Thursday, October 07, 2004

Treephort, Seen Near Carphort

Robert Stein sends along this story:

FLINT, Mich. (AP) For a few moments last weekend, the punk band Treephort was the hottest act in town.

But the group got into trouble at a downtown club when the lead guitarist set his thong on fire, then removed it and scurried around the stage naked.

The Atlanta-based band was about 20 minutes into its set Sept. 25 at the venue Flint Local 432 when guitarist Joe Klein dropped his pants, set fire to the thong and removed it. The bass player also stripped and joined Klein in cavorting onstage.

The club's management ordered the band to get off the stage.

"They threatened to break stated policies of the club, and so we told them their set was over and asked them to leave,'' said club owner Joel Rash. The stunt violated the Local's insurance policy and city rules against open flames in the building.

Treephort concerts routinely feature members dousing a thong with hairspray before igniting it with a lighter, singer Lee Satterfield said. "We've all done it from time to time,'' he said. "We're professionals; we know what we're doing.''

Lee's right. We've all done it from time to time. I don't know about you, but I can't even remember how many nights I've been reading a book or playing a game and decided I'd rather douse my thong with hairspray and set it on fire. And I'm just an enthusiastic hobbyist. I would imagine that professional fire-setters-to-thongs-that-they-happen-to-be-wearing do it even more often.

And they spray with expert timing.

Treephort? Were they originally in a band called Phrench Phries?

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