For years, I have adored The Specials, and certainly the ominous “Ghost Town” is one of the reasons why. As our tour unfolded, Brits prefaced us that Coventry is the city that inspired the song. It did not disappoint. What a beautifully dismal, dreary place it is.
A wonderful man named Dimitri put the show together at The Kasbah. He had this marvelously unique Greek/British accent and his presence was larger than life. The band has been imitating his soundbytes ever since. We can’t fully capture it and end up sounding like Dracula. Two of our favorite perpetuated quotes are “indie quirky” and “give it to me baby…kind of.”
Now that I think of it, band tours have a tendency to inevitably devolve into an unintelligible cycle of quotes and inside jokes. I once toured with the New York band Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. By the end of that tour, all the band could say was “treeboro brother” and “herpes“ (with the Spanish rolled r). Likewise, about 60% of the Darwin Deez intraband dialogue is composed solely of references to the Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama video.