Gigs From Hell - The Night I was Dumped At The Landfill

There used to be a venue in North Melbourne that was near (actually right next to) the Sarno Road landfill.  It was called, rightly, The Landfill Saloon.

It was pretty popular with locals, especially with bikers, but for some reason…

Parrot-Head Parody

I've butchered the lyrics to quite a few songs over the years, even before there was a Weird Al Yankovich.  And as I had said in a previous post (see Hey Mr Dan Marino, from 18Nov2021), I plan to put…

I Wanna Be That Guy

Some bucket list buckets should remain empty, I guess.

When I was 7 years old, I wanted to be a "blimp driver".  True.  We lived right across the causeway from the mooring mast of the Goodyear Blimp. It was maybe…

Awkward Musical Combos

In 1985, I saw something I never would have believed could happen.  On the TV show Nightline, Frank Zappa and Donny Osmond were discussing a Music Content Labeling bill that was up for vote in Congress.  Strangely, they were both…

Turn it Down!

I really love what I do.  Playing music is, by far, the best "job" I've ever had.  No one so lucky should ever complain.  So please forgive me for my second consecutive whiney post.  Anyway, here goes:

Guitar players, especially…

Gigs From Hell - The French Disconnection

Any musician who's been out there long enough has horror stories of gigs that went wrong, and I'm no exception.

A few years ago, I got a call from a French-Canadian snowbird about playing a New Year's Eve party at…

Porpoise Parody - "Hey Mr Dan Marino"

UPDATE (09Jan2022): Incredibly, after I posted this writeup and parody song, Miami won 8 of their last 9 games of the 2021 NFL season.  Maybe it's time to write a song for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I love college football.  NFL…

The Worst Top 20 Of All Time

I've never really been in a successful band, though the first one, in high school, was by far the most fun. The fact is, I don't think I was ever meant to be in a band situation. It just seems…

Totally Tubular, Brah

What is it about vacuum tubes?  Why would so many of us pay so much for for gear that has electronics that are modeled after 1940s-era technology?  Though it seems odd and outdated, most guitar players will swear that tube…

Time-Life Music Collections Of the Future

We were watching one of those Saturday evening Time-Life audio collections on TV the other day (yes, I admit we do watch them sometimes) when they started playing tunes from lesser known bands like Mott The Hoople and Nazareth.  Though…

Pilsners and Venturis

Cars used to be pretty simple, and as far as I ever knew, beer was just beer.  Both have changed a lot over the years.

One night way back when, a friend (hey, Ken) and I had a few cold…