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.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “That’s when I reach for my revolver”

  1. Indie rock–a sure way to draw me out of blog-surfing retirement to comment on! Brings back memories of the Pixies concert of ’04 in Lowell. Mission of Burma opened. Sure they were all old, but what a fracking awesome show!

    Tough break about the email, David. Corporate chickenshit is such a pain.

  2. I feel your migration — everybody on my row is in the middle of e-mail migration hell. And purty it ain’t.

  3. One of my favorite debates is whether Revolver or Academy Fight Song is better. It’s a win-win argument. You know PJ Harvey? She is similarly great. Check out Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

  4. I would say, of the two, that Academy Fight Song is a better ergometer song … but for pure hum along headbanging, it’s a draw

    I wonder which academy the fight song refers to?

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