Posted: Jul 6, 2004 8:14 am
Thanks man ... I love the Sun Ra shirt because all I have to do is wear it and instantly cool people come up to talk to me wherever I am. Kinda like DK's buttons were in the 80's.
One thing I never wear is old Rz shirts. I don't even have any more having given most of my Rz stuff away. I found when I did wear them all these weird people would come up to me and I'm not talking the cool people that were into the Rz -- you know, the ones that didn't buy into the rock star stuff -- the ones that got it. It was always some nut who still believed in all that rock shit scaring me to death, wanting to tell me stupid stuff about how all the Rz ever drank was raspberry beer.
But those costumes, man -- my reaction to them was always "I gotta get this thing off now, cuz if I don't people will think I walk around in it."
Man I should have pulled out some of my Ra goodies while you were here because I gave him a big bag of gourmet jellybeans once decorated with planets and stuff having found out that he loved jellybeans -- we're talking about $40 worth in the 80's. He was delighted and never forgot me again, and always came up to greet me after the show usually bearing a gift of some sort. The Arkestra, man -- they were my Grateful Dead in the 80's and 90's. I *always* made an effort to see them as often as possible.
They still make the shirt though. Catch them the next time they hit Maxwell's or Columbia University and you can get one. The one that I was wearing was one that I got from Malcolm Tent in Danbury, CT. I do wear the one that Sunny gave me but not to a punk gig. I didn't want the Black Lips guy pulling that pissing stunt that he's notorious for wrecking it, in case I happened to be the one that he hit with the stream. I remember loving their set because there was all this tension whether he was going to whip his dick out and do it but he didn't.