Our Countdown to Nightmare Before Christmas continues with an insight into the world of the comedian who's so unfunny he's funny, who has opened for Tenacious D and was picked by Mike Patton to play his ATP which kicks off today...
The Four Tops
There has never been a classier or more vocally qualified group to step unto a stage as the Four Tops. Their blend of professionalism and unbridled emotion should be a blueprint for any musical act who dreams of setting foot on a stage. And I am sorry, but none of the current breed of mopey, slovenly singers has ever issued a song that captures the feelings of being physically and mentally distraught, as well as the the Tops did with “7 Rooms Of Gloom”--or of the paranoia that debilitates us all, as in “Bernadette”.
Prosecution of drugged out audience members
Nothing is more satisfying than watching armed law enforcement drag away one of these louts who is “souped up” on god knows what, making an ass of himself at one of my shows by vomiting up condoms, liquid LSD, and broken glass into the hair of the poor kid in front of them. When people pay good money to attend a show, they shouldn’t be subjected to this sort of unsavoury experience!
Drummer Prairie Prince
When the legendary drummer of The Tubes somehow agreed to play drums on my recent Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners project and on the subsequent tour, I could not have been more thrilled. I knew that Mr. Prince would bring an A-number-1, best-drummer-alive, “can-you-believe-what-he-just-did” quality to the project, as he has done on recordings with everyone from Todd Rundgren to George Harrison to XTC. What I could not have anticipated is his stellar performance as a drunk breadwinner in the music video for our song “Jug Town”, which is available to view, free of charge, right here:
Neil Hamburger performs at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas this weekend.