The night of the show I Anyway, I take a cab up We arrive at the club, which "George," says "It’s Allyson’s "Well you’re here, With that we follow Rob "What do ya want to "I’d like to be "Huh?" both Allyson "We have to prepare "Dude," I say, "Well, we’ve rehearsed "We sound pretty tight," "This is gonna be fun," "This is the list of "Cool," I say. "And these are the "Cool," I say. "And you should open "Cool." "Any questions?" "Um," I say, "is Rob looks at her in her I thank her for letting "How you all doing No response. "Are you guys out there I hear a few murmurs in "I said, ‘Are A few people say "yeah," As I’m about to make "Excuse me," I "What?" she says. "Are those real?" "Excuse me?" she "Your breasts," "What kind of question I look at her. And her boobs. "A legitimate question," "Fuck you!" she "You pig!" she With water and spit dripping "Whoa," I say, "Fuck you, asshole!" "Shut up, pussy," "Come down here and "You come up here, Finally, the show was getting Until the other she The other she being "You motherfucker!" "What’d I do?" Without answering me, Olga Hard. Real hard. Suddenly blood was pouring I looked over at Rob, and I then looked at the other "That fucking hurt!" "You fucking insulted By this time, my bodyguard, "Don’t you fucking "Fuck you," she The next thing I knew Allyson I quickly broke the pair "You fucker," It was then I made my first "Look," I said As I was saying I was sorry, "Anyway," I continued, Finally Rob reminded me "Okay," I said With that, the guitar, bass The night flew by as singer At one point the English About halfway through the Luckily I was able to stop Doh. It was then I let her have "Fuck you, bitch," Like I said, I must have "I’ll be waiting The rest of the night I But no one really seemed The set ended with Tom Gogola And I got nervous. What if Olga was outside I was a dead man. So I hung around after the Finally I got up the nerve But not without Allyson, "I don’t know I said nothing. My jaw wouldn’t "But if I had been P.J. barked in agreement. All I could do was smile. And it hurt like hell. Speaking of breasts: Boy, Another great band I saw Cult of the Psychic Fetus. Out of Capitol comes the Drop Zone’s Pint From Fat Possum and Epitaph Spunk. Isn’t that another New York City’s own Chris Gaines has a greatest Firehouse’s new CD Finally, everyone’s
arrived late. Of course. I had planned on getting to Arlene Grocery earlier,
but it took longer than I expected to extract the codeine from the 222 pills
I’d purchased in Canada a couple of months before. I had just bought these
new coffee filters, and they were like slow drip. Real slow drip.
to the place with my friend Allyson, who always tells me, "George, I’d
take a bullet for you." I told her that tonight she might have her chance–that
Arlene was a hostile shithole, with an audience that wouldn’t know what
humor was even if it were printed on their credit cards. She tells me she knows.
She’s been there before.
looks like one of 10 million bodegas that are scattered around the city, except
this one has a line out front and is located in a new "hip" area.
Where lots of other "hip" bars are. The Lower East Side. On Stanton,
between Ludlow and Orchard. An area I wouldn’t even drive through three
years ago without the windows and doors locked up tight. Now it’s all foo-foo.
Boutiques everywhere, trendy fucks walking in large groups all over the place.
Rob, as Allyson and I step out of the cab, "where have you been? You’re
fault," I say to him, just because she begged me not to say that.
we got work to do," says Rob.
and his band into the Butcher Bar, which is a sorta nice place next to Arlene.
drink?" asks Allyson, my bodyguard and butler.
the official greeting committee," says Rob, "but George and I have
serious work to do,"
and I say at the same time.
for the show, which starts at any minute," explains Rob.
"calm down. Everything will be fine. This is easy. We just go up there
and wing it. No problem."
and know the songs," says the drummer of the band, whose name I don’t
adds the guitarist, whose name I also don’t know. I call him "Rusty"
because Matt from Dick Army told me to call him that because of his red hair.
And because it annoys him.
I assure Rob.
songs with blank lines next to them," explains Rob. "Have people fill
in their names next to the songs they want to sing."
lyrics to all the songs. I’ve put them in alphabetical order. If you keep
them that way, they’ll be easy to find," Rob says.
up the set by talking and saying ‘pussy’ a lot, then sing the first
he asks me.
it okay if Allyson holds all the songs on the clipboard and gets everyone to
cool rubber shirt and tight black pants, realizes it’s a great idea, and
thanks Allyson for her willingness to help out.
me be the lazy fuck I am and just letting me worry about getting drunk. The
next thing we know, the band next door has ceased to play and we’re up
out there?" I ask the wall-to-wall crowd as Rob and his Heavy Metal Karaoke
Band set up their gear.
ready for some heavy fuckin’ metal?" I ask.
the crowd about how metal sucks.
you ready to rock?’" I yell.
but most ignore me and chat among themselves about their furniture and same-sex
another comment I see her. Standing right below me. Right in front of
the stage. Like a vision of the Virgin Mary. With tits.
say, off the mic, to the blonde-haired blue-eyed angel with quite an impressive
rack. "Are those real?"
I ask again.
I say, looking right through her white wife-beater t-shirt at her Susan B. Anthony
is that?" she asks, all offended like.
She’s about 5-foot-3, with a waist tinier than my arm, and a chest that’s
got to be at least double-D.
I lean over and say to her. "I mean, your shirt is see-through, and your
breasts look great. I was just wondering if they’re real."
yells at me, then takes a large sip of her water and spits it at me.
adds, and leaves the front area.
off of me, I get back on the mic.
"we have a great crowd here tonight. Listen, some girl just spit at me
and said ‘Fuck you’ because I asked her about her breasts. So if you
see a blue-eyed blonde-haired chick walking around with a huge-ass rack, don’t
ask her if they’re real or not. She seems very sensitive about that question."
some guy in the back yells at me.
I yell back at the guy.
say that, asshole," the guy yells.
you politically correct fuck," I yell back at him.
to be like a Furious George concert. I was starting to feel at home.
a 6-foot-2 Amazon, with a chest as flat as a board. Which didn’t stop her
from wearing the smallest bikini top I’d seen in a long, long time.
she yelled at me.
I asked the woman who I later found out was Olga, from Olga & the KGB, a
band from the Lower East Side. They had played right before Rob’s band.
wound up her right arm and clocked me in the jaw so fast I never saw it coming.
out of my mouth and off my chin.
he kinda looked back at me in shock. I don’t think he expected this.
band members. Who looked just as bewildered.
I yelled at the Amazon, who had that kinda washed-out chick-with-a-dick look.
my friend, you motherfucker," she yelled at me, and with that, went to
hit me again.
Allyson, had hopped up onstage, and was standing between me and RuPaul.
hit him!" little Allyson yelled at the tall blonde.
yelled at my bodyguard. "He’s a fucking asshole and I’m gonna
beat the shit out of him."
and Wonder Woman were trading blows and what was supposed to be Heavy Metal
Karaoke had turned into the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. Except for Olga.
up, and got hit by Dino-Dyke one more time for my troubles.
she yelled again, as she got off the stage. "You’re gonna be fucking
sorry. I’m gonna fucking kick your ass. Beat the fucking shit out of you,
you smug asshole. How dare you insult my friend."
and biggest mistake of the night: I apologized.
into the mic, with my jaw really beginning to swell up but feeling no pain because
the codeine was kicking in, "I’m sorry if I hurt your friend’s
feelings. I’m sorry. I’m not here to hurt anyone. Just to have fun.
If I hurt your girlfriend’s feelings, then I’m truly sorry. She seems
really nice and all, and I guess I was a jerk. Sorry. I’m really sorry…"
I was listening to myself, and cursing myself out in my brain for being such
a damn pussy. I really did feel bad if I hurt her feelings. But I also felt
bad for being such a wimp. I was in a no-win situation, and I knew it. The best
thing for me to do was to shut up, but I just kept saying I was sorry, over
and over again. Like a broken record. It must have been the punch to the head.
"I’m really sorry and…"
why we were there and told me to start the set. Thank God for him.
to the crowd, who by this time were calling me all sorts of names, none of them
nice, "it’s time for the metal, and this one’s by Quiet Riot
and it’s called ‘Bang Yer Head’!"
and drums kicked in with that heavy metal thunder and Rob and company rocked
out like gods. I could hardly sing. I was in shock from Olga and her knuckles,
and, also, my jaw was beginning to swell big-time. Somehow I managed to get
through the song, with only minimal booing at the end, and introduced the next
in a long line of guest singers who would appear that night. Among them, Crazy
Mike Wartella from NYPress, Mad Memphis Mike from Dick Army, Screamin’
Tom Gogola and some dude named "Buck" from New Rochelle, who had a
Guns ’N Roses t-shirt, wore a red bandanna on his head and could actually
after singer rocked with the band. Everyone seemed to have a good time. Everyone
who hung around, that is. Everyone else seemed to fly out the door when the
soundman even told me he was having a good time. But I don’t think the
bartender was. He had a scowl on his face the entire night.
set, the other she walked by the front of the stage as I was introducing
a singer. She told me I was a "motherfucking asshole" and lobbed a
bottle at me.
it with my head.
it. In front of everyone. I think I must have lost it.
I said to the woman with the sunken chest. "You’re just jealous that
your friend’s tits are bigger than your nonexistent ones. I bet you pack
a pecker in that underwear. And if I wasn’t such a fucking gentleman who
was raised not to hit women, I’d kick the living shit out of your skanky
ass, you ho."
for you outside to kick your ass," she yelled back at me, and left.
bitched to the audience about how if I was walking around with my penis hanging
out, I would expect questions like, "How did you get it so big and long?"
If I had had it extended through collagen injections or a peter-pump, I’d
brag about that. I’d be proud of it.
to understand my pain.
doing a great version of Van Halen’s "Hot For Teacher." As he
rolled around on the floor, I thought about how it would soon be time to leave.
the club? What if she was out there with a whole gang of chicks? What if she
was serious about "waiting outside to kick my ass"?
show and talked to everyone I could. Hoping she’d be gone by the
time I had to leave. I met Rob’s mom, who was awesome, and talked with
some of the guest singers who were really quite impressive.
to leave the club.
my friend Rachel and a couple of other chicks.
if anyone deserves to get punched," said Wendy, as I felt the codeine wear
off and my jaw really begin to throb, "but I guess you asked for it. It
was definitely not unprovoked."
there," Wendy added, "I’d have killed her."
did I see a pair the other night at CBGB. The band was called Sexy Xrist (pronounced
"Sexy Christ"), and the bass player, Erica, had a couple of really
cute little ones she loved to show off. Also an ass to die for. Alas, she and
the guitar player are together, so that’s that. But their CD Rock ’N’
Roll Resurrection on X Rated Records helps me think of her on those "lonely"
nights. The songs on this thing fucking rock! I mean, holy shit, when
these guys say they’re from Hollywood and they know how to rock ’n’
roll, they ain’t kidding. On "Las Vegas," "Dead at 27 Club"
and "The Devil, Dope, and My Dick," these two guys and one gal kick
ass big-time. Holy cripes, I think I may like this band almost as much as the
Dwarves and Zeke. They’re that good.
recently just released their second CD on Melted Records. The band is the Heartdrops,
and the release is East Side Drive. This band of three guys who always
wear black play the kind of tunes that will have you and your lover in the backseat
of a car making out in no time. Or in the front seat. Running over people. Either
way, you’re having fun. Songs here include "Almost Grown," "Lolita,"
"White Line Rhythm" and my favorite, "Locked Out." Get this
CD and check out the band next time they play. And say hello to Ben, their drummer,
for me. He’s one hell of a nice fuckin’ guy. Punk rock!
What kind of name is that for a band? I guess one they like. It’s also
the title of their self-titled and self-released CD. This is another band that
wears all black. But, like, I think ’cause they’re vampires or something.
Their singer looks like Nosferatu, or that dude from Midnight Oil. The music
is sort of a mix between the Cramps, Elvis, the Cramps and, well, the Cramps.
Which is a good thing. Song titles like "Coffin Beggar," "Orgy
of the Dead" and "Dead Bride" kind of tell you what their whole
shtick is about. And live, these guys rock. Even if they insist on having that
damn candelabra onstage.
most bizarre record I’ve heard in quite some time. It’s by a guy called
Tim Wilson, and the name of the CD is Gettin My Mind Right. This dude
sings funny-ass country songs like "Peterbilt Prison," "100 Things
to Remember" and "Haircut Malpractice." He also does tons of
comedy, with bits about Al Gore, Abe Lincoln and the king of England. Real redneck
comedy that I’m sure anyone with a sense of humor will appreciate. So I
guess that rules out that chick Olga.
Size Punks on Skate-Key Records is, like, rad. The band is a bunch of kids.
Like 14 or 15. Tops. But probably younger. They sing punk-rock pop tunes like
"Be My Friend," "Punk Rock Girl," "Foodmarts"
and "Surf City San Diego." They’re from Jersey, and I’m
sure they’ll be playing around here soon, if their moms will drive them
into the city.
comes the new one by the Neckbones, The Lights Are Getting Dim. These
guys, hailing from the state of MS, whatever the fuck that is, rock out via
the Dead Boys and the Cramps. Heavy sorta guitar playing, with real angry and
name for come? Jizz? Wad? Semen? Sperm? That gooey white stuff that shoots outta
your pearl-spittin’ fountain pen when you play with it too much? Anyway,
that’s also the name of a band. That has an album called Texas on
Copper Loud Records. They play real hardcore-type stuff kind of mixed with that
trucker rock like Speedealer. Also they sound kind of like Sick of It All and
Agnostic Front. All in all, it’s a really decent CD, and blows away all
that pseudo-hardcore crap like Korn, Limp Bizkit and Britney Spears.
Kowalskis have a new CD out on Engine called All Hopped Up on Goofballs.
These guys and gal have that classic New York Punk Rock sound, a la Blondie,
Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith and the Ramones. I expect these guys to go places,
fast. This CD is really tight and good, and this one song, "Good-bye Daddy,"
still haunts me every other minute. Great stuff.
hits album out on Capitol. Called Greatest Hits. I used to like him better
when he was in Nine Inch Nails and wore women’s stockings. Now he does
all this pop/country shit. Fucking pussy. I may as well listen to some horseshit
like Garth Brooks.
Category 5 on Wocka Wocka Music has a cover with a nice picture of them.
They are four guys, three of whom have girl haircuts. The fourth guy looks like
Harry Anderson. They play true rock in the vein of Winger and Bon Jovi. Wocka
Wocka Wock Out!
favorite drunk-punk band, the Blanks 77, just released a new CD on Radical called
C.B.H. That stands for Cunt. Bitch. Hore. Mike Blank, the singer,
told me that. I guess he can’t spell. Anyway, this time they sound like
the Clash if they were from New York, drank too much and had a drummer that
ate pizza and smoked herb all day. Songs here include "Radio Hits"
(kinda like the Ramones’ "Rock ’n’ Roll Radio"), "We
Are the Punks," "Ghetto Blasta," "If You Were a Beer"
and my favorite, "Girl Can’t Rock & Roll," with these lyrics:
"Joan Jett had a bad reputation/Courtney Love is just a bad imitation."
Pure fun, pure pogo and pure punk. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say
it again. These guys go!
The night of the show I
Anyway, I take a cab up
We arrive at the club, which
"Well you’re here,
With that we follow Rob
"What do ya want to
"I’d like to be
"Huh?" both Allyson
"We have to prepare
"Dude," I say,
"Well, we’ve rehearsed
"We sound pretty tight,"
"This is gonna be fun,"
"This is the list of
"Cool," I say.
"And these are the
"Cool," I say.
"And you should open
"Um," I say, "is
Rob looks at her in her
I thank her for letting
"How you all doing
"Are you guys out there
I hear a few murmurs in
"I said, ‘Are
A few people say "yeah,"
As I’m about to make
"Excuse me," I
"What?" she says.
"Are those real?"
"Excuse me?" she
"What kind of question
I look at her. And her boobs.
"A legitimate question,"
"Fuck you!" she
"You pig!" she
With water and spit dripping
"Whoa," I say,
"Fuck you, asshole!"
"Shut up, pussy,"
"Come down here and
"You come up here,
Finally, the show was getting
Until the other she
The other she being
"What’d I do?"
Without answering me, Olga
Suddenly blood was pouring
I looked over at Rob, and
I then looked at the other
"That fucking hurt!"
"You fucking insulted
By this time, my bodyguard,
"Don’t you fucking
"Fuck you," she
The next thing I knew Allyson
I quickly broke the pair
It was then I made my first
"Look," I said
As I was saying I was sorry,
"Anyway," I continued,
Finally Rob reminded me
"Okay," I said
With that, the guitar, bass
The night flew by as singer
At one point the English
About halfway through the
Luckily I was able to stop
It was then I let her have
"Fuck you, bitch,"
Like I said, I must have
"I’ll be waiting
The rest of the night I
But no one really seemed
The set ended with Tom Gogola
And I got nervous.
What if Olga was outside
I was a dead man.
So I hung around after the
Finally I got up the nerve
But not without Allyson,
"I don’t know
I said nothing. My jaw wouldn’t
"But if I had been
P.J. barked in agreement.
All I could do was smile.
And it hurt like hell.
Speaking of breasts: Boy,
Another great band I saw
Cult of the Psychic Fetus.
Out of Capitol comes the
Drop Zone’s Pint
From Fat Possum and Epitaph
Spunk. Isn’t that another
New York City’s own
Chris Gaines has a greatest
Firehouse’s new CD