- In 8th grade, I talked my friends Brian and Chris into starting a band up called The Likeable Guys. I thought it was a suitably Modern Lovers-y, “I still love my parents and I still love the Old World”-type of name. I don’t think we ever even practiced anything, but I did make a poster and the art for our first album (I enlisted my sisters as illustrators because I thought that was pretty cool to have these really naive drawings of us on the cover) and for me that was the important part. The actual music was secondary.
- In high school, I was in a cover band called Sexual Tobacco, because Sexual Tobacco is more addictive than Sexual Chocolate. We played one show — our high school’s Battle of the Bands — where we came in second to a band named (ugh) Plane Grey that featured the future bassist of The Killers. They were totally grunge-tastic and majorly serious. They had really expensive gear and sounded all slick and whatnot. Real Team X-Bladz type of stuff. I sang. We played Urge Overkill’s “Sister Havana,” The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust,” Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” and maybe a Rush song because our drummer was way into Rush or something? I dunno. I didn’t sing that one. (I know, a drummer who’s into Rush. What will they think of next?)
- In my early 20’s I was in a band named The Asthmatics with my brother and some friends. We played originals and sounded sort of like a bunch of pop-punk guys playing They Might Be Giants songs. (We had an accordion and a baritone sax. REPRESENT.) I played rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals. We played around town for a couple of years, but ended up getting on each others nerves and I quit the band when it stopped being fun. We weren’t terrible. Another Killers connection because this dumb town has never produced any other bands of note*: the drummer, Ronnie, recorded our never-released album in his garage. So yeah, I’m pretty much famous.
That was it.
*Apparently, Panic! At the Disco was from here but I couldn’t tell you a single song by them, so yeah. Oh, and Slaughter was from Vegas, too, I guess? And 702, which — let’s admit it — “Where My Girls At?” is one of the best Destiny’s Child tracks of all time. OF ALL TIME!
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