Our Band Could Be Your Life

Finished reading Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life today while taking care of Luli, our two year-old, who was illin’ with a stomach virus; lawyer-mom had to lawyer, and things at work have reached a state of chaotic equilibrium, so I took a sick day for the team. Since vomiting and diarrhea are conditions discussed in Azerrad’s book, I considered this an opportunity to get back to some aspects of the gritty life of a traveling semi-professional musician. However, Lu didn’t appreciate my spontaneous homage to Mudhoney when I let rip with a “touch me, I’m sick” after she puked on the porch. That kid has no sense of humor.

The book is definitely worth reading. The chapters on the Minutemen and Fugazi are the most inspirational; the ones on Beat Happening and Sonic Youth the least; the ones on the ‘Mats and Husker Du are just plain sad. The Mudhoney chapter is more about Sub Pop than it is about MH, but that actually works — indie labels (other than Ian Mackaye’s Dischord) take such a verbal beating that having  a chapter that actually gives a little perspective as to why indie label owners are a$$holes/crooks at least somewhat levels the field. It’s a tough and mostly thankless job.

Thought I’d post some vids here of songs/bands that the book made me revisit. Enjoy!

Fugazi – “The Waiting Room”

The Minutemen – Trailer for “We Jam Econo” (documentary about the MM); film is definitely worth seeing, but read the Azerrad book before you see it … really fills in the gaps, especially regarding their political beliefs/stances.

Black Flag – “Six Pack”

The Butthole Surfers – “Who Was in My Room Last Night”

The Replacements – “Bastards of Young” (the legendary first ‘mats video)

Big Black – “Bad Penny”

Husker Du – “She’s a Woman and Now He is a Man”

Husker Du – “Makes No Sense at All”

Mudhoney – “Touch Me I’m Sick”

Sonic Youth – “Expressway to Yr Skull”

Dinosaur Jr – “Forget the Swan”

Minor Threat – “In My Eyes”

Mission of Burma – “Academy Fight Song”


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on September 15, 2010, in Books, Great Rockers, History, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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