June 12, 2007

I'm Maggie. I'm a big girl now. I can eat real food. yummmm

7:39 AM
Getting up early is hard to do, but when your daughter is lying next to you grabbing your hair and saying "GOOGOO GAGA", well...it's time to get up.

When I was a junior in high school, the local arts cinema played a double feature consisting of the TALKING HEADS "Stop Making Sense" and the 2-STONE SKA documentary called "DANCE CRAZE". It was a monumental day in my life. Perhaps changing or paving the course of my future. I fell in love with SKA and all the bands like the SPECIALS, the ENGLISH BEAT, the SELECTER, and of course BAD MANNERS.

The next day, I went to our local record shop called STREETLIGHT and bought BAD MANNERS on cassette tape. The album was called "KLASS" and I listened to that thing non-stop for the next decade.

It's funny how fate weighs in as I ended up playing saxamaphone for this very band in 1991. My old band had opened for them on their US tour in 1990 and the singerBuster Bloodvessel became a huge(no pun intended) in my life. He taught me how to be a front man, how to be a performer, and how to handle adversity.

It's been over 10 years since I last saw him, but they are playing in San Francisco a week from Sunday @ the RED DEVIL LOUNGE(June 24th to be exact). And though it's sad to hear they're playing some bar instead of a proper venue that shows off the genius that is BAD MANNERS, I'm sure they will still give a performance that will last in my memory for years to come. It might be the last time they come to the US. Who knows? So I'll be sure not to miss it. Yes, I am hyping the show. Come on down and watch old men like myself reminisce about the past.
Mike Park