Nov 11, 2006
Spent the other night at a lesbian bar, but more on that another time.
Back to our short series of fun moments at rock shows. I think we are up to, yes, The Cramps:
They were playing at CBGB's one night as part of some anniversary celebration. Gotta tell you, nothing brings out the weirdos like a Cramps show at CBGB's. Lots of questionable fishnets and false eyelashes going down, if you know what I mean. The show was great! It was filmed by some independent company to distribute to video, but I've never run across it. A good time was had by all.
At one point during the show, I excused myself from my friends to go to the bar for some more liquid refreshment. I sidled (that's right!) up to the bar next to this mountain of a man. Big dude. Tattoos up and down his arms. Piercings all over his face. Angry look on his face. Wearing a hat that said "Homicide" on it. The wrong guy to mess with.
But I had my drink on, so I say "Hey...nice hat, dude."
He turns and looks down at me with that angry look and says "What did you just say?"
Still undeterred, I repeat myself "NICE HAT, DUDE!"
Then the Grinch transformed right in front of my face. He smiles and says "Thanks! Do you watch the show?"
Now I'm confused. What the hell is he asking? So I ask "What show?"
"Homicide: Life on the Street on NBC" he replies.
"Oh, um, yeah...I've seen it. Good show" I tell him.
"Thanks...we work hard on it" he says. He goes on to tell me that he does some kind of set production or something for the show and he is really proud of it.
Turns out to be the nicest guy in the world. Tells me stories about the cast and the guest stars. Robin Williams was on the pilot episode and he said he spent his entire time on set cracking jokes with the crew. I buy him a beer and we hang out for like a half hour.
When I finally go back to my friends, they tell me that they were watching the whole thing. They thought I was going to get my ass kicked by the biggest dude in the place...and they wanted no part of it. Thanks, guys!
Next: The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.