Goin’ on a holiday

Nineteen years ago today, as Yo La Tengo and Run On make our way west across the U.S., Rick Brown and Sue Garner celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary–which if memory serves is traditionally the fabric softener anniversary–at Sudsy Malone’s in Cincinnati.   (Coincidentally, we’d be playing in nearby Newport, Kentucky on Georgia and my anniversary just a few years later.)  Across the street from Sudsy’s was Bogart’s, where we played with Superchunk in 1993, which I mention because that’s the lineup at the El Rey in Los Angeles in 1998, at a party to launch Mr. Show’s fourth season.  The two bands merge, as it were, for Peter Frampton’s “Show Me the Way,” the chorus rewritten as “I want you Mr. Show me the way/ Bob and Dave/ I want you . . . now on Monday.”  There would be no fifth season, so the sound mix must’ve been subpar.  (The day before we recorded the theme from The Simpsons, as heard in the closing credits of “D’oh-in’ in the Wind”–during the session Dan Castellaneta very graciously phoned one of my brothers as Homer to wish him a happy birthday.)