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million dollar bourbie:
ben, jonno and the legend of PODS

Brotherly love yields strange fruit. My brother Jonno had been a sometimes-drummer for LEMONHEADS, and when I opted out of said outfit he (almost immediately) encouraged us to try our own thing. Which, with the help of Dave Richman, Joshua Pickering and Gary Vitagliano, we did.

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The Middle East, Cabridge MA, c. 1994

The most illuminating history of PODS I'm aware of awaits you at beatplasma.net. (12/07: Or, ahem, at least it did at one point. Apparently not anymore. Cue the wikipedians.)

As you all know, *I* never remember anything unless it's written down and extensively photographed--and even then, it's pretty hit-or-miss. So I shan't attempt to recall anything but broad strokes. (This much trivia I do recall: the name originated as an acronym for "pardon our dust..." We also almost went with the name SNUFKIN -- a character from some Finnish books for children, don't ask -- or DUCK SEASON FIRE, a line from an old Warner Brothers cartoon.)

PODS was about the, er, creative tensions that come into play when you throw together one songwriter (me) chock full o' punk/new wave/hardcore influences, and another (Jonno) with, shall we say, a more classical and mainstream pop axe to grind. Grind we did, and I'm proud of the sparks that shot outta the whole thing.

Among the highlights I remember: getting the first EP serviced by ROCKPOOL; being played (more than once) by the legendary John Peel; repeated invitations to ramble and strum live on WBCN, WFNX, and a host of college stations; hanging on in the local PHOENIX top 10 for weeks, without any commercial support or distribution; and a farewell rave-up at Aerosmith's MAMA KIN on Landsdowne. Of course, I may have imagined all this. Whatever. Good times...

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PODS DISCOGRAPHY

"it's bummer about bourbie," 4-song EP, STONErecords, 1992. 7" vinyl only.

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(da back cover)
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name in vain.MP3

can't win.MP3 (jonno wrote & sings)

"where I'm calling from," CD, 1994

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promise.MP3

blackout.MP3

where I'm calling from.MP3

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NEW PHOTOS! (courtesy of Eric Bradford, THICKER magazine)

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Josh COMMANDS you to kneel...(LIVE at middle east, Cambridge MA)

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Josh 'n' Ben

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Jonno, Ben, Josh, This Dude Right Here.

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Jonno damn well HITTIN' it

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An'... we stayed in a REAL HOTEL & everything...
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In the basement: circa '91
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We didn't just beat the curse...
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...we covered Journey's "Seperate Ways." Beat that.

Jonno on a buck-wild free-style...
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Stage temperature: 1000 degrees kelvin
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3 knuckleheads, and my old dodge wagon
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(suddenly told they look too happy?)
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Ben and Dave, rockin' the, er, auditorium.
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Goodnight, Methuen!
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(An advertisement for the CD)
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(Contact info: no longer, er, valid.)

Look at those li'l guys, wouldja?
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damn you, useless blue border that mocks me with your perpetual sneer: "enter supporting content!"