Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I guess I'm out of touch, I'm out of time...but I'm out of my head when you're not around

(bonus points if you know who sang that line, although I fear I mangled it a bit...)

I don't have kids, but I do know who Barenaked Ladies are and I like their music. However, I was surprised to read this online:

For Disney, it seems sex and rock 'n' roll are one thing—at least when it comes to their younger and fairer stable of talent. But when it comes to drugs, the Mouse House apparently draws the line.

Anticipating as much, the Barenaked Ladies have opted to bow out of the summer lineup for Disney's Music Block Party tour—a series of concerts geared toward families with kids—in the wake of singer-guitarist Steven Page's recent arrest on a cocaine charge.
OK...I guess the face of music is changing because I've heard some of Barenaked Ladies' songs, including "Alcohol" ("alcohol, my permanent accessory...") and I didn't really think they would be down with the Disney set. What do I know?

The only song of theirs I thought parents would be OK with was "If I Had A Million Dollars".

This makes me think of a concert experience I had in college. The movie "La Bamba" came out in the summer of '87 and Los Lobos did the Ritchie Valens covers on the soundtrack. Lots of kids loved "La Bamba", and Los Lobos happened to be touring that fall. They made a stop in Iowa City, and naturally I snapped up tickets. So did many parents whose kids saw and liked "La Bamba".

However, they had a surprise when they got to the concert itself. It was mainly the "fault" of the opening band, called Fishbone. Personally, I didn't have an issue with their music (other than their "No Fat Chicks" song), but they were pretty raw onstage. When one of them took out a plastic sports water bottle and impersonated a certain male organ with it, many mothers dragged their kids out of that auditorium while the kids were screaming for "La Bamba".

On the plus side, Fishbone did a killer rendition of the "Fat Albert" theme.

So take heart, Barenaked Ladies...I still believe in you. Just don't bring illegal substances in my house.