123. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
This year in May, the band I drum in called Mad Mule, played at a record fair in Nyack, New York. It was a particularly special moment for me, because we were playing at a place that on Friday nights in the mid 00’s, would become an all ages venue, where local and touring punk bands would play. I went to a whole bunch of shows there, saw a lot of stuff that I liked, and bunch I didn’t, but was thankful to be out of the house on a Friday night, seeing music with some friends. I only played there once at an open mic when I was 16, doing covers with my friend Duncan.
Besides that time, and singing with a friend’s band on one song in 2007, I never got the chance to play for a long time on that stage. When I found out that I was going to playing on stage for this record fair, I got a little bit emotional. I was finally getting my chance to rock out on stage at the Backdoor.
Mad Mule played our typical “we’re unprepared for this” typed show, where we didn’t really have a setlist, peppered in a few covers, including a cover of “Heroin” for the guy in a Velvet Underground shirt.
To date, it’s been the last show Mad Mule has played, but I’m sure there will be another eventually. We just take our time now. Anyway, the best part about playing at a record fair, is that after you play you can shop for records! So I would show up to a table, and the person selling already knew what you like, because they just saw your band. I wore a Stiff records shirt, advertising what I was probably looking for. This one guy handed me this record, Flip Your Wig. He said, “I can tell you like Hüsker Dü, right?” I told him, of course I did. He gave me half off this original SST pressing in mint condition, as well as some other records, that I’ll eventually write about in this blog! But that was the best part about that record fair, after we played, any table you walked up to, they handed you things you probably were a fan of. I had a hard time turning down a Sonic Youth test pressing, but ultimately had to. I got a ton of amazing singles from this British guy, who told me straight up, “No Stiffs here, sorry.”