Record Night Returns
Record Night returned with a vengeance last Friday at a new venue and with an addtional medium, as five of us met in Wauwatosa, where – in addition to music – a half an hour of Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion DVD made it into the mix, along with a turntable that jumped the groove if one stepped in the wrong location of hardwood flooring. It was a minor hurdle to overcome in the name of Record Night.
The themes: Kevin’s was “Concerts I would have liked to have seen or that I would like to see again.” Paul’s was “Stuff I’ve purchased in the past three or four months.” JB, Pete and Frank had no theme and generally grabbed a selection from one of two boxes of LPs, though the miracle of wifi allowed us to tap into a few Youtube videos and mp3s. In this sense, it was our first 21st Century Record Night.
And away we go…
Paul Hall and Oates, Bad Habits & Infections
Pete Rickie Lee Jones, Weasel and the White Boys Cool
Kevin Sly and the Family Stone, A Simple Song
Paul The Shins, A Simple Song
Pete Cheap Trick, Ooh La La La
(JB was busy getting the record player moved, a more technical task than one would think).
Kevin Andy Gibb, Shadow Dancing
(Kevin’s first concert, 1978, Wisconsin State Fair)
Paul Badfinger, Without You
Frank Bad Company, Bad Company
(Interlude – white JB works on turntable, we watch Zeppelin’s DVD from their ’07 reunion concert. Fantastic! WAY better than I expected).
JB Honeydrippers, Good Rockin’ At Midnight
Pete Spinal Tap, Big Bottoms
Frank The Firm, Satisfaction Guaranteed
Paul XTC, Great Fire
Kevin KC and the Sunshine Band, Who do you Love
(his second concert, 1979, Wisconsin State Fair)
(JB remarks, “I have no theme!” It’s okay, man.)
JB OMD, Forever Live and Die
Frank The Kinks, Conservative
Pete Joe Walsh, The Confessor/Rosewood Bitters
Paul Big Country, Wonderland
JB Paul Westerberg, Silver Naked Ladies
(Frank departed at this juncture. Something about a job, kids, a life…blah, blah, blah).
Kevin X Cleavers, 18 (Unprotected)
(a band from Milwaukee!
JB Tin Lizzy, Romeo and the Lonely Girl
JB Ian McLagan, Mystifies Me
(in honor of the maestro who recently passed away)
Paul Harry Nilsson, One
Kevin ELO, Sweet is the Night
Pete Shooting Star, Last Chance
JB Neil Young/Stills, Long May You Run
Paul David Bowie, Diamond Dogs
Kevin Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Paul Beck, Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
Pete Macklemore, Thrift Shop Feat
JB Grateful Dead, Terrapin Station/Estimated Prophet
(The Dead - a first for record night! Kevin is still not sold on this band. Nor am I)
Paul Geddy Lee, My Favorite Headache
(Pete was forced to stay for one last song before exiting)
Kevin The Kinks, I took my Baby Home/Stop Your Sobbin’
(I still don’t get this band. Always sounds like an out-of-tune garage band to me).
JB Beck, Paper Tiger
Paul The Call, Let the Day Begin
(Another dead guy!)
At this point things are getting ugly, as Paul attempts to discredit The Who due to their meager output. Several beers have made their way into our systems, and it seems like it’s a race to the finish – i.e. sleep – at this point.
Kevin James Gang, The Bomber/Bolero
JB The Who, The Seeker
(JB attempts to discredit Paul's discrediting of The Who. Fairly successfully too, I might add.)
Paul REM, Gardening at Night/Finest Work Song
Kevin Bee Gees, Ordinary Lives
JB Faces, Cindy Incidentally
Paul Elton John, Honky Tonk Woman
Kevin Duran Duran, New Religion
JB Eddie Vedder, Hard Sun
Paul The Alarm, Deeside
Kevin Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome
John The Jayhawks, Straight Face Can’t Hide
And there you have it. It’s true, JB managed to finish the evening without having played a Replacements’ song, but only succeeded on a technicality, as Paul Westerberg made the list.
Next up? We shall see, but I’m leaning toward a secret theme that attendees have to guess throughout the evening.