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Friday, April 03, 2009

. . . they're gonna put me in the movies . . .

A band I was in during college, CFG, or Civilian Fun Group, will have one or two songs playing in the background of a party scene of Adventureland, which opens today. The movie is set in 1987 -- two years after we left school and broke up. Twelve years ago the writer and director, Greg Mottola, wrote and directed The Daytrippers, which I liked a lot. He’s done other stuff too, but I haven’t seen it.

Dave, CFG’s drummer, is married to the film’s editor, Anne McCabe -- that’s how our mid-’80s college-band music got into this movie set in the mid-’80s, about people just out of college.

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie -- it should be a kick!

Speaking of the mid-’80s, my old friend John de Roo has digitized and released his 1986 masterpiece Holy Cow. He and I had been in a band starting in 9th grade and through freshman year of college -- roughly 1978 through 1982, and then again in the summer of ‘85, and then we made an acoustic duo cassette-only album together in ‘88. This one came in between, and it’s a dandy.

We don’t see each other too often now -- he lives more than a thousand miles away -- but whenever we do we play music. He sang at my wedding. Please do check out his music.

(That's his grandma on the cover of the CD, in 1916 with her favorite cow.)

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