2009 Brought The Biggest Melody Bar Reunion Yet
<snark> And once you got in, it was HOT, it was CROWDED, and one of the toilets had overflowed, so really, it was just like the Melody, wasn't it? </snark>
In truth, it looked like more people were having a great time that the Melody could have physically held on any one night, so it's good that the dance floor at the Elks' is so huge. Stiffy Biceptz' slideshow of classic images ran on autopilot throughout the night, providing at least a glimpse of Matt Pinfield (who we hear is still on the way.) Matt was kind enough to call Ed Wong and I (and likely the rest of our crew, including Pat Pierson, Lisa Uber, Pete Santiago and Andrew Prescott) heroes on his show yesterday morning, so we've got that going for us. Which is good.
Once again, Dramarama's "Anything, Anything" tore the roof off the place - though I believe we managed not to play Happy Mondays' "Step On" twice (or even once.) No issue - with so many classics to play, you can't fit 'em all in every time. I managed to do an almost exclusively vinyl-based set, at least 'til Stiffy wanted to hear "I Want To Be A Flintstone" from Screaming Blue Messiahs, which I luckily had on my iPod. (We're a resourceful group, us DJs. We were pretty much ready for any format, except perhaps 8-track.)
We drank the place dry by midnight, and we still carried on 'til they kicked us out at 1AM (a deal's a deal.) A few die-hards (myself included) staggered out to R/Syn NextUnderground at the Corner Tavern (which, unlike the Melody Reunion, will be there next Saturday and for the foreseeable future) to keep the lights on, and I'm sure there was an afterparty somewhere. Me, I had to get my stuff back to the Hyatt first, and trust me, the vinyl doesn't get any lighter with age.
Facebook users who know me will see lots of shots taken by Laura Schneider and Pat Austin, who were only two of the many ad-hoc paparazzi lurking about. Stiffy just danced (though I do him a disservice by using the word "just".)
We'll be putting it all up for your enjoyment all day on Saturday, March 6, assuming our capture of it comes out successfully (I should know how good it sounds tonight.)
In the meantime, check out Altrok's Daily Retro for today (11:30am-1:30pm Eastern) when we'll have a number of Melody Bar tracks inevitably in the mix - then stay tuned, because it gets even better when you hear the new stuff we've picked afterward. (Though we're biased.)