Speaking of Afghan Whigs, screw you guys—I’m going to keep posting shit from my old band. Because we were awesome.
To wit, here’s Bacon Ray, live at the Cow Haus in Tallahassee, Florida, ca. 1998, covering a song from the aforementioned Gentlemen, called “What Jail is Like.”
I am the one screaming.
- Merlin Mann - Vox and Rhythm Guitar
- Mike Coleman - BVox and Lead/Slide Guitar
- Brent McNeil - BVox and Bass
- Bruce Hamilton - Drums
On this particular evening, Bacon Ray were opening for Will Oldham (in one of his first shows as the newly re-dubbed Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy). Notwithstanding our band’s ardent Palace Brothers fandom, we all thought it was a really stupid name.1
That night, Bacon Ray all wore capes made out of bed sheets, and we’d encouraged the audience to arrive wearing the same. You know. To try and freak out the Increasingly Bonnie Prince.
Thing is, he absolutely did not seem at all freaked out. He seemed, in fact, not to even notice we were there. Which, or course, was fine and normal.
What’s awesome was that Will had painted his fingernails with Wite-Out. Which freaked me out.
So, that was a twist.
Anyway. Here’s me and three of my best friends wearing capes and playing an Afghan Whigs cover in North Florida. As was the style.