Around the same time I had reconnected with a friend who had been seeing another friend of mine. We were talking on the phone and she told me that things had ended badly between them but she was seeing someone new. I asked who and she said it was no one I knew. When pressed she said 'He's kind of a thug...' I asked his name and she said 'Bobby.' 'Bobby [his last name]?' I asked. It turned out that the dude she was seeing was the same guy who had been with the skinheads who fucked me up in 1995.
Not too long after that, Black Eyes went up to NY to play a loft party. The poster for the show featured a naked warrior woman both astride and apparently fighting a giant penis/dragon creature. This was odd, but whatever. I had forgotten a lot of this but remembered it when BJ said he'd seen us play that show when he asked me for some stuff for this blog. This led me to reminiscing via gchat with BJ about the show and this brought about the last in this series of No-Gos and Black Eyes-connected revelations of identity. For the sake of accuracy I'll reprint it verbatim:
BJ: i'm glad people are stoked about it
6:08 PM i'd never even heard of the band
until i got that email
when he said black eyes people were in it
i figured i might be able to track something down
rachel was talking about how much she liked black eyes
i only ever saw you play at happy birthday hideout
6:09 PM there was once at north 6th too
me: whoah. that happy birthday hideout show was weird.
there was some band from texas there that had a baggie of coke with a straw stuck in it when i walked backstage looking for my hoodie
6:10 PM I can't remember who else, maybe one of the Measles Mumps Rubella guys had a similar experience and wryly remarked "i guess doing lines is for pussies"
BJ: which band was it?
6:11 PM i can't remember
although i do recall the attending the show
and doing lines is for pussies
which is why i've never done one
me: oh god. I can't remember their name. But somewhere I must have the poster with the naked warrior woman astride the penis dragon with the sword. that would have the band name on it...
6:12 PM BJ: i bet it does
and that would be a nice addition to the post
because i will be able to talk about being at that show
i just got this too:
"Tell Hugh 'Hi!' from me and Bernard and Ricki."
6:13 PM me: nice! say hi back for me
alas i don't think I really have the poster
there were shirts of that poster too
6:14 PM someone may have swiped it from my warehouse space while i was on tour if i had one or the other
along with my pop group records...
and my metamatics LP
i have those records
me: I've seen that
i knew sound was in it
BJ: jay reatard
6:15 PM was the one doing coke i bet
and being an asshole
me: oh he was in that?
that was his band
so it all makes sense now
BJ: and is a much cooler story
me: my boyfriend is gonna crack up
when he hears that
BJ: i'm cracking up about it now myself
BJ: i like that you are still shit talking that dude
7 years later
6:16 PM and you didn't even know he was a famous person
i've been shit talking Jay Reatard without the added advantage of saying it's Jay Reatard I'm talking about
6:17 PM now I have to find everyone I ever told that story to and update it.
you can just tell that story for my blog nowand link to it so everyone will know!
So that's how Pukekos unearthed all my memories about the secret identities of wrestlers and skinheads and Jay Reatard with a baggie of coke with a straw stuck in it.
On an unrelated note about Black Eyes: Jacob had a really big beard for a lot of the band's existence. People would yell things like 'Santa Claus!' and 'Osama Bin Laden!' at him on the street. In Miami someone asked if it was true that the singer from Lungfish was in our band. Also in Miami (and a couple of other places) people asked him 'Can I get a photo with your beard?' (not with Jacob, with his beard). People used to touch it all the time also. It was a very good beard. I think we threw it a birthday party when it was a year old.
Jacob and maybe his beard play in Mi Ami with Daniel.
Dan plays in Authorization here in DC.
Mike lives in Austin. I dunno what he's up to musically but he contributed the salt-flats photo here.
I'm in a new band called Cephalopods, currently with Wells (of Early Humans) on drums and Fiona (of Et At It, Horses, and some rad bands in the 90s including Meltdown) on guitar. We should be playing shows starting this fall.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also we're putting some old and unreleased stuff on our site as free downloads.
Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Black Eyes.
Some Boys b/w Shut Up I Never (Release The Bats)
2. Shut Up I Never
Black Eyes/Early Humans (Planaria)
"I fucking love Black Eyes" - Rachel, Aged 24