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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Wednesday, October 06, 2004

    Stuck backstage with Bowling for Soup

    One of my favorite songs of the moment is Bowling for Soup's "1985." Although I grew up in the '80s, my friends make fun that I better reflect the '90s or the millenium. Anyways, this song brings back memories.

    The group, Bowling for Soup was hot a few years ago for the song "Girl All The Bad Guys Want," the male version of
    Avril Lavigne's song "Sk8er Boi." So right after this song came out, at the 2003 Warped Tour at San Francisco's Pier 30 and 32, Stephanie (who took the picture of me for this blog) and I went to interview the group, which made for a memorable backstage story:

    ...We walked into the back of the bus and felt a bit claustrophobic - clothes, videos and food were strewn all over the bus. And there was the very distinct smell of "un-bathed band."

    Guitarist Chris Burney proceeded to take off his shoes - remember, this is after a LONG day in the sun of rocking out. The whole area started to stink. The bassist, Erik Chandler, kept talking as if he didn't notice anything. We wondered if he was just used to the smell or if his nose wasn't functioning.

    By the end of the interview, Stephanie and I had gotten used to the smell, but hoped it didn't set into our clothes.

    Onto other less stinky things: If you ever wanted to be a DJ, come test out your scratching skills.

    WHAT: Skratchpad
    WHERE: Sublounge, 628 20th St. @ 3rd St.
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6; and every first Wednesday of the month.
    TIX: No Cover!! 21 & + w/ I.D.s
    WHY: DJs (Amerriica,
    Celskiii, Deeandroid and Winst-Oner) on the main floor rocking funk, soul and hip-hop. While in the basement there are open tables for scratch sessions. Bring
    instrumentals, beats and headphones.

    Photo of Marian Liu by Stephanie Grace Lim, Mercury News
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