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November 21, 2003

Date With A Vampyre

Another track to the life soundtrack arrived in in the mail today--The Screaming Tribesmen's Date With A Vampyre. Nine seconds of "what the hell are they doing with the damn piano" followed by one of the best musical wake up slaps to the face ever. That piano lulls a person, it does, sets them up, makes them think about leaving the dance floor, skipping this one, whatever it is, until the DJ comes back to his senses. That's the point where the guitars crash down on you, and beat kickstarts your soul.

I've watched a 300 pound man, a Bon-Jovi man, pogo to this song until he was beat red in the face and looked near-bout to die. I've seen an entire room of church camp staff and campers raise their face to the sky and scream "I think I'll follow her to hell!" to the elderly and stained acoustic tiles above them. I've seen a Methodist minister survey that crowd, look me in the eye, and decide it wasn't worth the fight.

'Cause they say "hell" in the bible, don't you know. Had my defense all prepared. Besides, I'd already gotten away with a bad words muted version of Add it Up, and the smaller, more impressionable youths had been sent away hours ago. The only thing the song could do to the remaining dancers--teenagers all--would be to wear them out, and believe me, at a co-ed church camp in the summer, on the last night of camp....you want the teenagers exhausted and ready for sleep. Else there would be nine kinds of shenanigans, all of them involving nookie.

And a Methodist minister will accept a lot if it's part of a program devoted to the prevention of nookie shenanigans.

Date With A Vampyre, Add It Up, Sweet Child of Mine, I Wanna Be Sedated, Blister in the Sun, Wild Child and If I Should Fall From Grace With God were the songs that made sure the good Methodist children delivered into our care were the same good Methodist children when we handed them back.

The staff, on the other hand, was impervious to that sort of thing, though the breakfast coffee stand was always hit a little harder the next morning. The final set always carried a hint of "As soon as they're in bed, as soon as it's quiet..."

Date With A Vampyre will always remind me of the smell of promise in the air.

Update: Sound files, as always, are temporary.

Posted by Bigwig at November 21, 2003 10:28 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Hmmm. Not bad. kind of reminds me of Blue Oyster Cult.

Posted by: TNAR at November 21, 2003 11:41 PM

Not surprising. According to the liner notes, they kidnapped the opening piano notes from a BOC song,so they must have been fans.

Posted by: bigwig at November 22, 2003 10:10 AM

Ahhh, the memories. . .

Posted by: Clover at November 24, 2003 07:35 AM
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