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I have so many fond PUTS memories. I remember I was in Oakland once for work, and PUTS was doing a show in San Francisco. I met Meaty Ogre there that night for the first time. Serg and Stef (RIP) were there, and a whole gang of other Bay Area strutters. PUTS put on a great live show like they always do. I got drunk, which is what you did, and then I remember riding around san francisco with them after the show. I just remember being in the car with Thes and Double K... on a warm san francisco night...
I remember another show they did here in La Jolla, and hanging out backstage with them and Ugly Duckling before the show, and I'm just a regular dude but because of the 'strut here I am hanging out backstage goofing off. They ended the show with everybody singing "on a warm san diego night" and afterwards we went to the hotel they were staying at and hung outside drinking beers late into the night. I think Cas was hammered that night.
Facebook tells me this was 2009. Can it really be that long ago?
PUTS knew how to rock a crowd. Their shows were always LIVE, and always FUN. I think in the beginning people thought they took themselves seriously, and maybe that's why they came out with FUN DMC, to let people know they were having fun. They walked their own path. It didn't matter what trends were popular in music. Album after album they came with their own and stuck to it. I respect them both so much for it.
I never really knew Mike that well, but it's a strange feeling. PUTS put out their last album, but I still just sort of assumed they would always be there, Chris and Mike. Even if they weren't still making records together. It's not fair that he's not going to be able to grow old and look back at it all, and think "I did that". I don't really know how to put it into words, but it's just not fair. My heart hurts for Chris, and all of Mike's friends, family, and loved ones.
Nothing earth shattering but I was happy for my first trip out in a decade. In particular I was really happy to get the Howard Roberts record. And Tomita’s version of Claire de Lune is my favorite. And the Gary Burton record is mostly weirdo jazz but his version of Norwegian Wood is beautiful. And the Herbie Mann record doesn’t suck either, believe it or not. His version of “I’m coming home” is good.I probably spent more than I should have and there were a few duds (not pictured). One of those Timmy Digalot RULES- just because it has the word “soul” or “funky” does not mean it will have soul or be funky. Even if there are Afros on the cover.
I was thinking about this again the other day and what a genius album cover it is. The photographer was a guy named Jim McCrary and if you look him up on 'scogs the number of album covers he photographed is astonishing:
Anyways, they had this young and presumably pretty model, and then they got this belt buckle, and I imagine they went back and forth on how to pose the model but still make sure you can see the belt buckle and then somebody had the idea of zooming in, and just getting that sexy hip curve, and then they all high five and get ready to take the shot - but wait a second. Old Jim notices a bit of camel toe happening in the model's jeans. He pauses and wonders to himself "do I say something? is that creepy? Am I allowed to say Camel Toe? Is it worse if I photograph it and don't say anything at all? Will she be mad??"
Well old Jim took the picture without saying anything. The album comes out. Camel Toes prove surprisingly popular and the album sells well. The model - we don't know her name - takes one look at the album cover and is shocked and furious. Not only can you not see her face, but they appear to have zoomed in on her camel toe instead. Why didn't anyone tell her??? This was supposed to be her big break! She was supposed to be the next Whipped Cream And Other Delights Girl!! She calls her agent immediately and demands that her name not be associated with it. And that is why she is not credited. She is now a chain smoker in a truck stop in Idaho. She wears sweatpants. Exclusively.
I just made all of that up, but it all adds up so i'm just gonna say it is true.
I'll stand by for Mr. Scott himself to arrive.