Thursday, June 15, 2006

Do You Know the Way to What the F***?

Seeing Spot brings back soooo many memories of our yutes...

Late night, high speed drives on Mulholland Drive , Tallulah and I singing our duet of "Pencil Penis" with gusto as we teetered at the edge of the San Fernando Valley.

Pulling up next to Davy Jones in his limo, and going apes**t when he rolled down his window and yelled over "Hey girls!" in his cute little Monkee accent. Meanwhile Tallulah's poseur rock star boyfriend in the back seat tried to squeeze his head through my passenger side window to say "Hey Davy, remember me? I was in your video!" Davy didn't remember.

Driving John Entwistle back to his hotel. Need I say more?

Forcing Tallulah to drive me all the way across the Valley from Van Nuys to Reseda (which she considered to be the end of the Earth at the time) so I could get my lucky black bolero hat before we went out clubbing for the evening.

More than anything though, Spot will always remind me of Slack. And the time when we went in Search of Slack. Two buddies on a road trip adventure from L.A. to Santa Cruz and back again.

This trip would also be the origin of "Pop-top vans are old." It was a little discussion Tallulah and I had through sleep-deprived hazes on a Greyhound bus on our way back from Santa Cruz. Yes, I said bus...as we had to take public transportation back home, when Spot was grounded by a wounded crankshaft in the lovely burg of Los Banos. With tears in our eyes, we left Spot behind and continued on our quest.

Sometime, we'll have to tell the whole tale...

One thing I will say here: Thank you Lyfie! Because you saved us that weekend. You rock!!

23 Comments:

Anonymous L.R. said...

LOS BANOS!!!!!!!

The name will forever bring back the memories...

I still have the Bigger than Breakfast album and may burn it to CD one of these years...

Now I be gettin all nostalgic. *snif*

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Tallulah Kazu said...

Oh If I could get a copy of a burnt breakfast (bigger than of course) that would be so wonderful! It was because of Slack that I got so excited over Sam I Am.

I'm craving Tater Tots and Brain Toast right now.

Ahhh the "good" old days.

Wonder what ever happened to Slack?

Lyfee, you were a saint and very good to the Parcos.

Remember the sign you made?

Parco, do you think it's time for the PodCast?

Big hugs to you both.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Taloooo said...

Oh and one last thing, I recently found my copy of Bigger than Breakfast. IT's in the pile of records that are suitable for my hall of fame wall by the stairs.

PS: Spot in clean condition is worth 18 grand...who'd a thunk.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I recorded Bigger Than Breakfast at my studio in Burbank. I've since moved back to Portland, and the producer (Randall) moved here as well...about six months ago. I just saw him last night, and we talked about looking up the boys in the band. I know Sam is around town, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the guys are as well. Maybe I'll drop by here and post the highlights of the reunion...if we manage to pull one off!

Cheers -
Steve Sharp
mediaPDX.com

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Tallulah said...

Holy Cow! Hi Steve..., wasn't that studio near Circus Liquor or Leon's Steak House (both having equally wonderful neon signage). I was very sad when Leons closed down, but I digress. Should you manage to pull off a reunion, we'd love to read the highlights, we hope they are all well...what a hoot! Both Yaye and I find it very amusing that you found this blog post.

Drop by the blog anytime.

Take good care,

Tallulah

7:25 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

wasn't that studio near Circus Liquor or Leon's Steak House (both having equally wonderful neon signage).

Great signs indeed, but they were both in NoHo. My place (Juniper) was (and in fact still is) in Burbank near Victory and Alameda.

Should you manage to pull off a reunion, we'd love to read the highlights...

Absolutely. I'll post a photo so you can compare it to the one on the back of the album!

By the way, I'm in the process of digitizing the BTB master tapes (before they turn to dust). A CD may be in the works, but don't quote me. ;-)

Both Yaye and I find it very amusing that you found this blog post.

I think I got here through a search for "Bigger Than Breakfast". Ain't the intrawebs fun?

Cheers -
Steve

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Tallulah said...

Hi Steve...

Victory and Alameda... Ah HA! Know exactly where you were or still are or what have you.

Please keep us posted on the could or might be CD project. I would love to share the music with my son, he'd dig it. Wonder how it translates now...I bet pretty well. They were all such great players.

I've repeatedly told my son, Tater Tots now, Brain Toast only in college (which will be next year). Not sure if that adage has worked.

Them internet webs are a flippin' awesome time.

Best to you and the boys when you find em.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Drop me a line at mediapdx.com for possible news.

thx...Steve

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you put out a CD of Bigger Than Breakfast, make sure to put the playlist in proper order as noted on the back of the sleeve.

Thanks.

Frederick.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

As opposed to....?

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As opposed to the actual order of the songs on the record.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Tallulah said...

Wow, now there's a Slacker that knows some trivia. Yaye???Do you know what anonymous is talking about? Are the listings of songs on the record out of order? I never noticed but then again - between mass quantities of tater tots and brain toast back then I would have never noticed. Not that I ever did anything unhealthy or illegal back then...never ever. I was and always will be a good grill I mean girl.

It's been so long since I've heard that album. Wonder if it would still induce mass dancing.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The epitome of The Slacker has always maintained that the proper order of the record's playlist is described point by point in the paragraph on the back of the record. The first song mentioned in the paragraph ought to have been the first song on the record. Likewise throughout.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Tallulah said...

Your point is well taken. Pehaps the liner note muse summoned to create the phun phar-out phunky paragraphs merely did not think so linear.

If this were to ever be re-released on CD, however, I think changing the back to reflect that kind of linear approach would actually lose some of it's charm. Then again what do I know.

I do hope this gets re-released I am curious to hear how it sounds 20 years later. Sam I AM still sounds great...I bet Slack will.

Yaye...if it gets re-released how bout you dust off Purple Billy and I'll bring the screw top Chablis in gallon jug. Only the Chablis will be more of a bottle of Lois Jadot Beaujolais with some cheese and olives. I'll even make some home made baguetes...who knows by that time, I may even make the cheese. (I've got a line on goats these days)

9:34 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

The first song mentioned in the paragraph ought to have been the first song on the record.

Oh, OK. Now I understand what you were referring to. No worries...the CD has the songs in the same order as the track list printed on the back cover (and the LP). As far as the liner notes are concerned, Randall just took the songs out of order so his descriptions would flow a little better.

Anyway... tinyurl.com/67h6d6

Enjoy!
Steve

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yowzah!

Thankee, Steve!

Y'know, sometimes I even wonder if I were Slack or not.

You ever heard of "Deep Like Space?"

12:40 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thankee, Steve!

You're welcome, Brian. ;-)


You ever heard of "Deep Like Space?"

Yup. Got the T shirt, even.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!

Does it have the cover art on it? Do you venture out in public with it?

I'm starting to look like the guy in the middle.

I'd love a Bigger Than Breakfast T shirt, though.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

The DLS T shirt just has the photo of Sam from the back cover, so no problems wearing it in public. :-)

Not sure there ever was a shirt issued for BTB, although that would rock!

BTB CDs are now available via the above link.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Tallulah said...

Who knew that this post from almost 3 years ago would actually spark conversation from the future. I'm glad to see that you all have worked out the kinks on the linear note issue. I listened to the streaming stuff the other day. My god it still rocks! And I do remember BTB t-shirts it had the toaster on it-I remember it being sold at BeBop Records in CA. I couldn't afford one at the time, but I knew a girl who bought one - she could always afford stuff. But I digress.

Thanks for uploading the streaming slack, I'll be purchasing the CD for sure.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

And I do remember BTB t-shirts it had the toaster on it

OMG...you're right! I totally forgot about that shirt. I have one of those as well, but it's stored away with all the other ephemera from that era.

Enjoy the CD! :-)

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louie, Louie! still rocks!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Check it:

http://dadastic.blogspot.com/

I recorded the Fib's album as well, if you want to hear something REALLY different!

Cheers -
Steve
MediaPDX

6:36 PM  

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