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Wednesday, January 19, 2005


The Coctails reunion show.

On Saturday night I saw the Coctails reunion show at the Abbey pub with Andrew and Brandon. I forgot how cool the Coctails were live. I think the last and only time I saw them was lollapalooza many years ago, the only time because I never could get out of work to get to a show. I may have bumped into members of the band here and there, but that doesn't count. This show was to celebrate the release of their new box set called "Popcorn Box" a set of rarities and unreleased music, mostly instrumental. I'm a fan of both the early and late periods of the Coctails; this has a little bit of both, but is really jazzy.

The Coctails are one of those bands that I have a great deal of respect for, not only for their musical talent, but their artistic merit and showmanship. At the show, they passed screen printed popcorn bags with band member clown likenesses on them, I got Archer, and I forget who Andrew got. What other band could that? What band could make cloth dolls of them selves and sell them at shows? You don't see Trent Reznor with a cloth doll, even though that might be dammed funny.

I never got the chance to get many of the Coctails products, seeing as though I never really was able to get to any shows, but the idea of that type of thing was just so cool, it reminds me of the craft movement that is going on today, with the DIY Trunk Show, department, and Art vs. Craft shows.

Since I was there, I got the "Popcorn Box." I considered it a birthday present to myself, as well as the show.