Two chords and the truth


Beto O’Rouke clip from 1994 — that’s the year I started producing concerts, with Mudwimin and Oxbow — and the year Nirvana broke — with a future member of At The Drive In and Mars Volta — supposedly pissing all over their opportunity in protest of the right wing antics of their local TV show host.

To me this is not just Senatorial but Presidential.

Bob Lefsetz indirectly hipped me to this – or inspired me to search for it — in that he praises Beto but calls him wimpy and nerdy. Dude, what band were you in, in 1994. Weren’t you sucking major label dick?

Also, I wanted to send him Rachel Garlin and Julie Wolfe, with an original bluesy ditty (think “Blue State” i.e. liberal) about wishing they could vote for Beto because they relate to him because he’s a musician.

I said to Lefsetz: He was At The Drive In while you were souled out (nicer way of saying “SELL OUT”).

I said to youtube: Three chords and the truth. Well, ok, two chords. (In actuality, I don’t know if any of those sounds are chords; but to me it is currency of the land for 1994 indie rock; and I don’t know if Beto is the guy in the suit or the skinny guy. Someone said: bass

But yeah I’ve been saying locally for 10 years that policy needs at least an artist if not an indie rocker.

Do you punk?

(Also, Mac MacCaughan of Superchunk and Merge Records went to Columbia, as did Beto O’Rourke. To what extent did their worlds overlap? I presume Mac is Blue not Red but I’d like to know what he thinks, even in retrospect of Foss or what they actually sound like. This tape is like that of the Beatles playing “Little Piece of Leather” at a soundcheck. Little piece of leather not quite written by SF’s Stella Brooks –or Peetie Wheatshaw.)



O’Rourke, who used to quiz his sister about the Beatles as a child, fell in love with punk in eighth grade when he listened to the Clash’s London Calling for the first time. The record, he said, was “a revelation.” He would go on to become a devoted fan, in high school, of Dischord Records — the D.C.-based indie labeled founded by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson.

“I was into Minor Threat, I was into the Rites of Spring,” O’Rourke recalls. But more than just the bands, it was Dischord’s whole ethos that appealed to him, an angsty teen. “They started their own label, they pressed their own records, they wrote their own songs, they booked their own tours and they set conditions, like: you’re not gonna pay more than five bucks to come into this show. You’re not gonna pay more than 10 bucks for this record. Our shows are gonna be all ages, everybody can come in.”

By that time, O’Rourke had secured a scholarship to an elite boarding school in Virginia, where he would hole up in his room with the latest issue of the punk zine Maximum Rock & Roll and the latest Dischord release. “The record would come in the mail and there would be a nice note from someone at Dischord Records, like Hope you enjoy it!,” O’Rourke remembers.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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