Thursday, November 11, 2010

Third Floor And Rising

My drum teacher told me a terrific story today.

I asked him about the first band he'd ever joined (he's been in 200+, easily, over the years, and is in three right now). He leaned back in his chair, crossed his arms, and said "Man." Then he had to think for a minute.

As it turns out, he joined his first band while he was still in a Catholic private school. Their name was "Third Floor And Rising," and their first gig was at a dance at his high school.

He said it was the first time he'd ever played with a mixing board and a monitor, and during sound check he heard himself and realized that, while he wasn't a genius or anything, he was pretty good. That was also the moment he said he decided he wanted to play drums for a living for the rest of his life.

Here's the epic part. One of their best songs was "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan" (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), and the lyrics in that song are, to say it gently, "unsuitable" for a Catholic high school dance, given that they include such phrases as "I live for drugs" and "Dope forever, forever loaded."

However, he said that all the brothers (fathers? I'm not sure about the correct term there) heard was noise, being completely unwilling to actually listen to the music, so they couldn't make out the lyrics. No plugs were pulled, no shows were stopped, and on Monday, he said he had Hall of Fame credentials with his friends.

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