The Ramblings of a Gen Xer

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wheez's Top Ten Songs

Recently, I sent out a request to long-time friend, mod-squader, and Rock 'n' Roll historian, Wheezer Von Klaw asking him to list his favorite top-ten songs.

So this blog is dedicated to the brilliant mind of Wheazer Von Klaw (pictured in the middle) and his deep knowledge of Rock 'n' Roll, perversion and all things related.

Take it Wheez:

10. Terry Corin -"Twistin and Cryin"-I love songs where someone has a breakdown but just can't help doin the Twist anyways!!

9. The Milkshakes-"Tell Me Child" -Micky Hampshire, Billy, Bruce, and Big Russ Wilkins deliver a song that sounds perfect for 1965, not 1982.... They put out 14 lps in two years.. Proving that Rock n Roll should never lose it's urgency..

8. The Cookies-I wanna Boy for my Birthday".. Since the Beatles covered "Chains", then they also shoulda covered this and changed it to "Girls".. Sha la la la LA!!!!!

7. Screaming Lord Butch-"Time to Kill the Rolling Stones"- A song the Dictators should've written for their "Go Girl Crazy" lp, but with better production.. Written in a living room after seeing a commercial for The Steel Wheels tour.. Don Knotts lives!

6. Ricky Wilde-"Teen Wave" -Kim "Kids in America" Wilde's little brother, and the UK's answer to Donny Osmond proves that only being 11 years old doesn't mean that you can't top Bowie, T.Rex,and Gary Glitter in one fell swoop!!! Great fucking anthem!! Up there with Louie Louie and Surfin' Bird!! Bowie is WAY overrated anyways.. He also gave us the Mullet..

5. The Who-"It's not True." -Sneering Mod burner off the first lp where Daltrey confesses not to be "Half Chinese". And he didn't kill his Dad , either.. Good to know.

4. The Creeps-"The Whip" - Early 60's Monster Mash type song where a girl plays Hide n Seek in the woods.. Funny as hell! Sounds like Jello Biafra gone trick or treating.

3. Nora Guthrie-"Emily's Illness"--Arlo Guthrie's lil' Sister sings a creepy autobiographical tune about having a blood disease... Backwards vocals included)

2. The Damned- "Neat Neat Neat

1."Delicious"-Jim Backus --Thurston Howell "Magoos" his way through umpteen bottles of tipple in this hilarious cocktail opus!

Thanks Wheez!

Wheez Von Klaw is a former resident of Jamestown and Buffalo who is quite content being away from either city. A former drummer for the local rockers Irving Klaws and Screaming Lord Butch, Wheez finds time to draw amazing comics, watch 70's porn and live a happy life in Chapel Hill.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

DWhiskin' Octoberfest

October is Dick Whiskey's favorite month.

The fall is here and that means cooler temps and the band not sweating our asses off at stuffy gigs. It also means Halloween kickstarts the holiday season to which our band has fitting songs that include vampires, psychopaths and a mascara monster waiting at the end of the road. And, most importantly, the band can sip on seasonal beers like Sam Adam's pumpkin seed, butter-nut acorn and sage ale. This October proved to be extra special for the DWhisks for the band found themselves with two contrasting gigs.

The first of the gig was a benefit for the Food Bank of WNY. Being asked by The Pillagers frontman, Gary Zoldos, the DWhisks gladly played a set to benefit those in need. Have to give it up to Gary because he organizes these events and donates money and not cans of year-old applesauce or corn to the Food Bank.

After DJ personality The Bulldog (of WGR 550's Schopp & The Bulldog fame) introduced us, we played to Club Diablo crowd that got into our music and by set's end, with a whiskey soaked stage, was groovin' to the sounds of the DWhisks with smiles all 'round. Cherry-toppin' coolness was when The Bulldog on his way out, stopped, turned around back and told us how much he really liked the band.

It was a rock 'n' roll bar gig and DWhisks emerged with some new-found friends, a good whiskey buzz and knowing the gig went well. All Kumbaya feelings aside, I'm not going to go into sloppy details of our second "Heroin" set or Bob "Mystic Cowboy" Kupczyk forgetting he offered guitar lessons to a chick until he was reminded on Facebook.

The second gig in October was a private Halloween party held at the old St Francis de Sales Rectory on Buffalo East side. The latter fits into the scary part of the DWhisks Halloween ride.

Upon arrival the scene was besieged by gay men in superhero costumes with directions to come and play in the dining room. This did not phase me in the least, but I find it interesting heterosexual women tend to hang out with gay men and this place was crawling with them. Kudos! We setup, told the nicely shaped superhero DJ to kill her house dance music and began to play our first set to a crowd of curious onlookers.

By the fourth song, we had the house groovin' and shakin' their costumed butts to the sounds of the DWhisks. We even threw in some on the spot requests with the holy clang of the cow bell. The night was truly complete when the band adopted our official mascot, The Sperminator, who did his best to get people to come and dance.

The true superhero in all this was Bob "Pleather" Rich III for fighting through his viral concoction of fever, sniffles and nastiness to play a marathon set. His efforts were truly rewarded in that all the heterosexual females stayed on his side and he got a fair share of cat & bat women.

Overall a fantastic evening to had by both superheroes partygoers and the DWhisks. I wanted to give the band an opportunity to express their thoughts on the evening and let you know in their own words how much they enjoyed it.

Bob "Pleather" Rich III: "Sperminator X, great neighborhood, whiskey and Sudafed, Batgirl, houseparty, marathon sets (didn't have to pee all night!), cool venue, flyin' tambourine, chips salsa with the percussion section!"

Thom "T-Bone" LaChiusa: "The maid...need I say more?"

Bob "Mystic Cowboy" Kupczyk: "Whiskey, batgirl & the Batman theme song, beer, beer & more beer, A great place for a party! Rockin' at the Rectory."

A special thanks to Sal (pictured on right with Joey Ramone) and Tim for having us down there and we truly look forward to doing more gigs at the Rectory!