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The Spoonman

When I was living in Seattle, my band mates and I decided to go out one night and see the Spoonman perform at the Showbox.  You know, the guy made famous by the Soundgarden tune.  I have no idea what possessed me to go along with this.  I hated that guy.  I mean here I was workin my butt off tryin to play all the clubs and get a record deal and some bum (he was a street musician) gets big playin the freakin spoons!  But I went along anyway.

The Showbox was one of the premier clubs in Seattle at the time and the place was packed!  There was one or two opening acts and then the Spoonman came out.  Everybody went nuts for this guy and then the place got deathly quiet.  You see, beatin two spoons together doesn’t really make a lot of noise, so you have to be quiet to hear it.  I wouldn’t say that I heckled the Spoonman, but I also didn’t really go along with the whole being quiet thing.  One girl in particular took offense to my behavior and actually moved to the other side of the room.  I was in one of those moods that night so I followed her over there and continued to talk… at an elevated volume.  She was not amused.

Finally the bum finished beating the spoons together and it was time to get the hell out of there.  On the way out, somehow I ended up right behind my new “friend”.  So I tapped her on the shoulder and asked her, in the most friendly voice, “Did you enjoy the show?”  She turned around so excited to tell someone how great it was only to see my smiling face.  I’ve never seen a person go from such excitement to such disappointment so quickly.

Thankfully the Spoonman has gone away now, probably back to the alley, but at least he gave me a great memory and a good story to tell.  Got any good concert stories to share?  Leave me a comment!  I’d love to hear em!

Brian

A Few Of My Favorite Places

It’s hard to believe how much a city can change in 10 years, but from the time that I lived in Seattle (’93-’99) till now; it’s a completely different city…especially the club scene.

Gone are most of the “original” clubs that hosted such acts as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney (long before they were popular).  Some buildings lay vacant while others have been turned in to something entirely different, like a quilt shop.

I was fortunate enough to have been able to play on the same stage as most of the original grunge bands that put Seattle on the music map.  A couple of my personal favs were the Off Ramp Cafe, and the Crocodile Cafe.  You may notice the word Cafe in there, see, the cool thing about these rock clubs is that they also had some killer food! (and usually till 3am).

The Croc (as we called it) was great for it’s sound quality and really just a fun place to be even if you weren’t there to see a band.  My bandmates and I often just went there to hang out and be a part of the scene.  One local music writer called it “the living room of the Seattle music scene”.

The Off Ramp was a classic Seattle club.  It’s been described as, “a little dirty, a little nasty, and a whole lotta fun”.  A total hole-in-the-wall club that saw the birth (and death) of many Seattle bands.

Both these places will always have special memories for me.  As I reflect on the time I spent there, I can still smell the food, taste the drink, and my ears still ring from the rockin sounds that came from all the great bands that played there.

Brian