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WEA paperweight

14 December 2010

Store date: 21 September 1999

This lucite paperweight is what came home with me from a Warner/Elektra/Atlantic showcase and meeting in Atlanta (exact date not remembered).

What also came home with me:

  • The musical memory of hearing Cornershop’s “Brimful of Asha” for the first time, as well as Hurricane #1’s “Step Into My World,” and “Soap Disco,” a song by Kara’s Flowers. *
  • The bad-taste-in-my-mouth visual memory of a live set by All-4-One, who seemed to be performing to an imaginary audience in another room.  The imaginary audience was probably screaming in adoration and clawing the stage; we business folks sat quietly in our seats checking the schedule for the rest of the day.
  • The wish that I’d had a video camera to catch some of my older colleagues jamming air guitar at the lip of the stage during a retro rock ‘n’ roll medley by Owsley that included Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” and The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” **
  • A very good night’s sleep in a bed that was not a futon.

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* Cornershop went on to moderate success with that song, which likely provided its writer(s) with healthy royalties from its commercial use. Hurricane #1 fizzled out, but its guitarist Andy Bell went on to become the bass player for Oasis.  Kara’s Flowers bombed, then re-grouped, and came back a few years later – after learning how to shave – as Maroon 5.  I liked them much better as punk-pop kids than as young adult purveyors of hip.

** Laser’s Edge employee Jesse Diego Suttle was the drummer in the band at the time, and we’ve since lost band leader Will Owsley to a tragic death.

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