Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Flower Power 2005 Band Awards, Part 1

Welcome people to the first annual Flower Power Band Awards, sponsored by Johnson&Johnson and the College of William& Mary. Actually there are no sponsors (big surprise there!) but in the off chance you would like to be one, please see the sidebar.

Well, we hope it will be annual. If we don't get to go to the Flower and Garden Festival next year, then this will be a one-time show.

Note: These awards are not given out in any scientific or otherwise orderly manner. Meaning we get to give whoever we want whatever we want. Capiche?

And the winners are...

Davy Jones-- Best Accent. Who doesn't like to hear a British dude talk? Plus, you can't help but sing along to songs like "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer" (are there any believers in the house?) without feeling semi-nostalgic.

Gary U.S. Bonds-- Most Energetic Old Guy. We don't know what the U.S. stands for, but he has both ears pierced and that was certainly a redeeming quality. He was just so nice, too!

Paul Revere and the Raiders-- Best Costumes and Best Dance Moves. Actually, they were the only ones who wore costumes, and they looked more like pirates than patriots. Still, anyone who can play their instrument, sing in tune, AND keep up with the dance routine has my vote.

The Buckinghams-- Best Stage Effect and Most Photogenic. The drummer had this portable fan that attached to his drumset. For the entire show his long curly hair flew up from his face in a sort of rock god halo that was just plain cool. And then there was Bob, the guitarist... Well, there are so many things to say about Bob, but for brevity's sake, I shall limit my comments to just... one... thing... The fact that this guy not only takes good pictures, but doesn't mind posing for them through such problems as popped guitar strings, lost picks, and unplugged amps. Now that's dedication.

The Grass Roots-- Best Shoes. Or should I say, Best Boots. Jacques, as in strap, also known as Chris ( his words, not mine) wore these black and white snakeskin cowboy boots on stage. He said they hurt his feet but he wore them because they looked cool. And they really did.

The Turtles—Wildest Hair. We actually couldn’t figure who was Flo and who was Eddie (they both looked permanently stoned—one of those lasting effects from the sixties, I guess) but one of them had the biggest natural faux Afro I’ve ever seen. Plus, he looked a little like Ozzy. They did a 2-minute tour through music history that was pretty funny, ending with a rendition and imitation of the real Slim Shady. We say, pretty fly for some white guys.

Gregg Rolie Band—Best Overall Band Dynamics, and Best Guitarist Hair Toss. First of all, these guys can play. The keyboardist did the most amazing onstage improve I’ve ever seen. Even the band was impressed. The music was just incredible. The band members each fed off each other’s cues like it was the most natural thing in the world. The percussionists, all three of them, were spectacular, and the guitarist not only played his music to technical and stylistic perfection, but also demonstrated his mastery of the Hair Toss. Mucho impressive, no?

The Lovin’ Spoonful—Most Bored Guitarist, and Only Band to Rock Out with an Autoharp. The poor guitarist (who resembled Viggo Mortenson) spent the whole time playing rhythm and staring off into the crowd. Not that we don’t love “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City” (even with an autoharp) but I do wish they had given him a few face-melting solos. I mean, he was from Arkansas—he gets props for that alone.

Stay tuned for part 2...


Blogger Sean said...

A Great Blog and A Great Post

6:29 PM

Blogger Nadia said...

Gracias;) Just wait for the next bit...

10:02 AM

Blogger Mario said...

so nadyratille, whats shizlacking? Nice awards. I like davy jones award.

4:00 PM

Blogger Nadia said...

okay, i get nadyratille,lol, but umm shizlacking?

6:33 PM


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