03.01.07 – Annapolis, MD

That’s our band, backstage with a 7-week old golden retriever puppy at the Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis Maryland, where we had an afternoon show today. Have you ever tried playing music to a crowd while there’s a 7-week old golden retriever puppy in the room? It’s not possible. No matter how loud you play, no matter how abusive you appear to be to yourself, you are no longer the center of attention. If puppy were to waddle up on stage during the show to visit the drummer, I would stop what I was doing, put down the sticks, and pet the puppy. Naturally. The other members of my band would turn around to see what happened to the beat, notice the puppy, and likewise put their instruments down to play with him. The show would be over. People would leave, but only if the puppy left first.

Even Scooter, who is the drum tech equivalent of a puppy, can’t compete with such a powerful force. Not even while holding Capitaine Crounche cereal up for the camera. We’re over your schtick, Scooter, with the oversized basketballs, Dippin’ Dots, and Canadian bilingual cereal boxes. It’s puppy-time.

Years ago, very much aware of the power of the puppy, we devised a brilliant, cash-cow-of-a-t-shirt that would help us crossover into the world of fashion alongside Puff Daddy, Wu-Tang, and Hillary Duff…

The Guster fashion revolution began with this legendary piece of merchandise… a cute puppy with a bow around its neck, under a christmas tree, with our band’s name clearly visible in the upper left corner. It is no longer for sale but hopelessly still in stock. The puppy shirt was the worst-selling Guster t-shirt of all time, with the exception of course of this one:

The Thundergod shirt, featuring yours truly in a burning ring of fire. And now it all comes full circle. Scroll back up to that photo of Guster with the golden retriever and you’ll notice that there’s still one person out there wearing the Thundergod shirt.

Wait, two people. My dad wears his to the gym.

Irony. Here I am after the DC show with the guy that made the Alf video in the Scooter For A Day contest. Check out our blurry t-shirts.

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