Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Early (And On Balance Rather Disturbing) Clue to the New Direction

Attentive or charmingly tolerant readers are aware that I have toiled since time immemorial for a garage band called The Weasels (although -- as you will soon see -- the perhaps more accurate phrase would be basement band).

In any case, here's the recently rediscovered official video for one of our greatest songs -- the authoritatively rocking "Sweet Geraldine," from our 1976 masterwork Endless Bummer.

A few details, for those who care.

1. Given that the audio on the film soundtrack has been somewhat ravaged by time, I have -- quite thoughtfully -- included a high quality genuine stereo mp3 of the song directly from the album master, and it shouldn't be too hard to turn the volume down on the YouTube and sync the thing when you watch. On the other hand, it's an awful lot of work for a fairly feeble payoff, but the point is you're on your own.

2. Glenn Leeds -- the Weasels' multi-instrumentalist genius (who wrote and sang the song) -- is seen in the video doing his dead-on accurate impressions of the other guys in the band. His performance as me -- with the velvet jacket and the eye makeup -- is particularly good, and it's clear that Glenn deserves his nom de cinema as "The Man of 1000 Faces (All of Them The Same)."

3. The mystery guest star Glenn is revealed to be singing the song to is the Weasels' (for want of a better word) mascot and living legend Roy Kalish. It's a long story.

In any case, enjoy.

And a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who gleans the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.