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Current Mood: blah
Well, I was unable to rally for New Wave City this weekend. Seems like everyone was sick or otherwise not into it. Ended up being a pretty quiet weekend, all things considered. I did catch the Eagles Of Death Metal at the Fillmore last week though. Sold out! The place was as packed as I’ve ever seen it; in fact, I was barely able to squeeze into the main hall! People were singing along! Somewhere along the way, these guys got huge I guess. I still remember the first time I saw them years ago (opening for The Cramps, actually). I think I was the only one in my party that liked them. How times have changed…
That reminds me of something else. I think the EODM did some work with the Bikini Bandits once upon a time. Back before YouTube, I remember the Atom Films website was the place to go for all sorts of independent film and animation shorts. Back in those years, the Bikini Bandits were huge, and that shit was hilarious. Since then, I don’t know what direction that franchise has gone in, but if you’ve never seen them, go check out the site. (I recommend the Magic Lamp episode.) I think I even got introduced to a few bands through them… including the now-defunct clown band Greasepaint. OK, enough reminiscing.
The new Moz album is out soon, and I’m looking forward to it (duh!). I’ve so far resisted the urge to listen to the leaked album, as I’d rather savor the moments of buying the disc, unwrapping it, and hearing those tracks for the first time in full CD-quality sound. Now paradoxically, this won’t be news to anyone who’ll care… but Moz was on Jimmy Kimmel the other night. Some friends (including Booty Lou) were there to see the taping live, including some songs that didn’t air on the show. Among those was a version of “This Charming Man!” This would be, I believe, the first time his solo band has ever attempted it. I wondered if they would ever take that one on… not because I don’t think they could do it but because it’s one of those few Smiths songs that seems so quintessentially Johnny that it would almost be in poor taste for them to cover it. Does that sound ridiculous? I mean shit, Moz wrote the words to that song, he ought to be able to play it whenever he wants. And the irony that I myself play that song live all the time does not escape me. I don’t know… I’m trying to imagine Johnny playing that tune in particular with anyone other than the Smiths and it just seems like… well, he wouldn’t right? Oh well, don’t listen to me. I’m sure it was great, though I hear they put a very different kind of punk rock spin on it. Hopefully we’ll get to hear it soon. If you did watch Kimmel the other night, you would have heard Moz give a quick shout out to The Cramps’ Lux Interior, who sadly passed away this week.
Speaking of me playing This Charming Man, don’t forget it’s just a few short weeks until our 25th anniversary weekend when we’ll be playing the whole first Smiths album live in Sacramental and FresYES. And with a certain other tribute band having followed our lead in Fresno and tried their hand there, it seems like the locals smell a rivalry. I’ve seen mentions now here, here, and here. Ridiculous!
I’m about to get tickets to this… anyone else planning on going to see Blue Öyster Cult at Slim’s next month? They hold a special place in my heart, and they were actually the first band I ever saw at Slim’s. I’ll happily go alone, but I’d be interested to know who else this interests.
“All I’m selling is these sacks o’ sand. And this magic lamp. Up in this mutha…”