Tuesday, June 20, 2006

75 Dollars, 2 Dogs and a 4 Year Old

The Atlanta Rollergirls bout that I attended was amazing. I couldn't believe how many people came out on a Sunday night to suburban Stone Mountain to watch the Apocalypstix beat the Toxic Shocks. There were at least 500 adults and children there. The announcers are funny, the skaters have great stage names, and the $10 ticket gets you live music too! Those Rollergirls are fearless, and they have tremendous physical endurance. There is a women's roller derby team forming now in Athens. I'll be at the next Atlanta match, on July 9, when the Apocalypstix take on the Denim Demons. GO STIX!!!

I've been thinking about tough women. Not just physically tough, but tough in spirit. Thalia Zedek is tough. Before she joined Live Skull, she briefly led a band called Uzi. They had a member who manipulated tapes (Phil Milstein), just like Mission of Burma. "Ha Ha Ha" comes from the 1986 Uzi EP, Sleep Asylum, which came out after the band broke up. It's a gloriously noisy song, and it's great to play LOUD. "I left my KEYS in my PANTS, yeah!"

Marcy was an Atlanta band from the mid-90's. "Charlotte" was the b-side of their 1994 single. The a-side, "Pilot", also appeared on their self-titled 1997 album. After Marcy disbanded, lead guitarist Calvin Florian played in the bands Sugarsmack and Dropsonic. Singer-guitarist Lisa Fletcher briefly played bass with the Silent Kids. Drummer Brian Fletcher (Lisa's husband or brother?) is now in the wonderful Atlanta band Luigi. Luigi's bassist was also in the Silent Kids. And the music goes round and round...

Yes, I know Marcy sounds like the Pixies. In 1994, EVERYTHING sounded like the Pixies. Weezer and Spoon sounded like the Pixies. The Toadies' hit song "Possum Kingdom" sounded like the Pixies. Yer man from DFA was in a band called Pony that sounded like the Pixies. Even the country music on the radio sounded like the Pixies in 1994. Get over it. Marcy, take us downtown.



At 6/21/2006 10:33 AM , Blogger Tessa said...

You know what would be funny? A family tree of Atlanta bands. Interested in working on one with me? Been throwing around the idea for a minute or two...

P.S. That roller derby post is still in the making. It'll be massive.

At 6/21/2006 10:54 AM , Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

last time i was at centerstage was for the pixies last tour in , hmmm, 1991?? wow. im old!

At 6/21/2006 2:02 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Yeah, the Center Stage is the Center Stage again! My first dates with my wife were there. Once we saw Iggy Pop with Jane's Addiction OPENING for him, when they were first touring nationwide to promote Nothing's Shocking. (Iggy was touring behind his metal album, Instinct.)

Tessa, I don't know how much I'd be able to help with an ATL family tree, but I'd love to try! Jeff Clark used to write great articles for Stomp & Stammer about "Whatever happened to" ATL bands and their members. You'd need someone like him or Danny Beard to go back more than a decade.

Were you thinking of starting with the bands that are currently together? There's enough of an "incest" factor there to make a family tree interesting.

At 9/13/2006 8:56 PM , Anonymous Brian said...

Lisa is my sister.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Did you rip mp3's from the single? I'd love to get a digital version of "Pilot" too. If you have a copy, please contact me through the Luigi web site.


At 3/18/2007 6:16 PM , Blogger Brenda Sue said...

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