The nice thing about this week between the holidays is that you can catch up on a lot of things…back e-mail, touching base with people, and going through things that haven’t been attended to for some time.
Which is why I’m belated telling you about an Icicle sighting (or sounding). And perhaps why I didn’t see this coming.
When I was at Indiana University in the early ’80s, John Mellencamp (Johnny Cougar back then) came out with his first LP and had the hit single “Hurts So Good.” He was a southern Indiana boy and spent time in the Hoosier epicenter of cool, Bloomington.
My college roommate worked at the B. Dalton bookseller in College Mall, which was right next to RecordTown. More often than not, Mellencamp was outside the record store, chain smoking, talking about his record deal and signing autographs. We could have hung out with him, but we didn’t think he was cool enough. That was during my misguided and unfortunate “Hall and Oates” phase. Years later, when “Scarecrow” came out and he was John Mellencamp and singing about middle America, we realized we’d missed our chance to have a cool, famous friend. And there we were in the cheap seats at the New World Music Theatre in Chicago when better judgment could have landed us backstage passes.
Greg on the Communications Team is a member of several bands, notably The Icicles and Truck Stop Cobras. An Icicles tune from their second CD, A Hundred Patterns, is now featured in a Motorola phone ad. The Grand Rapids Business Journal detailed the deal labout the song “Sugar Sweet” ast month. I haven’t been able to make it to any of their live shows, but I do have their CD and would love to see them live for the indie-pop tunes and the matching outfits.
I like “Sugar Sweet” but I never would have guessed it would become the soundtrack for a cell phone ad. Which is why I’m probably destined to be a trend follower rather than spotter. And why I may catch up this week and next, but probably won’t ever get ahead of things like this!