Moby Dick: Ain't they Just the Cutest Bunch of RockersBack in the era when Album-Oriented-Stadium-Rock was dominating the global music world, (say late '60s to late '70s) enterprising young rockers with bright imaginations and too much time and drugs leftover from their globe-trotting world tours birthed a phenomena rarely seen since: The SuperGroup. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were probably the first, combining members of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies, along with solo singer-songwriter Neil Young, but Cream, Van Halen, Wings, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bad Company, Asia, and The Firm were all SuperGroups - but none of them are quite as exciting as our own local variant, Moby Dick: the Led Zeppelin Tribute Band.
You Ever Did See?
You Ever Did See?
Of band co-founder Mikey Baker, it has been said that it's impossible for a band to exist in this town without him. Sure, you can say that *you* don't know Mikey Baker, but you *do* know Mikey Baker if you've seen any of these acts - and just think about how many times you've seen The Gluey Brothers, Ender Wiggin, Relentless Blues, Hedwig And The Angry Inch (bandleader on that one), Love Gun, Plook, Urban Myth, Susan Jane Weiss, O/Z, Stinkfinger & Moby Dick, as well appearances with such seminal Santa Fe-only acts like The Reverend Carol King Kong (a Pete Williams joint) & (SuperGroup contender) songstress Terri Lynn Browning.
If we had the time and the Spy-like graphic design skills to create a chart with Mikey and the rest of the band's CVs, we'd probably find that there isn't a musician in this town (including my dad) who isn't *somehow* connected by a slice of Kevin Bacon to this incredible combination of talent and silliness that will be appearing tonight at the El Paseo for probably around $5. Is $5 too much to ask for a chance to see Santa Fe Musical History in action? We think not. But let's just check out the rest of that line-up:
There's lead singer Andy Primm (of the Amazing Larry, Love Gun, Mobius Trip, the Flat Cat Revue, at least one of Jono Manson's touring bands, plus Hedwig, Plook, O/Z, and too many sessions, bad bar bands, one-shot combos, and corporate cover acts to mention), bassist Pete Williams (who's also a killer singer to my re-collection and whose 3-D life-sized NUDE-LIKENESS can be found sculpted in plaster in a semi-famous artist's house on Bob Street, and who currently heads up The Reverend Carol King Kong, as well as credits with Jono Manson, Love Gun, O/Z, Stinkfinger, Moby Dick & The Santa Fe Big Band, to name just a few of the many groups that Pete has lent his skills to,) as well as little darlin' favorite of the New Mexico power-punk crowd the Hollis Wake's Micah Chappell, playing Drums for Dick as he does for the Wake, as well as Ender Wiggin & Urban Myth, and I *think* (though memory may not serve me in this one) I *think* he might have been involved in several Warehouse 21-type acts as well as maybe Dr. Romero, but jeez, he might've been in junior high way back then...
These four amazingly prolific musicians will join forces tonight and BE OUR OWN PERSONAL LED ZEPPELIN, reinterpreting the sounds of that famed SuperCombo for one night only (until they convince someone else to Give In to the Mayhem and get Booked Again.) So go. Pretty darm cheap so far as history goes, I think.