It's 5:30 in the morning, and I am working a graveyard shift- I need an excuse to blast some music. In high school, a good friend of mine who was raised on his older brothers' Stones and Zappa records once excoriated me for being a big fan of Liverpool's Echo and the Bunnymen. Hearing the name of the band, he razzed me, "Echo and the Bunnymen, sounds like just another wimpy synth band." A few days later, a bunch of us were hanging out at a friend's house, watching this newfangled music-video channel, when this video came on:
"Wimpy synth band my ass!" was my rejoinder, as I smacked my friend upside the head.
The best thing about the video is that the audience looks a lot like lead singer Ian McCulloch, who looks a lot like Rick Hunter.
Hell, I think I need another blast of live Bunnymen, here's one of my all-time favorites, an epic seven-minute version of Do It Clean:
Yeah, that's pretty far from wimpiness, or synthetude, for that matter. Suffice it to say, the Bunnymen were badass!
NOTE: Please note that, in no way am I disparaging the Stones or Zappa.