Friday, April 29, 2005

Smell the Glove

I saw Styx at Cactus Canyon the other night. The real Styx, not a tribute band. Journey opened for them. Not the real Journey, a tribute band called Escape. Actually, they're only a part-time tribute band; they do their own stuff when they're not pretending to be Journey. And they're quite good.

But back to Styx. I'd always thought of Styx as sort of a wiener band. And by "wiener band" I mean the type that seems like they want to be real rockers, but are too slick and poppy and sappy to pull it off. REO Speedwagon is, in my opinion, the paradigmatic wiener band.

But being a wiener band isn't necessarily a bad thing. Or at least it doesn't mean they can't be entertaining. And they were huge back in the day with lots of stuff I'd heard lots of times on the radio, and now they're playing in places small enough for me to enjoy. So what the hell. Why not have a look.

And I'm pleased to say that they were well worth the time and the $25. Not a whole lot of bands can pull that off. They played well and with enthusiasm and interacted well with the crowd. They seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, as did pretty much everybody in the place.

But I'm sure you're wondering what any of this has to do with the title of this post. "Smell the Glove" is, of course, a Spinal Tap reference. There was something about the whole thing that made me think of them. And not at all in a bad way.

The one really disappointing thing about the evening was that they played only a snippet of Mr. Roboto in a medley of other stuff. Since I consider Mr. Roboto to be the dorkiest song of the 80s, I was really looking forward to hearing it live. But it was not to be.

Maybe next time.

Yes, I can see there being a next time.

I wonder what REO Speedwagon's up to these days?

Edited to add:

They said they were going to do a song off their new album-- "The Big Bang Theory"-- and them proceeded to play a kick-ass version of the Beatles' "I am the Walrus." I thought it was a joke. But I just looked at "The Big Bang Theory" on Amazon and there it is. Track 1. Along with a bunch of other titles I've seen before. I guess maybe Styx is turning into a cover band in their old age.

Edited again to add:

For photos of the event, visit Mark Hancock's Bolg. And for her always amusing take on things, check out what Miss New Orleans had to say about it.

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Blogger Laurie said...

Much more eloquent than my little Smirnoff influenced post. I am going to put a link to your article on my blog and I am going to add paradigmatic to my vocabulary.

Friday, April 29, 2005 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous oskar said...

Not a weiner band, a weinerless band.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005 8:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just glad you're out - doing things - would love to hear the band

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 3:08:00 PM  
Blogger Rob S. said...

A few years ago, my wife and I saw them play one of Glen Burtnik's Xmas Xtravaganzas in New York. Aside from my glee at hearing JY sing Tom Lehrer's A Christmas Carol, they reworked the lyrics to Blue Collar man to be about a down-on-his-luck guy who takes a job as a department store Santa. "I'm gonna be the red-suited man!"

Great fun.

Friday, May 06, 2005 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what REO Speedwagon's up to these days?

This links sez it all:

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:53:00 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Thanks for the REO info, anonymous. It doesn't look like they'll be getting within a thousand miles of here any time soon.

I hope it's not because they were offended by my calling them the paradigmatic wiener band.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 1:21:00 PM  

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