Strange Brouhaha

Monday, March 21, 2005

Two things about this story strike me...

The venerable New York club CBGB is in financial trouble. Two things immediately came to mind when I read this story, plus a third bonus thing that we were thinking about the other day.

First: The bands specifically mentioned in the article--The Talking Heads, The Ramones, and Blondie--have to have some money. And yet all we have is Tommy Ramone saying, "Man, that sucks." Maybe if the people who made CBGB famous (and whom CBGB made famous) aren't interested, it should be allowed to die.

Second: If "outside investors" are involved, CBGB will lose whatever cachet it still has. It's gonna turn into House of Blues or Hard Rock Cafe. It already kind of has, but don't let Mark Cuban turn it into...well, whatever he'll turn it into, just in the name of nostalgia. Kind of like Terri Schiavo. Let it die, and remember it for what it was, not what it would become.

Bonus thing: Excuse me, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio. Why are they having induction ceremonies in New York? Play the HALL!


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