Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Simon On Acid"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "Simon on Acid" was a fun song. It was based on a Captain Kangaroo cartoon that featured a kid with a magic crayon or something. The kid's name was apparently Simon. Somehow, the drummer of the Pigs got the nickname Simon; it was before he was in the band, so I don't know why. It might have had something to do with someone thinking he looked like the kid in the Captain Kangaroo cartoon. In any case, the nickname stuck, so it made sense to do a "cover" of the cartoon song, which twisted it a bit to explain why everything the kid drew came to life: because he was on acid. I especially liked this song because I got to play drums while Simon sang. Everyone loved Simon, so this was a popular number. On this night, Simon also threw in a song he wrote for the band entitled "Jell-O 1-2-3."

The Goo Goo Dolls shirt Simon is wearing is not ironic. He was from Buffalo, New York USA and loved the band, who also hailed from there. He was even friends/acquaintances with them and got us backstage with them when they opened up for The Replacements. At that time, the Goo Goos were a scruffy Replacementsesque punk band. They hadn't yet evolved into a semi-boring adult alternative radio juggernaut. The early Goo Goo Dolls is pretty good stuff, especially the third album. Before that, they had the energy but not the songwriting chops. After that, they had the songwriting chops but lost the energy. In 1990, they were in a sweet spot where they had both.