I'm taking a couple of weeks off from The Back Row Manifesto to go and get myself married.
Back in two weeks.
Before I go, I thought I would leave you with a something personal to peruse in my absence.
Portrait Of The Blogger As A Young Man: The Musical
5. Dissonance (Promo)/ Ben Hamper and Michael Moore Promo for Take No Prisoners
This was rock and roll in Flint, Michigan in the 1980's and early 90's. Take No Prisoners (do yourself a favor and follow that link for hours of Flint-y goodness) was a Saturday night radio show on WFBE (which stands for Flint Board of Education) hosted by Ben Hamper that featured punk rock, classic garage and metal music. It was all I listened to on the radio for most of my teenage years (except when I could get Brave New Waves from Canada), and it finally became a public access TV show in the late 80's. Wyatt Earp Records (R.I.P. Doug Earp) was the epicenter of the music buying scene, and I think I spent every penny I earned between the ages of 12-18 at the store. Dissonance was the best hardcore band in the city. I saw them a few times and I know I still have their cassettes around. Flint REPRESENT!
4. Hüsker Dü, Could You Be The One?
The hit that changed punk rock. One of my favorite bands.
3. Minor Threat, Live, 1983
Rock and Roll as democracy in action. The fiercest. What ever happened to kids? Sigh.
2. R.E.M., Wolves, Lower x2: Album and Demo versions
Chronic Town changed my twelve year-old life and was the bridge for me between what I was listening to as a kid and post-punk American and English music, heading finally into punk rock. It was all in the air, swirling together at the time, and never one to fit into a scene, I enjoyed it all.
1. My Bloody Valentine, I Only Said (Live).
Saw them only once. Detroit, on this tour. Best show ever.