)


Though released under the name PSYCHIC PILGRIMS (a song title from TRINITY), this record is universally a WILDER album, Carmen's second album with Bill Bruce. Also appearing are Pete Generous and Ned Wilkinson.


PSYCHIC PILGRIMS

(Left to Right)
Carmen Wilder, Bill Bruce, Pete Generous and Ned Wilkinson


Carmen & Pete had done several commercial music pieces together and promised to do fun music together one day. The same true with Ned, and consistent with the WILDER "play with your friends" tradition, this was the opportunity.


VIOLENT PASSIONS Re-Release

Carmen Wilder (Vocals & Keyboards)
Bill Bruce (Lead Guitar)
Kent Unruh (Rhythm Guitar)
Brent Frazier (Various Guitars)
Kelly Lemon (Bass Guitar)
Mick Meyers (Percussion)


With the record company bankrupt and an LA warehouse fire destroying what was left, a sudden, new internet-spawned audience presented a challenge. This re-release was the answer, and thousands sold through internet distributors.


LOUD LIBRARY (Compilation)

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In tandem with the re-release of VP, LOUD LIBRARY offered an opportunity to present some of the PILGRIMS material as WILDER songs, and also include a few songs from the deep archives to fans who never got to hear them.


Darkstar


Darkstar is a project that challenges all of this artists areas of expertise, music, film, writing...a multimedia cornucopia. The project introduced CW to many contributors, including Canada's RUSH. Go to www.darkstar.gs to learn more.


In 1973 as kids, Carmen (then Jeffery) met Bill Brown at school where they shared a love for drama and music. It was another twenty years before they ever played together, and is a cherished experience for Carmen. "We never lost touch through the years, and every phone call ended with him saying 'I love you, brother'. " Remembers CW. "And he was my brother in so many ways. We shared a lot of music, a few women, and so much laughter. He was the consummate entertainer, and was always on stage, even on my back porch. I can't wait to see him, and play with him again, and I'll never give up on that, or say goodbye to my friend Bill Brown."