Les Bohem’s slightly self-serving biography
I was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. My band, Gleaming Spires, had a quasi-hit with our single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls‚” (if you ever saw Revenge of the Nerds, you know). I was at the same time holding down a day job as the bass player with the band, Sparks. We were recording Whomp That Sucker in Munich the entire time that “Sex Girls” was in heavy rotation on KROQ. I was out of town for my fifteen minutes.
After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, I found a job writing screenplays about rock and roll musicians whose careers had stopped burgeoning. But no one makes movies about rock and roll musicians whose careers etc, and so I wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, The Horror Show and bits and pieces of several other memorable epics. Eventually Twenty Bucks, which I wrote based on a 1935 script by my dad, Endre, (the apple didn’t fall – my dad was a screenwriter and producer from the 1920s through the 1970s and my mom wrote for both movies and television before getting smart and leaving the business) was made. The movie earned critical raves and several awards, including an Independent Spirit Award. My other screenwriting credits include Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, Kid, Nowhere To Run, The Darkest Hour and the mini-series, Taken which I wrote and executive produced (with Steven Spielberg. – so now, add “name-droppy” to “self-serving”) and for which I won an Emmy award.
I’ve had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), Alvin (of the Chipmunks), and the awesome Misty Martinez. My short stories have appeared in some rather embarrassing men’s magazines, and on line and in print in a bunch of places which you can find over in the “writing” section. My short novel, Flight 505, was recently published by UpperRubberBoot,
Shut Eye, a series which I created, is out now for Hulu. It stars Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Angus Sampson, Susan Misner, David Zayos, Mel Harris, Leah Gibson and Isabella Rossellini. I wrote and sang the bouncy theme song, “Walk On Well-lighted Streets.”
I saved the one that matters most to me for last. My first solo album, Moved to Duarte. just came out. It’s a double album, it’s produced by Marvin Etzioni and I hope that it will make you smile some and break your heart.