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Hayden is a cousin of Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) and appeared briefly in a line-up of Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band as the clarinet player, most notably on the album [r1690822 and on stage in November 1969 with the band at the Amougies Festival in Belgium [see [l13232.
A life-long friend of The GTO's' Pamela Des Barres since high-school days, featuring in her book 'I'm with the Band' (1987).
Hayden is also a modest painter. He provided the cover art for [r1718051 and has had minor exhibitions in the USA. Hayden is also associated with the 1986 California movement that helped the budding Berkeley punk scene at 924 Gilmore Street [aka Alternative Music Foundation, where artists like [a411847 & Sweet Children metamorphosed. The track 'Mascara' on [m30172 is a small homage to Hayden.
Hayden also co-founded [l26061 with Mark Deutrom.