October 19, 2005

What's In A Name?

The commute home was a pain. Why? Cos it was nearly impossible to get my big 'ol head into the car. Seriously, I wasn't in any way, shape or form whoring for compliments with that last post. But that's what I got. And I sincerely thank each and every one of you for sharing your thoughts with me. I think its important, at times, to see yourself as others see you. So, thanks. You all are the bestest ever.

One thing a few of you asked about was the name of the site. Would you believe it was my first band's name? Yep, that's right. We played mostly covers and we really and truly sucked due, in large part, to the fact that we weren't talented. I think three of us knew how to play the piano and two of us could find our way around a drum set. All other instruments were somewhat foreign concepts yet vital unless we wanted to form the world's first five-piece drum-piano band. And while I'm all for innovative musical concepts (I'd really like to find a way to fuse disparate musical forms like hardcore bluegrass or thrash polka), I don't think that would have caught on. Needless to say, Rude Cactus didn't rocket to the top of the charts. Hell, there were no charts. There were but a few crappy covers of Zeppelin, Stones and Doors songs (and for the record, I was against covering the Doors but I was outvoted) and, perhaps, a few hastily written songs that sounded exactly like Zeppelin, Stones or Doors songs (again, I was against) but utilized the f-bomb with a hitherto unknown musical frequency. But Rude Cactus didn't last long nor did we make much of an impact on the Texas music scene.

And there you have it. The story of Rude Cactus.

Posted by Chris at October 19, 2005 7:23 PM

I knew about the band, but I still don't know if you were the lead singer. Were you?
You should let us listen to some of that music one of these days, that would be too cool.

Posted by: ava at October 19, 2005 7:38 PM

Dude, you totally used up all your compliment vouchers for like a year!!

And I am sure my high school boyfriend's band sucked worse than Rude Cactus did!

Posted by: Ms. Q at October 19, 2005 7:43 PM

I missed yesterday's lovefest!! So here's my opinion of "Rude Cactus":

A narcissistic, ethnocentric, person who has an over-inflated sense of self and, unfortunately, believes the world revolves around himself.

Posted by: Grace at October 19, 2005 8:17 PM

OK, so it was the name of your first band...but how did you pick that name for the band? You see how deep I'm getting here?

Posted by: angela marie at October 19, 2005 9:12 PM

Gosh Grace you are a bitch if you don't love him like the rest of us don't read his freaking blog!!!

Posted by: Britters at October 19, 2005 9:47 PM

Are you FROM Texas? Or is Beth? Because this is the second post across both of your sites in under a month that mentions ties to Texas.

Posted by: Emily at October 19, 2005 9:48 PM

You know, upon reading that...I think I do remember you mentioning that somewhere, sometime..heh.

Thanks :)

Posted by: jen at October 19, 2005 10:31 PM

I sometimes have a hard time believe you could have ever lived in Texas. No offense to all Texans here....but I guess I can't see you as one of them.

Off to start the day, travelling...fun....sorta

Posted by: wn at October 20, 2005 4:14 AM

If I named my site after my old band no one would get it unless they had a mirror.

Posted by: dragonlady474 at October 20, 2005 4:34 AM

Too bad about the band. But then we'd all be deprived of your very fine blog I'm sure. It is a really good name for a band though...

Posted by: Nat at October 20, 2005 7:34 AM

How bizarre. I had a dream last night that I had a Rude Cactus 2 cd set. And I had no idea about the band until just now.

Posted by: Boutros at October 20, 2005 7:59 AM

Suuure you weren't fishing for compliments. :-)

Posted by: Fraulein N at October 20, 2005 9:24 AM

You totally need to work on that "thrash polka" thing. That would be *awesome*.

Posted by: Dawnie at October 20, 2005 11:52 AM

and a rock star on top of all of your other achievements?? very cool

Posted by: Betty at October 20, 2005 6:03 PM