That’s when I reach for my revolver

The classic Arab imprecation: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits comes to mind today as I migrate my corporate email from one system to another and regard this notice from corporate IT — “You will have to maintain two inboxes until further notice” — with the kind of migraine that one can’t knock down with mere Advil.

Anyway — if you need me, you know how to find me. My first name at my last name dot com always works. The new corporate address is davidchurbuck AT lenovo dot com.
And given my mood, and pounding headache, I thought it appropriate to acknowledge this band, Mission of Burma, who dominated the raucous Boston music scene in the early 80s (Spinal Tap: “So the Boston gig got cancelled, who cares? Not much of a college town….“) but faded away when their lead guitarist, Roger Miller, developed hearing problems because they were that loud.

Check out this video and you’ll see Miller wearing ear-muffs to try to save his ears. It was a shame — this band was beloved by critics and held up as being as influential in their own way as Sonic Youth and the Pixies (another Boston classic indie band). Moby covered this tune and gave it wide notice, but here’s the original.

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