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Amazing flashback weekend

[This entry was originally posted on my MySpace blog. It was transferred to WordPress on 1/20/2013.]

So this weekend, I went to a showing of Quadman, Junebug played a set including such songs as “Fargo Gypsy Girl” and “The Cacophony Trilogy”, Fed By Doris played and I went to a Five Point Theory show.  Feels like we all warped back to 2001.

Dan wanted to show Quadman again, because it had been a darn long time since it has been shown at the coffee house.  For those who don’t know, Quadman is what was referred to as a lo-fi sci-fi.  Bruce Likness is an Adjustment Training Center client who, a few years ago, wanted to realize his idea for a movie.  With the help of Dan Cleberg and many others in the area, it became a no-budget full-length feature film.  There was local press coverage (the front page of the local paper), a pre-show party where everyone dressed up and had hors d’ouvres, and arrived in a limo on a red carpet for the premiere.  It was amazing.

I hadn’t seen the movie for years, so watching it again on Friday was a total blast from the past.  All these memories about hanging out at the Rooster, situations in which the movie was being filmed, people I haven’t seen in ages, it all came flying back at me.

Junebug had played at the premiere party on May 5, 2001 and all the members of Fed By Doris were involved in the film.  So at this showing on March 24, 2006, Dan had both Fed By Doris and Junebug play. 

At practice Anthony brought a copy of the setlist we played at that show and we decided to play nearly all of those songs plus some new ones.  It was pretty fun playing “Fargo Gypsy Girl” and starting “To the Next Episode” with “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” again.  It also brought back some memories of the old Junebug days.

And Fed By Doris.  Where do I begin?  This bizarre and amazing band was formed in 1998 and I joined them in 1999.  FBD was loved by all the Coffee House crew and at the risk of suffering delusions of grandeur, I’ll say that FBD was a huge part of the local music scene back then.  When Jer, the lead singer and chief songwriter, moved to Arizona in 2003, Fed By Doris called it quits.  I remember thinking at the farewell show on August 8, 2003 that I would never play these songs with these guys again.  We had “called it quits” a number of times, but Jer had exclaimed at that show, “This time it’s for real.”  Well, we actually did play on New Year’s Eve 2004 and then this past Friday. 

It was odd, because only a fraction of the crowd on Friday were survivors of the old FBD era.  And I guess, from what I’ve heard, the jokes coming from the stage were more for those who knew us in the past.  The song about thwarting an attempt on a televangelist’s life was lost on some.  But that was part of the beauty of FBD back in the old days too.  Audiences sometimes didn’t quite know what to do.  I guess we had a bit of an Andy Kaufman quality at times.  At any rate, we played a bunch of old favorites as well as two new songs that I had never heard.  My first hearing of these songs was when I played them onstage.  And actually, that was a blast from the past as well.  When I first played with FBD in July of 1999, the first two shows were pretty much me just learning the songs.  We also played a song from the “los hermanos muertos” days, and strangely, all of us remembered how to play it.  And…in typical FBD fashion, spawning some wistful memories, I found out about the FBD show by seeing the flyer posted at the Rooster.  (The entire FBD set can be viewed at FBD’s Myspace.)

And as if Friday wasn’t flashback enough, last night when we had some friends over for beers, Dustin got a call.  When he put his phone away he said, “Five Point Theory’s playing tonight.”  Five Point Theory is another band from the hey days of the Aberdeen music scene and they have been missed in recent years.  Their lineup changed over the years of their existence and I wondered who would be playing at this little reunion.  As it turns out, they all did.  It started with Joel, Mike, Randy, and Corey and as the show went on, Brian and Matt came in and out.  It was such a throwback to five years ago.  At the Last Chance, beer in hand, raising my glass to the Five Point boys.  When I left, it would have felt normal to just go upstairs to the old apartment above the bar in which I lived for five years.

I think it’s okay to get wistful sometimes, as long as you don’t become Uncle Rico.  I am convinced he can NOT throw a pigskin a quarter mile.  He’s living too much in ’82.  I love blasts from the past.  I don’t want to downplay the NOW days at all.  I’ve got things really good; I’m engaged, I have pets, I have a place to live, I play in a kickass band.  The now days are amazing.  And the old days were fun.  It’s nice to relive them sometimes.  And this weekend was sweet.

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