What's Up Chuck
Potty Mouth...Aloha Oe...Missing in Action..
Thursday, October 11, 2001
POTTY MOUTH...KPIG listeners who faithfully tune in Uncle Sherman''s "Dirty Boogie" radio program from 10pm to midnight on Saturday nights, can pollute their minds 24/7 with the XXX Radio Network. A couple years ago, at about the same time KPIG''s program director Laura Ellen Hopper hired Sherman to put the "Dirty Boogie" on the air, he was creating dirtyboogie.com online, offering a streaming broadcast of songs about life, sex, death, sex, food, sex and deviant sex. It''s not a place for listeners with delicate ears-one of the station''s promotional banners, in fact, describes it as "The Fuck Songs of Your Life." Even so, Uncle Sherman bristles at the thought that his website is porn site.
"We''ve been approached by a couple porn people to do things with them," says Sherman, "but we''re a comedy station, the songs just have those words in them. Like Richard Pryor, George Carlin and those guys."
Sherman also draws a distinction between the way coarse language is used in other styles of music-rap and punk in particular. "Most of that stuff is mean-spirited," he says. "What we do is humor and fun."
Right now the website only offers its broadcast in a Real Audio format, but any day now, Sherman says, the site will be upgraded to include an MP3-style broadcast.
ALOHA OE...More than a little slice of the Hawaiian Islands comes to Monterey on Saturday with the South Seas Island Jam at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The all-day festival is presented on the Garden Stage and will feature bands and musicians from Hawaii including Brothers Cazimero, The Mana''o Company, Vaihi as well as California-based bands including One Groove, Ka Ehu Kai and the Monterey All-Star Band. Mainland listeners may not be familiar with many of these names, but The Brothers Cazimero, in particular, stand out. Back in the early ''70s, about the time that traditional Hawaiian music was making a comeback in the islands, Robert and Roland Cazimero were pioneers, fusing traditional sounds with more contemporary stylings. Regular headliners for the last quarter-century at Hawaii''s annual Lei Day celebration, the brothers have also been prolific in the recording studio through the years, having released more than 30 albums. Tickets in advance (at Borders in Sand City or at Vinyl Revolution in Monterey) are $23, with discounts for people under 13; tickets at the gate are $30. For more on the festival, check out www.islandjam.org or call 1-800-209-5823.
MISSING IN ACTION...There''s a rumor going around town that the reason Jeffrey Halford and his band, the Healers, didn''t make the gig at Sly McFly''s last Saturday night is because the band was involved in a traffic accident. Further, goes the rumor, the bass player suffered a broken arm when the band''s van was sideswiped by a truck. That rumor, at least according to Halford, isn''t true. But there are some similarities in the story.
What really happened, according to Halford, is that the bass player''s son was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Saturday afternoon, and the family spent the rest of the day in the emergency room. On such short notice, Halford was unable to find a bass player who would make a suitable substitute.
Halford says he was looking forward to last week''s gig, and hopes that he''ll get another chance to play somewhere in the Monterey area in the near future.
MY BAD...And, lastly, my apologies to the cast of Pacific Repertory Theater''s Thomas of Woodstock. My abrupt departure from Sunday''s performance had nothing to do with the performance. There was a sudden, violent disagreement between my stomach and the burrito I had consumed for lunch that made it inadvisable to remain in my seat. The guilty parties were punished--repeatedly--throughout the afternoon. Again, my apologies.