Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, December 21, 2007 8:25 am

Nostalgia sublime: The Right Profile

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:25 am

The death of David Enloe has me reminiscing a bit over the music I enjoyed in college and the years immediately afterward. One band I liked even more than Enloe’s Fabulous Knobs and The Woods was The Right Profile. They got signed by Arista but never released an album for the label. The band’s keyboard player, Stephen J. Dubner, went on to become a New York Times writer and, later, co-author with Steven D. Levitt of the bestseller “Freakonomics.” Its guitarist, Jeffrey Dean Foster, has remained in the music biz although nowadays he earns a living primarily by painting houses, apparently.

Somewhere at home I have a copy of a demo cassette they gave me a long time ago. On one song on it, “Infatuation,” Dubner sang lead. On another, perhaps my favorite, “God’s Little Acre,” Foster sang lead. And here’s another favorite, “‘Til the Sky Turns Black,” which, if I remember right, was supposed to appear on the soundtrack of a film called “Blue Ridge.” It doesn’t look like the film ever got made.

UPDATE: Oops. I meant to credit the Dalai Mama for the song links. Sorry about that.


  1. OK, if you’re going to copy my post, you could at least give me some credit for stirring up some of the memories ;>

    Who would have thought that Dubner would end up writing a bestselling econ book?

    Comment by liz — Friday, December 21, 2007 11:20 am @ 11:20 am

  2. You’re right. I meant to, and I forgot. You’re credited now. I apologize.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, December 21, 2007 1:07 pm @ 1:07 pm

  3. I was just giving you trouble!!! You know, it’s pretty cool that we still know each other 25 years later.

    Comment by liz — Friday, December 21, 2007 1:36 pm @ 1:36 pm

  4. It is in fact. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Lex — Friday, December 21, 2007 4:34 pm @ 4:34 pm

  5. The Right Profile! I think they were the first rock n roll band I ever saw with a smokin accordian. I have that demo tape you’re talking about — in fact, I think it might be out in my car right now! (yes my car has a tape player & no cd player, what of it?!)
    I’m with you on ‘God’s Little Acre’. That was always my favorite of their songs.

    On the other side of my copy of that tape is the demo tape for my buddy Dave’s band Not The Numbers, another Boone Music Archive band. In fact, the only time I ever saw The Right Profile live, the warm-up band was Not The Numbers, playing someplace in Winston. Sadly, time has faded my memory of the name of that bar.

    And did you hear? The Pressure Boys are doing a reunion show on May 2 at Cat’s Cradle! Got my tix already — no way am I missing that show.

    Thanks for the Friday evening time-travel, Lex. Have a great Christmas.

    Comment by Dawn — Friday, December 21, 2007 5:17 pm @ 5:17 pm

  6. Lex, meant to tell you about the P-Boys show – it’s a benefit for a Cystic Fibrosis charity as unfortunately John Plymale’s little girl has the disease. There were rumors in Dave Menconi’s blog at the N&O that there might be a May 3 show as well – I’m assuming that’ll depend on how well tickets sell for the May 2 show (which happens to be JennySlash’s birthday, so yay! for that!).

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Monday, December 24, 2007 10:55 am @ 10:55 am

  7. Sadly unfamiliar with their work, but I’m assuming they’re one of a vanishingly small number of bands who took their name from a Clash song-title. Now . . . can we think of any others?

    Comment by Nick — Thursday, January 3, 2008 4:43 pm @ 4:43 pm

  8. Hello…Don’t mean to but in but I was the drummer for Not The Numbers and still have a great copy of the Right Profile Demo tape. I still play it often. My favorite will always be “Shacktown Road” for personal reasons. NTN just played a reunion show up in Blowing Rock with Discord, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Square Red White, GanGrene, Crackity Split Gang, No Reason Why and Psychoacoustics R&D. I don’t know if y’all had a chance to catch the show but it was a blast. It was the first time Dave, William and I had played together in 20+ years….Sorry for the interuption.


    Comment by JBJr. — Friday, January 4, 2008 2:52 pm @ 2:52 pm

  9. John: Welcome. If memory serves, I saw y’all open for the Right Profile once, although I have no idea now when or where.

    Drop by anytime.

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, January 6, 2008 2:21 pm @ 2:21 pm

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