17/10/2005 - PRESS RELEASE: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS - ROCK AND ROLL IS DEAD.
Introducing Those Meddling Kids – a collaboration of the random brainwaves of William Tan, the record collection of Robert Kelly, and the slave labour of Natalie Fisher.
A familiar scene involving our protagonists:
Two young gentlemen slouch in a lounge at yet another birthday gathering soundtracked by dance-r-&-b and bubblegum pop, with the occasional track thrown in by a trendy new rock band that managed to hit the commercial charts – the latest ones seem to have recycled the Madchester sound, the Joy Division mumble.
The gentlemen nurse their drinks. The one on the left glibly considers himself a modern-day dandy. Tight stovepipes, tight band t-shirt – today it’s the Velvet Underground’s ‘Andy Warhol’ – topped off with a beige vintage cardi. He has anime-hair – Japanese-cut, despite his Chinese background – uneven, black, with big pink stripes. His poison tonight is mandarin Absolut – "I don’t want beer at the moment, its liquid: alcohol ratio is too low."
Next to him, his friend cracks open a Coopers Red, although he’s known to be partial to a good scotch, aged seventeen years thank you very much. Pretty soon, after a few, he’ll be ranting about what’s wrong in the world today, and how it’s mainly to do with the Young Liberals. He looks like a Beatle, that is, if you dressed up a Beatle from the wardrobe of a member of The Strokes. And gave him a pair of Liam Gallagher’s sunglasses.
A tousle-haired girl edges her way across the room towards them, avoiding the group of squealing, ugg-boot wearing females that are apparently the same species as her. "I tried to commandeer the cd-player." she says sorrowfully, pulling up a chair and throwing her muddy pink Chuck Taylored feet into the lap of the Beatle. "But it didn’t work. It was a horrible experience." Too right it didn’t work, as Akon’s ‘Lonely’ starts up for the 14th time this evening. These three are they type that always carry their own CDs to events like this, in the hope that they’ll get a little relief. Not tonight. They’ve had enough. They leave.
Walking down the street, an argument breaks out – is Marc Bolan the poor man’s Lou Reed, or is Lou Reed the poor man’s Marc Bolan? "It’s CLEARLY the latter – Bowie didn’t write ‘Lady Stardust’ about Lou Reed, did he now?"
"I want to do parties where I actually like all the music." says Will, the dandy. "Like what?" asks his friend, Rob. "Glam, britpop, garage? New wave?"
"Everything." says Will. "Some of each." They go on for a while about what they’d play; about how there must be other people that have the same issues. "We could do a few, we could have themes, we could have a glam dedication night, a punk night, a Manchester night... people would come."
"Oi." says the girl. "Do you actually want this to happen? Because you two are all talk and brilliant ideas. If you want to put these on, I’ll actually do it. Otherwise it’ll just be like that time when you wanted start a band, or make your own clothes."
A few words to Alex, the owner of the Abercrombie Hotel, and the purchase of a trusty notebook, and Those Meddling Kids were born. Join us at our debut party – Rock and Roll is Dead: a Wake - to celebrate the reign of our most shining stars.
From Beatlemania to Britpop, Garage to Glam, punk, new wave, psychedelic and grunge, we’re playing the big ones. The ones everyone sings along in the chorus to. The anthems of the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, from the days when rock and roll was the biggest thing in the charts. So, join us, in your finest rock-star attire, or alternately, your most respectable funeral gear, and raise a glass in memoriam of the long lost days when music always came from a guitar and not a computer. And consider your answer – Is it better to burn out or fade away? There’ll be a poll at the door.
ROCK AND ROLL IS DEAD. 7TH DECEMEBER 2005. ABERCROMBIE HOTEL. (cnr Broadway and Abercrombie St) FREE BEFORE 9PM. $4 STUDENT CARD/$6 GENERAL AFTER 10PM.
Honoring the music of -
ELVIS PRESLEY - CHUCK BERRY - THE BEATLES - THE ROLLING STONES - THE KINKS - BOB DYLAN - JIMI HENDRIX - THE WHO – CREAM - JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - THE DOORS - PINK FLOYD - DEEP PURPLE - IGGY POP - T.REX - DAVID BOWIE - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - ROXY MUSIC – QUEEN - BLONDIE – KISS - THE NEW YORK DOLLS - THE RAMONES - THE SEX PISTOLS - THE CLASH - JOY DIVISION – THE HAPPY MONDAYS - NEW ORDER – THE SMITHS - THE CURE - BILLY IDOL – SONIC YOUTH - R.E.M – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – SOUNDGARDEN - NIRVANA – PEARL JAM – OASIS –THE VERVE – THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS - RADIOHEAD – PULP – THE VERVE - PLACEBO – GARBAGE – BEN FOLDS - THE STROKES – THE WHITE STRIPES – THE DANDY WARHOLS - THE DISTILLERS - JET - FRANZ FERDINAND