May 23, 2003

Hot Layne-Welch-Whalen Acti...

Hot Layne-Welch-Whalen Action, in a Gilroy Park! It seems utterly wrong that three jackasses could buy a case of cheap beer, sit in a park, write some song on the spot (actually, there were two others in that session), sing it into a battery-powered ghetto blaster, and then have it show up on the World Wide Internet 10 years later ... but that's nanotechnology for you!

This is far and away the lowest-fi offering on the new Layne record, FYI. What would be really peaches would be to find the tape of later that afternoon/evening, when we staggered into a cowboy karaoke bar, three very drunk and wrong-looking humans (Whalen probably had makeup & eyeliner, I had hippie hair & earrings, Layne looked like some David Lynch villain), jumping onstage in front of an extremely hostile audience ... and then winning them the hell over (or at least avoiding a deserved beating). I'll never forget when the first chords of "Stand By Your Man" came on, with a shaggy-haired Ken at the mic, and an aggressive-looking gentleman said "Nah, that's just wrong!!" ... only to grudgingly admit afterward that "he was pretty good, though."

Posted by at May 23, 2003 04:46 PM
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Great tune.
Belongs in the penis envy hall of fame.
You guys should have quit the day jobs long ago.
Who's singing lead?

Posted by: Warren Celli at May 24, 2003 05:18 AM

Don't tell me, you sang the theme from "Rawhide" next.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin at May 24, 2003 10:42 AM

That's Layne on lead, me on out-of-tune back-up harmonies (the low guy), Whalen on the higher back-up bits. Much of it, notably the outro, was ad-libbed on the spot.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 24, 2003 10:58 AM

Nah, I think Matt & Jeff did Beatles songs or whatever was on the karaoke machine. I recall doing "I Fall to Pieces," not the Tammy Wynette song. Maybe Matt is confusing me with Lyle Lovett or the Blues Bros.

Posted by: Ken Layne at May 24, 2003 02:47 PM

Dude, you *totally* did Stand By Your Man. Jeff did some Turtles song (the "what's yer name, who's yer daddy" one, I think), and danced around like an elf. I did "I Shoulda Known Better." Only time in my life I ever did the karaoke.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 24, 2003 02:55 PM

Um, excuse me but "what's your name who's you daddy" is the fudgin ZOMBIES, ok? A little tune you might have heard of called "Time of the Season." The Turtles did "Happy Together." but if whalen were singing i'd really rather hear their song "elenore." (elenore, gee I think you're swell/and you really do me well/you're my pride and joy et cetera.") two of the turtles went on to become founding DJs at KROQ, known as Flo and Eddy.

Posted by: kate at May 24, 2003 06:50 PM

Turtles, Zombies ... could never get them straight. Though I knew Flo & Eddy were connected to the tortoises (and went on to do back-ups for T. Rex)....

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 24, 2003 07:05 PM

Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) were even better in Frank Zappa's band. Try "Magdalena", off The Mothers' "Just Another Band From L.A.", and their rendition of "Happy Together" live at the Fillmore East will rewire your brain. Be careful.

"Good night, boys & girls."

Posted by: Billy Beck at May 24, 2003 10:30 PM

It was absolutely "Stand by Your Man" that Ken sang that night. I thought we were all going to get beat up by the shitkickers in the sports bar. They already didn't like us, but then when they heard his song choice, I thought we were dead. And Matt's right -- Ken's voice totally won over the crowd. Can't remember what Jeff sang. But I think you guys were planning on all singing something together but then they shut it down for the night. ... Come to think of it, didn't you guys all come to Gilroy because Matt wasn't allowed in San Francisco at the time?

Posted by: Amy Langfield at May 27, 2003 09:41 AM

everything i know about country music i learned in central valley karaoke bars. Johnny Cash songs by a skinny kid in shorts and combat boots is fine if you can sing, but stay the hell away from the UB40 version of "can't help falling in love".

almost got buried in a dark field in Manteca one night for that one.

great song. Gilroy just brings out the best in people.

Posted by: phil at May 28, 2003 06:54 AM
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/and you really do me well/you're my pride and joy et cetera.") two of the turtles went on to become founding DJs at KROQ, known as Flo and Eddy.

Posted by: kate at May 24, 2003 06:50 PM

Turtles, Zombies ... could never get them straight. Though I knew Flo & Eddy were connected to the tortoises (and went on to do back-ups for T. Rex)....

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 24, 2003 07:05 PM

Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) were even better in Frank Zappa's band. Try "Magdalena", off The Mothers' "Just Another Band From L.A.", and their rendition of "Happy Together" live at the Fillmore East will rewire your brain. Be careful.

"Good night, boys & girls."

Posted by: Billy Beck at May 24, 2003 10:30 PM

It was absolutely "Stand by Your Man" that Ken sang that night. I thought we were all going to get beat up by the shitkickers in the sports bar. They already didn't like us, but then when they heard his song choice, I thought we were dead. And Matt's right -- Ken's voice totally won over the crowd. Can't remember what Jeff sang. But I think you guys were planning on all singing something together but then they shut it down for the night. ... Come to think of it, didn't you guys all come to Gilroy because Matt wasn't allowed in San Francisco at the time?

Posted by: Amy Langfield at May 27, 2003 09:41 AM

everything i know about country music i learned in central valley karaoke bars. Johnny Cash songs by a skinny kid in shorts and combat boots is fine if you can sing, but stay the hell away from the UB40 version of "can't help falling in love".

almost got buried in a dark field in Manteca one night for that one.

great song. Gilroy just brings out the best in people.

Posted by: phil at May 28, 2003 06:54 AM
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