Skip to main content

Jimmy Vivino: The Basic Cable Band Bio

Hey everyone! Meet Jimmy Vivino! He's the leader of the Basic Cable Band! He wails on the guitar, and is the master of pretty much any instrument you care to name. We asked Jimmy to fill out a little questionnaire, so you could get to know the man behind the music (aside from his killer fretboard pyrotechnics, Jimmy also writes all the original music that you hear on our show). Take a peek at what he had to say below!

  • Real Name: Jimmy Vivino
  • Nickname: Enzo (The Baker)
  • Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
  • Instruments Played in the BCB: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Favorite Instrument You Don't Play: Harmonica
  • Favorite Band: The Band
  • Favorite Album: Beatles, White Album
  • Favorite Song Of The Week: Gone by the time you read this!
  • First Band You Were Ever In: Trio with my brother Jerry (clarinet), my buddy Frank Pagano (snare drum), and me on trumpet. We knew 2 songs: “Batman” and “Ballad of the Green Berets.”
  • First Concert You Ever Attended: Procol Harum at Filmore East
  • Favorite City To Play In: NYC
  • Favorite Venue To Play In: The Bowery Ballroom
  • Coolest Rock N' Roll Anecdote: Hanging with Bob Dylan *twice* in one day... a mistake. Upon seing me the second time he said, "Jimmy, I already saw you today!"
  • Craziest Tour Story: Touring though Europe by train with Johnnie Johnson, Mike Merrit and Worm. We tore the compartment apart looking for our tickets as we crossed the border. Turns out that Johnnie was sitting on them all along. He kept saying "I told ya'll not worry – they'll turn up!"
  • Coolest Fan You've Ever Met: Anyone reading this
  • Craziest Fan You've Ever Met: Anyone reading this
  • Favorite Movie: "Godfather 1"
  • Favorite TV Show (Besides CONAN): "Family Guy"
  • Favorite Food: NYC Pizza
  • Drink Of Choice: H2O
  • Favorite Comedian: Reggie Watts or Deon Cole (a tie really)
  • Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
  • Favorite Sports Team: NY Yankees
  • Favorite Pair Of Shoes: Stacy Adams Blues Shoes (2 tones)
  • Favorite Item Of Clothing: Purple Rod Keenan Hat
  • Favorite Smell: Garlic simmering in olive oil
  • Lucky Charm: Conan
  • Pets: LaBamba & Pender
  • Scariest Movie You've Ever Seen: "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer"
  • Other Secret Talents: Italian Cooking
  • Best Conan Story: The best is yet to come!