Ok, this is the second not-so-great music show in a row. I think that’s a first for us. So let me regale you with a story from the old post-punk days.
It’s the summer of 1982 or 1983, I can’t remember which. A blanket of sticky heat is smothering Boston, and I’m packed into a rock club directly across Lansdowne Street from Fenway Park’s Green Monster. The a/c in this club is not working, and I’d say it was like a sauna in there, except that it was much worse than a sauna in there. The Dead Kennedys were supposed to be on stage (a punk matinee for the kids!), except they weren’t. After an hour of waiting for the band, I had lost about 22 pounds, my sneakers were galumphing from the pools of sweat that had collected in them, and I wanted badly to leave. The problem was that my girlfriend, who in a few short years would proudly call herself Mrs. Gary Waleik, refused to leave. I think we were in that dewy hellhole for over 2 hours (it felt like 15), and I was in dire need of liquid refreshment. But the club was so full it was impossible to move more than a few inches in any direction.
Finally, Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Darren Peligro and Klaus Flouride took the stage with nary an apology and launched into one of the shortest, least inspired sets I have ever witnessed. Afterward, rumors circulated that the cause of the delay was the towing of Jello Biafra’s Mercedes. I’ve never been able to confirm that, but maybe it’s better to let that possibility linger like the atomized sweat that’s probably still hanging in the atmosphere of that dingy Boston subterrane.
As far as this week’s music goes:
I Love This Town by Bon Jovi (from youtube )
Gary's Take: Take a good listen…does it sound anything like this? (Click on Man I Really Love This Team on the right)
Neither did the Judge.
Those Were the Good Old Days by Ray Walston (from Damn Yankees 1955 Original Broadway Cast Recording, RCA Victor Broadway, 1990)
Gary's Take: One can picture Bernard Madoff singing this in the hoosegow, can’t one?
It Was Good by Brandon Ayre (from The Golf Album, Swinger, 2001)
Gary's Take: Golf outfits for females that require taking off before their full potential can be, er, revealed? Wow…I’ll let Mr. Ayre sum it up.
This program aired on November 13, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.