Mag 15 2007, 21:17
I get a kick out of how often I'm reminded of bands I saw live years ago who show up on other people's charts here now. These are bands that I only knew from their small local performances and never thought they'd be showing up on people's charts here and with a decent-size following. Don Caballero
was one of the first bands like this that I stumbled across here. I saw them in New Orleans back in 1993 or so and ended up talking to a couple of the guys after the show. It was a small bar with a small audience. In fact, I was there to see another local band, but happened to enjoy DC's performance and later bought their For Respect
CD when I happened to stumble across it in some indie record store. I had no idea they'd become this well-known math rock band until I read up on them here.
Today, after checking out the charts of someone who visited my page, I was reminded of both Pain Teens
and Karma to Burn
. I'm pretty sure I bought Pain Teens Destroy Me, Lover
CD in 1992 or so after RU486 made it onto the local college station's regular rotation. I never saw them live and wasn't surprised that others knew about them, but it was still nice to see someone else listening to them. RU486 is on my faves playlist right now. I had ripped that particular song for a college memories mix I made a couple of years ago.
Karma to Burn was the real surprise for me, though, when I saw them on someone's charts. I saw them in Greensboro some time around late 1994. They played at the Turtle, a small local club run by some guys I sort of knew. Once again, I enjoyed the show, even though I was there to see someone else, and somehow ended up talking to Rich, the bassist. I think the band was staying with some guys who lived down the street from me at the time (at least one of whom was in the band Sans Sobriety
; I went to high school with him.). At some point I know Rich came down the street with us to my apartment (I don't remember who else came along) and we hung out and talked and tried to find a cure for the bad case of the hiccups he'd developed that night. A few years later, I saw a Karma to Burn CD in the store and picked it up, but never really listened to it. I liked them better as an instrumental band and this album had vocals. Maybe I'll have to pull it out again and give it a listen.