2/19/09

hey man, play some Crass


I've now DJed for four Effed Up Punk Nites at the Engine Room, one a month since November. No scratching, no mixing - I don't even own my gear. I just show up with a couple hundred cds and Truewill shows me which knobs to turn and which switches to throw.

So far, everyone who turns up seems to have a good time. And part of their fun is making requests - if I have it, I'll play it. I've noticed, though, that there are certain types of people who just have to make their voice heard. For example:

- The Honest-To-God Fan: This guy or gal is just stoked to have someone DJing the ska, punk, or oi they love instead of yet another block of new wave or electroclash or industrial. They might ask for someone obscure, but more often it's a great B-side, sing-along track. Garageland by the Clash, for example, or Myage by the Descendants. When I play something they dig, requested or not, they're apt to jump up on the platform with me to slap me on the back or throw an arm over my shoulder and sing a line or two, and they're quick with a "thank you!" and a thumbs up.

- The Show Off: Wants to hear that tune some local-to-Gainesville three piece thrash band recorded in 1984 and released on 100 copies of a single-pressing vinyl 7". What, I don't have that track? What am I doing DJing? This type might even bad mouth my collection on a messageboard the next day. Luckily, the Show Off is almost always universally known as a douche, so no one cares what he has to say about shit.

- The Know Nothing: He'll come up and request The Misfits two minutes after I play "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight." He's aware of maybe a half dozen of the better known punk and third wave ska bands, but not what they actually sound like. He wants to seem with-in and in on what's going down, but it's obvious that he's just checking off a mental list that starts with the Sex Pistols and ends with Less Than Jake or - worst of all - Rancid and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Less annoying than the Show Off, but still funny to me.

So, are you going to make it to the next Effed Up Punk Nite?

11 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Um...there was a time that I was a pretty big fan of the Bosstones. Oops.

I probably fit somewhere between the "Honest-To-God Fan" and the the "Know Nothing". I like what I like and I never tried to have an all-encompassing knowledge of it all. I've never been a "Show Off".

Wish I could make it. Always sounds like fun.

downtown guy said...

Don't get me wrong, the Bosstones have had a good song or two. But when that is one of three bands you know in the punk, ska, and oi spectrum, why would you even attempt to make requests? Drink beer, enjoy the music, let me handle the tunes, you know?

Ms. Moon said...

All I can say is DAMN! you wrote a post! Yippie!

downtown guy said...

Yeah, a little one.

honeyluna said...

Hah! I didn't even see that you had a post up.
I'm pretty sure that if I fit into one of these categories it would be the know-nothing. But at least I don't really pretend to know anything. I've got that going for me!

downtown guy said...

Yeah, it's just when folks know nothing and request shit right after I played it that I have to laugh at them some.

Magnum said...

Do you play ColdPlay?

downtown guy said...

Magnum, I'm gonna assume you're joking.

EDP said...

"Luckily, the Show Off is almost always universally known as a douche, so no one cares what he has to say about shit."

Bwahahahaha!

But you might want to look into some Coldplay.

Magnum said...

joking? bells are ringin', la la la la laaaa, something da da da da da da daaa...
LOVE IT!
I guess I'm the show off with my stellar and deep knowledge of the punk underground.

Magnum said...

joking? bells are ringin', la la la la laaaa, something da da da da da da daaa...
LOVE IT!
I guess I'm the show off with my stellar and deep knowledge of the punk underground.