In his column titled, Take Thatkins, Bill Cope threw down a gauntlet not only to yours truly, but to anyone who has dared slap on a pair of giant JVC headphones or slip a bluetooth headset over one ear from the mid-1970s on.
Readers' comments on his, uh, piece, include "Sounds great, Bill," and one young reader wrote "I'm 27 yrs old, but still, I'm very familiar with at least 90% of Cope's list."
However there's also a "What? No Grateful Dead? You should be ashamed of yourself, Bill," and the above mentioned 27-year-old at least suggested Radiohead belonged on a list of great musicians (to which I wholeheartedly agree). But then someone wrote, "Tony Orlando and Dawn are the best," in all caps and with way too many exclamation points nearly rendering the whole thing null and void.
Yes, I'm working on my own list. I just have to be careful; if I pick the wrong couple of years and have to include Michael Bolton, no one will ever believe anything I write again.
And Cope, if you're so smart, maybe you can save the music industry...
This is what you need to know about Fu Manchu: if you listen to hard rock, you will like them; if you've ever contracted Blue Tile Fever, you will love them; if you've ever flown a Mongoose, you already know them.
The living gods of So Cal stoner rock are set to hit town (finally), on March 4. They've skirted through the region before, and fans have had to hit the road to see them, but now they'll be right downtown at the Bouquet.
Fu Manchu has been playing since 1990, and has put out some stellar records, including 1997s The Action is Go and 2002's California Crossing. The latest, 2007's We Must Obey, falls right in line with their consistent style of fuzzy guitar rock. Along the way they have offered versions of favorite songs such as Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" and Devo's "Freedom of Choice," which gives a pretty good idea of their influences.
The band is led by songwriter Scott Hill on vocals and guitar, Bob Balch on lead guitar, and Brad Davis on bass. Former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork played with the band from 1997 to 2002, and Scott Reeder has been with them since. The drummers changed, but the sound remains the same; a tight groove, heavy on the cowbell, with Hill's patented riffs providing a framework and letting Balch sear right through the middle.
The band hearkens back to the California lifestyle of the 1970s, with skateboarding, bicycle motocross, Op shirts, El Caminos and custom-van action leaving the greatest marks. It's a way of living that still pervades their sound.
Check them out: slip-on Vans optional.
Fu Manchu with ASG and Saviours, 8 p.m., $12. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.
As of April 1, The Bouquet, a bar and music venue at 1010 W. Main St., will be known as The Bucket.
Owner Erich Walton said the name change is in response to a few things. He said patrons who frequent the place refer to it as The Bucket and he's tired of fielding inquiries from people outside of the area who wonder if he's running a flower shop.
The moniker move also coincides with changes Walton is planning for the bar's live-music format and some upcoming renovations. Check BW in a couple of weeks for a more in-depth interview with Walton.
Maybe the Big Easy can follow suit. If the management at the troubled club could decide on a new name, too, that would be at least one less thing they'd have to worry about.