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tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

I got an address at the beginning of the month so I got a job a few days after I started looking.

The Onion AV Club reminded me that third wave ska was a thing which reminded me of this story I'm going to share in hubski because I think it's damn funny:

I went to a show with a couple Epitaph punk bands headlining ca. 2001. The opening act was a Christian ska band. They played a cover of Brian Adams Summer of 69. Except it was about Bible camp instead of a sex position. I once saw a live ska cover of a Brian Adams song that was rewritten to be about Christian summer camp. Reflect on that sentence. It was as bad as you can imagine.

And the lead singer kept asking the sound guy to adjust things after every song. The horn section of the ska band was a trumpet.

How they didn't have a bottle thrown at them in front of a bunch of punks, I have no idea. "Live Christian ska Brian Adams cover." That combination of words should not describe an event. About 100 people can claim to have seen such a thing.

kleinbl00  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Tourism in Santa Fe in the late '80s/early '90s was not the settled thing it is now. That Kokopelli fucker had yet to climb off Anasazi cave walls and onto Ocean Pacific shirts and coyotes howling at the moon were things you took a .22 to, not put a bandanna on and rendered in hammered copper. And the Santa Fe plaza was a place where you could buy shit turquoise jewelry at a ridiculous markup during the day and weed, acid and smack at night. It was the most likely place you and your drama-fag friends would go to smoke cloves, flirt with each other and buy a cappuccino and some pound cake at 11pm because there were maybe three coffee houses within 100 miles and nobody had ever heard of Starbuck's.

The business community, however, had seen the writing on the wall and knew that a bunch of ruffian teenagers in black was not going to increase the rack rate at La Fonda so they got creative.

At one point they gave parade rights to a bunch of Christian Crusaders to harangue us from a grandstand but the teenagers figured out that they could just apply for the parade rights in a round robin basically every night because Santa Fe law had them as free so we kept them out that way. Then they started driving around us in pickup trucks full of Jesusfreaks but then the tourists complained. Things reached their absurd limit when they brought in Christian heavy metal bands to, among other things, redo the Scorpions' "Still Lovin' You" as "He Died For You."

Turns out jesusfreaks with PA equipment in moving vehicles are deathly afraid of water balloons. Who knew.

I'm not sure when we lost the Battle of Santa Fe; it was after I left. I mourn that era, when the most touristy tourist district in the most touristy tourist state belonged to the batcavers after dark.

goobster  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It was August 23, 1986 in Berkeley, California when I saw The Smiths on their "Queen is Dead" tour.

The opening act was Phranc, a self-proclaimed lesbian folk-singer, who walked out on stage alone, in front of a sellout Smiths crowd, with nothing more than a microphone and an acoustic guitar... and completely owned that crowd!!

By the end of her set, the entire crowd was on their feet, singing along with her! It was amazing. I've never seen an opening band do a an encore before.

(Oh. The Smiths show was brilliant, as well.)

tacocat  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You kinda need to know about late nineties Epitaph punk for these names to hold weight, but the headliner of that show was Voodoo Glow Skulls and the other band was Pulley. Pulley was way less popular than VGS so you could argue Pulley was the second opener and not co headliners. Voodoo Glow Skulls' tour bus broke down and couldn't make the show which was a bummer. Until Pulley did a double set, got the crowd pumped by kicking ass and made up for the missing bigger act. And the Newsboys in fedoras. Former, and at the time current, MLB pitcher Scott Radinsky is the lead singer of Pulley and, as a White Sox fan who had maybe heard one of their songs in the days when you had to purchase physical media to hear that sort of music, I was pleasantly surprised.

It ended up being one of the best shows I've ever been to. Right up there with seeing Ben Folds do a free concert in front of a crowd with a large portion of people who obviously had never heard of him where he ended the show by trying to smash the keyboard with his piano bench.

Dala  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

VGS were a lot of fun live. I think I saw them with Pulley too, might have been the same tour!

tacocat  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Would have been around 2001-2002 I think

b_b  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Was is worse than the original?

kleinbl00  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was about to complain that it's not that bad a song and then I realized that, as always, I have mixed up Summer of 69 with Don Henley's 'Boys of Summer.'

tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And an emo band covered Boys of Summer. They fucked that song up of course. It's not a dead head sticker anymore, now it's a Black Flag sticker so the kids'll get it. A minor complaint given how awful the song is in general

_refugee_  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I had this CD

tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm sorry.

Dala  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I probably still have mine as I rarely get rid of cds.

tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've dumped about 90% of my physical media. Because I'm consistently broke and who wants to carry that stuff around forever? I don't think I own any music CDs anymore

_refugee_  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i donated mine to a cd recycling center cuz turns out, throwing hundreds of CDs directly into the trash is really bad for the environment

also most of mine were, enchantingly archaically, burned copies

kleinbl00  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I gave mine to a radio station that plays goth-industrial every Sunday. I think there were about 600.

tacocat  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I got $120 dollars for far fewer CDs that I found in a free bin. I was briefly the owner of the Megadeath discography.

kleinbl00  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That song has been poisoned by at least three bands. There was an awful techno cover a while back, too.

Fuckin' KT Tunstall covered it.

The Ataris is definitely the worst, though.

tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They managed the impossible

b_b  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If you don't dream, you'll never achieve.

tacocat  ·  215 days ago  ·  link  ·