you know, i work in this business called music. i have for almost 8 years - started out as a temp, and have somehow ended up in a window office. without getting into the boring details of what i do on a daily basis, i’ll just say i’m the liaison between the universal east coast record labels (island/def jam/universal/motown/verve/decca/classics/b’way/canadian labels) and the digital music sites (all of them - from itunes to lala and zune). what i DON’t do during the day is listen to music i’m “delivering”. there just isn’t time. and i’ve found what has happened is that i’ve become disconnected from what i have always loved - effing music!! i have a degree in music! and while i have found a really amazing way of creating music (musical improv - dumpster tequila!!!) i don’t listen to it often enough, despite the fact that my office and home have been taken over by cd’s (even though i am constantly passing on cd’s to friends and family, there is never a dent in my collection).
so i have to say - i love it when purns and frank post their fave jams. i listen to them all and discover and re-discover what i daily forget to love. keep the jams coming, guys.
“It is easy to become deluded by the audience, because they laugh. Don’t let them make you buy the lie that what you’re doing is for the laughter. Is what we’re doing comedy? Probably not. Is it funny? Probably yes. Where do the really best laughs come from? Terrific connections made intellectually, or terrific revelations made emotionally.”—del close
methinks rehabilitation may have worked in mr. vick’s case:
On his crimes: What I did was horrendous. Awful. Inhumane. And I’ve no excuses for my actions. It makes my heart hurt now to think about what I’ve done. And I’m gonna be real honest, it took a while for me to get to this place.
On coming to grips with his former self: I have been trying hard to connect with people who feel this pain,because for my whole life I was disconnected from the suffering of animals. And you might say, “come on Mike, how could you do those things to those dogs?” And you’re right…I ask myself those questions every day. What kind of person does this? How does a human-being treat dogs or any animal with such pain and cruelty? And the hard part for me is the answer to these questions. Because the answer is ME. And I am trying so hard right now to become a better person, because who I was, I am ashamed of.
On redemption: Now that I’m trying my best to wake up, I know I have a lot of work to do. And this isn’t about trying to win a Super Bowl ring or a MVP trophy…this is about trying to save lives. I think back to when I use to play football and of course I use to see all those kids in the stands wearing #7 jerseys. And I would never want them to look up to the Michael Vick who did all of those terrible things to the dogs. I know where I need to do the most work is with all of the people around the world who continue to fight dogs. Let me be straight forward with y’all: What I did was wrong, and what you’re doing is wrong. We must stop dog fighting, and I will do everything in my power to be a voice of someone who has finally woken up from the numbness, and knows just how bad it really is. My mission now is to be a source of service to save many animals. I am working very closely with The Humane Society and will be launching a new campaign shortly. If I had one hope in life, it would be that my actions will speak louder than my words. I know it will be hard to forgive me until you see my sincerity through my actions, but I promise you and I promise myself that that day will come. Lastly, I accept this challenge, not of writing this blog, but of redeeming myself.
Back in 2007 I discovered that the show calendar on the UCB website goes back all the way to November 2000 and lists every team that performed on every Harold Night since, I’m assuming, the theatre’s opening. I have, of course, used this to make an excel spreadsheet for all 459 Harold Nights that have been documented on that calendar. Here are the stats!
Note that I’ve only been around for 149 of those Harold Nights, so most all of this is going strictly by what it said on the website. I don’t know if the Swarm was ever officially considered a Harold Team, but they did perform on Harold Night 13 times over the course of 77 weeks, pretty steadily. I also don’t know what the deal is with Muscle, Arizona Shot Glass or Code Orange, all of which only had two shows. And apparently Monkeydick had two runs on Harold Night, according to the calendar, so they are in the spreadsheet as Monkeydick and Monkeydick II. I also counted every team name change as a different team, just to keep things simple. I know Mailer Daemon essentially became fwand, and I think the same happened with Gigawatt and Arsenal, but still…keeping it simple.
And those are the notes. Here are the stats.
MOST SHOWS PERFORMED ON HAROLD NIGHT 1. Creep - 88 (1 show performed after end of original run) 2. Bastian - 87 3. 1985 - 81 4. Optimist International - 71 5. Ice-9 - 69 6. fwand - 66 (1 show performed after end of original run) 7. Tantrum - 56 8. DeCoster - 54 Mailer Daemon - 54 10. Dillinger - 51 (1 show performed after end of original run) The Shoves - 51
LONGEST RUN ON HAROLD NIGHT 1. Ice-9 - 143 weeks (11/16/00 to 8/5/03) 2. Creep - 138 weeks (11/16/04 to 7/3/07) 3. Optimist International - 137 weeks (2/14/02 to 9/21/04) Neutrino - 137 weeks (11/2/00 to 6/10/03) 5. Bastian - 131 weeks (2/13/07 to current) 6. Dr. Awesome - 123 weeks (11/9/00 to 3/13/03) 7. Monkeydick II - 114 weeks (8/15/02 to 10/12/04) 8. Police Chief Rumble - 109 weeks (9/26/02 to 10/19/04) 9. 1985 - 108 weeks (4/11/06 to 4/29/08) 10. DeCoster - 105 weeks (8/14/07 to current)
I also figured I could calculate what I’m calling a residency percentage by dividing these numbers together. This shows how many weeks during a team’s run they actually performed. In theory this shows how successful the teams were during their run, as I’ve always assumed/understood that the more popular teams perform more often. Is this statement controversial? Eep. Don’t mean it to be! You’ll notice that all four teams from last night’s show are in the top ten. RESIDENCY PERCENTAGE 1. Reuben Williams - 88% (43 shows over 49 weeks) 2. fwand - 76% (66 shows over 87 weeks) 3. 1985 - 75% (81 shows over 108 weeks) 4. The Shoves - 70% (51 shows over 73 weeks) 5. Bastian - 66% (87 shows over 131 weeks) 6. The Scam - 65% (42 shows over 65 weeks) 7. Arsenal - 64% (41 shows over 64 weeks) 8. Creep 64% (88 shows over 138 weeks) 9. Mailer Daemon - 63% (54 shows over 86 weeks) 10. Dillinger - 62% (51 shows over 82 weeks)
So it looks like we’re coming up on a big Harold Night milestone. On August 18th, Bastian will tie Creepfor the most shows performing on Harold Night and, as early as September 1st, they will have performed the most shows on Harold Night. Also, unless some huge shake up happens, Bastian will become the longest running Harold Team of all time on November 10th.
That’s all for now.
Okay, but if you want to be a REAL nerd about this, you’ll have to figure in all the team line-up changes. While some teams went untouched for their entire run, others had several performer changes before hitting their stride.
i am increasingly disturbed by the average person’s response to getting something for free. whether it’s at costco (free bite of sausage! get out of my way! i’m wasting away to nothing!), where people queue up for a taste of something they’re not going to buy; or on talk shows - martha, oprah, ty-ty, you name it. whenever the audience discovers there is something for free (under your seat! in your grab bag! jimmy’s handing them out right now!) the audience FREAKS THE FUCK OUT like they’re meeting elvis or jimmy buffet or sergio menendez or something.
it reminds me of how in days of olde, royalty would hand out purses of coins to the serfdom on their parades through town. the serfs would favor the royalty based on the size of the purse, natch. but nowsadays, i can’t really say it’s the declining/declined economy that makes people respond to “free” the way they do. i think it’s always been that way.
i guess the problem i have with it is how the “have-less” folks are empowering the “have-more” folks by reacting as if their lives are only now fulfilled having been recipients of the free. (we are merely your minions! we will wear and buy and display and eat whatever you tell us because you in your generosity have endowed us out of nothing but kindness with these gifts!)
also, why are people so obsessed with getting more stuff that they didn’t want or need until it was given to them for free?
also/also - does the average person know that they are participating in a giant commercial?
“If you have guaranteed emergency room care for the uninsured at public expense, you have already effectively socialized medicine. It makes no sense not to bring these people into the insurance system, and to offer less expensive, long-term preventive healthcare. To insist that ideology stand in the way of this piece of compassionate common sense is irresponsible.”—The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (via charlietodd)
“My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on.”—john hughes, on art
“I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, ‘cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one with the lack of social interaction they had!”—john hughes - the guy that made all of us outcasts cool.