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July 10, 2005
an open letter

Dear bands who open for small big name acts in San Francisco,

Please, if you don't already have them, get drums.

I know, you see people like Tori Amos get by with just an amazing voice and a piano,
or Thom Yorke with a guitar and a wonderful sense of rhythm (among other things), and
think -- I can do that too! Get back to the basics, none of this modern stuff. Like
having some celtic singing style somehow mitigates the need for percussion! Let me
tell you, you're NOT pulling it off. There's a reason that the standard drum kit has
caught on. IT'S GOOD. USE IT. AND USE YOUR TOMS, TOO. Beating two peices of wood 
together, or worse yet random items found on the street, isn't cutting it! Really!

I don't know how these bands end up getting booked as opening acts. I guess the selling
point is that they don't have as much equipment to move or set up.

That is all.

BTW, Dungen was fuckin awesome, equipment failures and all. Wish I could see them again.

1 Comment:
Posted by Uncle Bob on Sun 24 Jul 2005 at 11:48 from 71.49.141.x
Send these beatless wonders on an African tour, let them come back with a better idea of what music is.

Drummers are not blameless, though, too many US drummers have Republican souls, making it hard for them to get along with many musical "artistes." Perhaps some world travel would help them, too.

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