Posted: Jan 15, 2010 1:57 am
To clarify, my first (and only) real interaction with "the legendary" Mr. Reatard was at the Gonerfest 6 Saturday day show. He grabbed my arm gently and sincerely apologized for "that fight last night." I told him he didn't fight me and he looked confused and said "I thought I broke your nose." "Nope, someone else."
I was a little confused and really intimidated, I'd talked to him at GF3 but I really didn't know shit about anything and he saw right through me and didn't care what I had to say. Not by any means an insult but certainly a part of his personality I quickly recognized. There would be no false endearments. What you see is what you get.
Before Jay could respond a man, almost my spitting image but 30 years my elder, emerged and walked by us, not giving us a passing glance. "Oh, that's the guy." beamed Reatard, looking over his shoulder, "Well... I'm glad it wasn't you." I've been fixating on that sentence more and more. Jay, I know from experience, is never insincere. And his playful expression told me, if in hindsight, more than I could grasp at the time. (Jay Reatard is genuinely happy that he didn't break my nose last night.)