Atom suggested I post this and after thinking about it, I thought it was a pretty good idea! Thanks Atom!
Rewind back to 1991. I was booking all-ages shows at JC Dobbs and started asking bands from DC to come and play the shows. Not only would it help draw more folks to see our local bands play thus hopefully building more of a community, but my friends and I would get to see some of the bands we were completely in love with. A win-win situation.
(On a side note, it still cracks me up that when I booked Jawbox I thought their guarantee of $150 was outrageous.)
Anywhoo, one of the bands we were very interested in booking was Superchunk. Their No Pocky For Kitty album had recently come out and while side 2 was kind of a boner, side 1 was freakin’ awesome.
Not knowing how to get in contact with them, we reached out to the kind women at Simple Machines Records who had assisted us in producing 7″s. Kristin Thompson and Jenny Toomey of Simple Machines played in a band called Tsunami. Greg, Roy and I tried to sneak into a show they had recently played at the Khyber Pass which was a (GASP!) over 21 show. However, being only 17/18 years old, were denied entry. Roy got into a comical shouting match with one of the door guys, but that’s a story for another time.
Nonetheless, since we didn’t get to see Tsunami we decided to add them to the list of bands from the DC area that we would love to have play in Philadelphia.
Again, because this was pre-internet/email, booking a band would usually require some work and persistence. One would have to make a long-distance phone call from their parents land-line phone and (since people weren’t tied to their phones) leave a message. Hopefully, a member of the band would call you back and you’d try and lock something in. In Tsunami’s case, Greg and I decided that we would leave a series of messages on their answering machine, each more hilarious than the other. This would then impress the women of Tsunami into calling us back immediately to book, what they would only be able to assume would be, one of the most awesome shows they might ever play.
Tsunami never did play one of our all ages shows.
They did however call us one evening asking if they could use our recorded messages on their answering machine as a hidden track on their upcoming album, Deep End.
Here’s those messages.
P.S. – Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thompson should be given punk rock awards for providing so much information to young punk kids the world over. Their patience and kindness? Out of this world.