|Ben the Brain|
|Name||Ben the Brain|
|Real Name||Ben Bergeson|
|Super Powers||Hyper Hypnotic Guitar Lines, Kind to Children|
|Instruments played:||1964 Gretsch "Chet Atkins" / 1963 Fender Jaguar|
|Years active||1994 - 1996|
|Albums played on||The Return of the Aquabats|
|Other bands||Sandfleas The Moon Monkeys GoGo13|
Ben The Brain played lead guitar in The Aquabats from 1994 - 1996. He was a founding member and contributed quite a lot through in the days preceding the release of The Return of the Aquabats!. He was strongly influenced by surf music (as were other members of the band) and that was turned up quite strongly in the music. Ben the Brain's moniker was justified as he was a mad genius of sorts, with his complex sense of humor, profound musical talent and stunning graphic design skills. Ben designed the covers to the early demo tape, The Revenge of the Midget Punchers and The Return of the Aquabats!.
In 1996, Ben had to resign from the band due to familial obligations, but remained in close contact with the band. This friendship was honored at the 1999/2000 Aquacadet Summit where Ben was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award".
The Return of the Aquabats! : The Brain
Hyper Hypnotic Guitar Lines, Kind to Children.
After his departure from the Aquabats, Ben founded his own (mostly) instrumental surf-rock band, The Moon Monkeys with Jared Terry (brother of Boyd Catboy Terry) who released the demo CD "So Far, Far Out" on Horchata Records and often opened for The Aquabats. Later in 2003, Ben was recruited to the reformation of GOGO13 with whom he played with for several years. In 2007, he moved to Utah with his wife and 3 children, where they currently reside.