Chris Uggen's Blog: dazed

Saturday, May 10, 2008


strange experience tonight, watching dazed and confused with my ambivalent randall "pink" floyd-like 17-year-old footballer. on this night, he was also subject to his first contact with law enforcement -- pulled over for venturing into a gated community without the appropriate sticker. he says advice from david brooks' on paradise drive helped him avoid a ticket, but i really don't wanna know details on this one.

the lad spent much of the movie trying to peg me to a particular character and marveling over jocks' carte blanche in the 1970s. perhaps not surprisingly, he was quite familiar with the purplefog-nugentsmith soundtrack -- a nod to the enduring power of classic rawk on local airwaves. i'm not so concerned about exposing him to the film's explicit drug references, i guess, though i'm a li'l uneasy about subjecting an impressionable musician to the runaways and -- heaven help us -- black oak arkansas. but he's 17 now, so i'm easing up on the age-graded censorship. ideally, he's mature enough to handle any subversive content in dazed and confused or, for that matter, on paradise drive.


At 6:03 AM, Blogger Dave P. said...

Exposing those under 18 to Black Oak Arkansas is a misdemeanor in five states. I'm sure of it.

An old friend of mine was briefly their tour manager. He has a very funny story involving Jim Dandy, a white bodysuit, muscle relaxers, and on-stage bladder control (you can do the math on that one).

At 9:09 AM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

dave, i hate to admit it, but wouldn't BOA be a much more interesting summer festival band than other old warhorses of the era? i mean, jim dandy wasn't exactly hitting the high notes in the 70s, so there's no way the vocals could have deteriorated...


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