60s: What led you to form The Swiss Movement?
BG: The guy that was the "leader" of The Speidels, Billy something, was a jerk and fired us all and told us he would sue if we used the name. We wanted a name that caused people to realize we were 4/5s of The Speidels, so we took the Swiss Movement name.
60s: How did The Runaways fit into the picture?
BG: I think that was Kent Liming's band prior to The Speidels. I think they broke up and he came into The Speidels looking for a gig. He would be able to answer that much better then me.
60s: Where and when was the The Swiss Movement formed?
BG: Sometime in 1967 by four remnants of The Speidels: Bob Geissler (bass and keyboards), Kent Liming (guitar), Gene Coleman (drums) and Gary Chesser (lead vocals). We later added a guitar player named Gene Haynes.
60s: Where did the band typically play?
BG: Schools, parties and clubs. We were the backup band for Billy Jo Royal a couple of times when our booking agent brought him to South Texas to do some concerts.
60s: Did you play any of the local teen clubs?
BG: Yes - The Pussycat Club in San Antonio and lots of other places in San Antonio (as well as) The Casket in Kerrville and The Vulcan Gas Company in Austin.
60s: How far was the band's "touring" territory?
BG: North to Rockdale (which is north of Austin), West to Kerrville, Southwest to Carrizo Springs and Crystal City, South to Rio Grande Valley, and East to Houston.
60s: How would you describe the band's sound? What bands influenced you?
BG: We covered as much of the top forty as we could. We were heavy into Hendrix covers and similar stuff.
60s: The Swiss Movement apparently won an Austin battle of the bands in 1968? Do you recall anything in particular about the competition?
BG: It was the first big crowd I had played for. There were probably 6,000-7,000 people.
60s: Did The Swiss Movement have a manager?
BG: Yes - A booking agent who was also a lawyer in San Antonio named Brock Huffman. He was the one that lined up the Billy Jo Royal thing. I don't remember how we found each other.
60s: How popular locally did The Swiss Movement become?
BG: I would like to think we were one of the top five San Antonio bands outside of the Hispanic market.
60s: Where did The Swiss Movement record the "Spoonful" / "Inside of Me" single?
BG: We recorded it at a recording studio in Houston. Its name was its street address. What I remember was that the recording engineer thought "Inside Of Me" needed a little pizzazz so he had me make a clicking sound with my mouth on the offbeat.
60s: Did The Swiss Movement write many original songs? Who was the band's primary songwriter?
BG: I can't even remember who wrote "Inside Of Me"!
60s: Do any (other) '60's Swiss Movement recordings exist? Are there any vintage live recordings, or unreleased tracks?
BG: I may have something lying around. Several years ago and had all of my old 1/4" tapes converted to digital.
60s: Did the band make any local TV appearances?
BG: We did "Spoonful" on a San Antonio show called Swingtime. Which reminds me… there used to be a San Antonio TV show for which I was one of the house musicians that Mike Nesmith performed on. Back then he was a guitar playing folksinger.
60s: What year and why did The Swiss Movement break up?
BG: Probably around 1968. I don't remember why. I moved on to The Laughing Kind.
60s: How long were you with The Laughing Kind?
BG: Two or three years.
60s: Did you record with the band while a member?
BG: Nope – But they recorded some stuff before I came along. They were originally known as Max and The Laughing Kind and played summers at Port Arkansas.
60s: What keeps you busy today?
BG: I went to law school while I was playing in The Laughing Kind. That, and related activities, are my day job now. I still play, sing, arrange and record at a contemporary church service.
60s: How do you best summarize your experiences with The Swiss Movement?
BG: It was lots of fun and educational.