Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sweet lawdy mama, this clip above is a shining example of the wonders of the interwebs; Youtube, specifically. And if you understand that broken-English sentence, then you may understand where I'm coming from. Regardless of the internet, that performance above happened; but now we can all enjoy it in the year 2012 and beyond. It's the mighty BONGWATER - an outfit who were near top of the pile for moi ca. 1990-'93 - performing on jazz fuzak practitioner David Sanborn's Night Music program in, what, 1988? 1989? 1990?? I don't know the date, I'm just taking a vaguely educated stab in the dark (using such judgment tools as the material played, clothes worn and the size of Sanborn's bouffant). Sanborn has released a bunch of terrible music in his lifetime, but I'll give him credit for hosting (and I assume curating, in some sense) what must've been a pretty cool show back in the day; I've seen a clip of The Feelies playing on the program, too, and I'm assuming that's just the tip of the iceberg. Anyway! Interestingly, in this clip, firstly you'll see the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir interviewed by The Bouffant, before the audience gets thrown to a wild live performance by da 'Water live in the studio, with none other than Screamin' Jay Hawkins singing - and a Roky Erickson cover at that. Are you still with me here? Good. Thought your mind might've been SO BLOWN AWAY by all these factoids that you'd passed out. And just to add several extra levels of strangeness, Weir himself, and his Hootie & The Blowfish/Dave Matthews Band lookalike backing band, accompany Kramer & co. in their performance... and why did I just explain all of this to you?! You can just watch the clip, and I'm expecting you will, unless you happen to think that Bongwater and all those other nyuk-nyuk bong-jam hippie bands Kramer had a hand in producing or playing with (Shockabilly, B.A.L.L., Dogbowl, etc.) were a giant bowl of stinkin' shinola and that his Shimmy-Disc label represented the biggest load of artistic indulgence from a record company owner this side of SST's past two decades of releases... and if you do, THEN DON'T WATCH IT. You know my feeling on the Kramer/Shimmy-Disc legacy, surely? Maybe try here or here or here. On with the show!

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