Thursday, August 1, 2019
Kenne and Little Billy
Lost (sans Fred Pineau)
26 July 19. In "Detroit Rock City".
I kept getting texts from outer limits club in
hamtrammack michigan where Stroh's fest was happening. Promoter
paid for an uber so i left my rockstar hotel that I paid for to
go to club. Arab cab driver knew Vancouver where my dad was living
as baby and "that's my backyard! it's all Arab know'....thanks
Dad and parents for the uber! Get into club "KENNE!"
Now I'm the first Highland NOT born in Michigan but instead it
was Little Billy Lost sans Fred Pineau
of Bonjour Aviators! Frederick is three score and ten...you think
you'll see my ass at club when not playing?!? ("60 is the
new 30"?)...Photo is Little Kenne Lost! Motor City
meets Dirty Water! A Detroit cover band show coming soon!
Then I ran into Mister and Mrs Rich Coffee (actually
he and melanie were Thee Accessories!) plus Stenson Eddie
Flowers, one week older than Smitt E. Smitty.
The Gulch (Bloomington Indiana) meets Motor City meets Dirty water?
Rochester NY is the Flower City and Flowers HAS been to House
of Guitars! ('76). Timmy's Organism (facebook
like!) was playing and I got a $5 casette. Timmy introduced me
to Mary of Detroit Cobras (facebook friend and
"i'm a fan....i spell F.....A.....N...."). Put a red
wig on Smitty, the goddam Motor City mayor. More selfies than
Theresa Powers!...I found a site Timmy's favourite
bands: BLUE CHEER! the first two leigh Stephens albums! read Rich
Coffee's "rich's rants and raves"; he claims "space-rock"
and i think Hawkwind in mix too. Been playing the dogshit outta
that Burger records casette. Timmy introduced us in Bloomington
once and "I've been a Gizmos fan since '99!" (oh those
kids....)...Lastly I finally saw Thomas Jefferson Slave
Apartments and they rocked too plus djs were playing
all kindsa vintage records, like my old '70s collection....Stroh's
drank, people danced....almost sad but back in '77 at CANTONE'S
this IS how it was....."....
Kenne and Rich Coffee
Friday, August 2, 2019
saturday 27 july 19. Gizmos practice at the ungodly hour of noon
but dang! Stools drummer (born 1997!) got ALL
the toons first tyme through! Rich and Mel Coffee
went to Motown museum same tyme as lil Billy Lost (dad's father
lived near there 1935-1940) and i took Tony Kacynski's
(Figures on a Beach!) advice and walked to Polish Village,
Hamtrammack Michigan and had the Polish sampler (saved
"Kilebasa" for last!) read latest issue of Vulchur
also. Got back hanging backstage with DANA, you
gotta see the way this young lady (Madelin Jackson; knows "Columbus
Gurls"!) assaults a theremin! Gotta mention two pm opener
Ultimate Ovation, a Jimmy Botticelli-type vintage
'70s r&b trio,doin' recods since 1975! VERY collectable on
British soul market. more on them later! Jack Oblivian
and the Shieks were like Flshtones/Woggles on streroids
or "she's my best bette" b/w "everything she says
is cryptic (she's so obscure)" played at 78 rpm....Talking
with Jack "I had the Afrika Korps album but what is the Korps"...I
tried explainging the kennes but he goes "you're the one
who went in the marines right? you wrote "mad at the World"?"
(active duty AND YOUR tax dollars paid for it!). mary of Detroit
Cobras returns as did Timmy Vulgar; i was pleased! So Stroh's
Man (hairy bearded kenne klone in Stroh's chef hat/lame shorts
and fishnets!) was our handsome Dick manitoba and the Dee-troit
crowd whipped into a frenzy....Stroh's man and crowd all sang
along with EVERY Gizmos lyric, went nuts for "Muff Divin"
then the MC5/Stooges mini-set ("ramblin rose"/"black
to comm"/"we will have a real cold Stroh's tonight")....Jams
WERE kicked out! Folks coming up: "I saw you in Cleveland
when I was 18!" (hmmm..."best gurl on the planet"?
whooo!!!")..."I saw you in Chicago"..."Memphis"...but
WERE they in Kaiser station, Teaneck NJ 1977!?? AFTER dj playing
Soul-le-lu-jah level rare soul 45s sounding like a Detroit Cobras
set list (I WAS educated: "yes Detroit Cobras cover this
song"), dancin' even BETTER'n james Brown....fuck i aint
had that much fun since Afrika Korps live at Cantone's 21 aug
77! (Rich Coffee ALSO at that, so ,maybe it's him as key factor?)"
Kenne and Detroit friends