Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, June 9, 2006 8:29 pm

Friday night’s all right for writin’

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:29 pm

I'm sitting in my study, drinkin' a Stella Artois, playing Addams Family pinball and listening to great tunes. It's just like being out in a bar. Except for the out part. And the bar part. And having to get up every so often to start another load of laundry.

I don't have an iPod, but I do have Winamp set to shuffle through My Music. So here's a Friday Random 10:

  • Tina Goes to the Supermarket — Pressure Boys
  • Sloop John B — Beach Boys
  • Love Stinks — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper
  • Kid With the Butterfly Net — Graham Parker
  • Walking on Sunshine — Katrina & the Waves
  • Hit That — Offspring
  • Who Do You Love — George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • One More Night — Bob Dylan
  • Domino — Van Morrison

And the lagniappe: David Watts — Kinks

Fun fact: The yell that Addams Family lets out when you shoot a ball into the bear kick harmonizes precisely with the chorus of "Sloop John B." What are the odds?



  1. And Saturday night had a recipe for fightin’. I just got back from Downtown Live (?), and it may be a good thing that the Canes didn’t win, what with the near-full moon, the wide screen TV, the bands (including Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Cowboy Mouth, and Arrested Development), the ubiquitous Budweiser products in fancy new metallic “bottles,” the lack of recycling bins and the abundance of worthy targets…

    (It wasn’t a scary crowd, but they were unleashed en masse by eleven p.m. upon a construction zone and several neighborhood nightclubs…)

    Anyway, check the blotter tomorrow. Could be ugly. Or funny.

    It’s good to be home again.

    Comment by jane — Sunday, June 11, 2006 12:47 am @ 12:47 am

  2. Sounds like a fun time. Sorry I missed it.


    Glad you got home safe.

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, June 11, 2006 9:15 am @ 9:15 am

  3. Lex! You have The Pressure Boys in your mix?! How cool. I used to go see those guys at Fridays on Tate Street (w/ fake ID) & later in college (legally) at The Brewery in Raleigh. What a blast — a band ahead of their time, and worthier of fame than others who did hit it big, IMO. Fun, fun, fun music.

    But what’s with the Katrina & The Waves??? (smile)

    Comment by Dawn — Monday, June 12, 2006 5:41 pm @ 5:41 pm

  4. Dawn, my friend Tony Plutonium introduced me to the Boys in ’83 — I was living in New York, he came up to visit and go to a Bowie show, and he brought me a cassette of “Jump! Jump! Jump!” and I was hooked. When I moved back to N.C., I went to see them at first opportunity, and it was a religious experience. Tony then worked at, and later bought, Rhythm Alley in Chapel Hill, back when it was between Tijuana Fats and Mama Dip’s. God. Has it really been 20 years? (Checks watch.) Why, yes, it has ….

    Comment by Lex — Monday, June 12, 2006 6:58 pm @ 6:58 pm

  5. Also, re Katrina: I luvs me some crystalline pop-rock. It’s a weakness, I’ll admit, but there you are. Besides, “Walking on Sunshine” is about as irresistible as pop songs come. Also, I liked their cover of “Goin’ Down to Liverpool,” as well as “Mexico” (because even as inept a guitarist as I could pick up the part) and the bluesy song on the end of the album, “Cry to Me.”

    Comment by Lex — Monday, June 12, 2006 7:00 pm @ 7:00 pm

  6. I just had the weirdest College Hill Sundries flashback.

    And, yup…..20 years.

    Comment by LadyJ — Tuesday, June 13, 2006 10:15 pm @ 10:15 pm

  7. Jane – all Raleigh crowds are scary. Lady J gets into a fight EVERY time she goes to Raleigh.

    Dawn – ask Lex about interviewing X at the Brewery. We wuz once fab.

    Lex – I’m not sure Katrina and the Waves can be counted as “covering” Going Down to Liverpool since ‘Katrina’ wrote it.

    Lady J – 20 years and I still haven’t gotten the smell of beer, sweat and piss on the mornings after out of my nose.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:13 pm @ 11:13 pm

  8. TP: Good point. I think there was one cover on that album, but I don’t remember now what it was.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, June 15, 2006 4:51 pm @ 4:51 pm

  9. You have an Addam’s Family pinball machine in your house? WTF?!?!?!

    Why weren’t my parents that cool when I was your kid’s age?

    Comment by Joe Killian — Thursday, June 15, 2006 7:03 pm @ 7:03 pm

  10. Sadly, no. I have an Addams Family pinball machine emulator on my PC. It’s not quite like playing the real thing, but it was a TON more affordable (as in free). You can get emulators for almost every popular pinball machine made between the 1940s and the mid-1990s, but the only pinball games I cared enough about to download emulators for were Xenon (the first digital machine, I think) and Addams Family.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, June 15, 2006 8:05 pm @ 8:05 pm

  11. Oh, Jesus. I’m not going to download any of those. If I do I won’t sleep or get anything done…

    Comment by Joe Killian — Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:49 pm @ 10:49 pm

  12. X??? As in John Doe & Exene? Holy crap, how cool. I want to hear that story. What year was that? Must have been before my time, because that’s a show I wouldn’t have missed for anything.
    I didn’t start finding my way into music shows until ’81 or ’82. I did get to catch Violent Femmes, Pressure Boys, dB’s, Lets Active, X-Teens, Boys Life, Right Profile and Circle Jerks there. I was too late for REM at Fridays — first time I saw them was in ’83 at Baity’s Back Street.
    Best show I ever saw in the mid-80s? Jason & the Nashville Scorchers at Jokers on Spring Garden St. Those guys were on fire.
    It was a golden age for music around here.

    Comment by Dawn — Friday, June 16, 2006 5:18 pm @ 5:18 pm

  13. and DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom (and I realized after I commented above that it was The Pier, not the Brewery. When was that, Lex? 82? 83? I just remember spending most of the show about 5 feet in front of Billy Zoom’s monitor – awesome.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Saturday, June 17, 2006 12:02 am @ 12:02 am

  14. Must’ve been late ’81 or early ’82 because I remember I got them to record station IDs for WDAV.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, June 17, 2006 9:58 am @ 9:58 am

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