But the bill changed dramatically. First, Boss hurriedly replaced Flathead Mike. Then Boss drummer Kelly broke her wrist while snowboarding last week. Before Kelly's husband and Rock City Dropout drummer, Shawn Thacker (formerly of Truckadelic), could sit in for her, he severed his thumb. Doctors reattached it, but the Dropouts wisely decided to drop off the bill. So Greasepaint drummer (and new Star Bar co-owner) Dave Parker agreed to whack for the both of the ailing Thackers.
Thursday was also a bad day for Lust's newest drummer, Lamar George, who reportedly found himself in jail.His absence left Lust drummer-less facing an 18-day cross-country tour scheduled to begin less than 12 hours after its Star Bar performance.
But the show must go on. And while the musicians paced and fretted at the Star Bar, the Rotten Entrails -- envisioned by Evils drummer (and occasional Star Bar doorman) Mike Stopper as a "punk rock Spinal Tap" -- bounded on stage at 11 p.m. Many in the crowd moved closer as Entrails' singer Alex Wilson bellowed in an exaggerated British accent, "Fuck you, we don't need you."
Despite Stopper's instructions to the band to "play shitty," the Entrails emerged as an extremely tight musical unit, blistering through an energetic set of old-school punk while hurling good-natured insults at the crowd. Highlights of their rousing set were Wilson's hilarious reading of the band's "new hit single," "Radioactive Bunnyhead," and a set-closing cover of Talking Heads' "Wild, Wild Life."
Boss bravely took the stage at midnight with drummer Kelly, arm encased in a cast, standing stage right to sing backup vocals while Dave Parker pounded the drum kit behind her. Boss has emerged from the ashes of the cool and silly Pinkeye to become a gimmick-free, professionally mature trio. The cutesy costumes are gone, replaced by street clothes and a collection of strong, infectiously memorable tunes.
Lust have never been accused of being mature -- but that's part of their charm. The night's theme was "Beaver Hunt." And with keyboardist Jett Bryant dressed as Hustler's Larry Flynt with a magazine as a prop, you can imagine the level of humor involved. The end result was a wonderfully ragged performance fronted by bassist Barb Smith with the Entrails' Stopper subbing for the group's incarcerated drummer.
Guitarist Susanne Gibboney glibly asked for volunteers to fill in as drummer for their rapidly approaching tour.
Stopper, dressed in a Davy Crockett hat and flannel shirt, emerged from his drum kit with a toy rifle to "shoot" Larry Flynt. As Stopper dragged the injured keyboardist off stage, former Lust drummer Shane Morton (currently of Gargantua) sat in. Soon Stopper emerged from backstage racing through the club pushing Flynt, who was wearing a flag for a diaper and shooting Polaroid photos of the crowd -- in a wheelchair.
The Lusty ladies, sporting matching low-cut "beaver" costumes, ended the wild night with loin-rattling covers of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" and the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get." Busted arms, busted drummers, busted bands and amply busted women. Yep, another typical night at the Star Bar.
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.
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