Pop Rocks

22 May

Not long ago, I got a text during school hours from my older daughter. Here’s the actual exchange, taking all of 30 seconds:

I’m glad they don’t have a Thor donut … I bet you’d find long blond hair in the icing


Because if we eat them we will be as large as the Hulk


I shudder to think what the fillings are …


Go back to class dear …


And please stop shouting …

This is not dissimilar to a text I received a few days later:

How can so much fabulousness be contained in just one band?


In both cases, she was alerting me to something outrageously colorful and fantastically delicious we both adore that, sadly, I have to say “no” to. See, we can’t go to the Scissor Sisters‘ concert because already have tickets for another show that evening: The Hives, who are touring with a new album and making a stop in Pontiac.

Two great bands both playing the same night within a few miles of our leafy Michigan suburb … this is a good example of a First World Problem.

My daughter and I are pretty stoked to see our punky friends from Scandinavia. I had seen them on David Letterman several years back and was impressed by their sound–screaming, bouncy garage rock–and their look–all dressed the same, always in black and white. And what great stage names, although I do wonder how “Howlin’ Pete Almqvist” and “Nicholaus Arson” sound in Swedish. Once “Tick Tick Boom” exploded over a montage of action movies at the 2009 Academy Awards, we became avid fans. We got a copy of Veni Vidi Vicious and settled in to listen to the album. Thirty minutes later, it was done. The Ramones are a jam band by comparison.

The best thing to come out of Sweden since Ikea meatballs …

But it’s killing us that we will miss our flamboyant friends from New York for the second time. When Scissor Sisters came to town two years ago between tour stops on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, we stayed home to watch the Oscars instead. I figured we were substituting one gay-friendly entertainment experience for another, but it was hardly an even exchange. (The 2011 Academy Awards, hosted by dissolute James Franco and overeager Anne Hathaway, was so terrible they did the impossible: screw up the In Memorium segment.) I’m still kicking myself.

Scissor Sisters burrowed into my brain in the summer of 2004, when “Take Your Mama” came out, rainbow flag a-flying. The song sounds like it was crafted by Elton John in full-feathered regalia: truly groovy and unforgettable. As colorful as The Hives are monochrome, the band’s showmanship and style ensures their concerts are a hoot and a half … not that I’d know from personal experience … kick, kick, kick …

There may be hope. My daughter raised a good point: if The Hives’ concert is as short as their albums, perhaps we can do both shows in one night.

If you’re seeing The Hives on June 27, see you there … and if you’re seeing Scissor Sisters that night, tell me all about it!

See you on the flip side …

9 Responses to “Pop Rocks”

  1. pamhoughton May 23, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Well, I might be hip after all. It seems I’ve known about The Hives longer than you! Harumph! Doesn’t mean I have their album or attended their concert, only that I’ve downloaded a song or two of theirs on my iPod. They make good work-out music. The Scissor Sisters, on the other hand, I’m not that well acquainted with. But judging from your photo, I love their colorful style. 🙂

    • lpon45 May 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      Glad you like the Almqvist Brothers’ little combo! I had no doubt you were hip to begin with.

  2. Jen A. May 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I tried to like Scissor Sisters. It just didn’t work for me! Great post, though.

    • lpon45 May 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      I have a feeling that a little Scissor Sisters goes a long way … still it would be fun to be able to see them in the flesh. Thanks for reading!

  3. Tom Doyle May 28, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    We’re also going to see the Hives on this tour–let me know what you think after the show.

    • lpon45 May 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Will do – we’ll compare notes

  4. Jason Wendleton June 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I want to thank you for letting me know a new Hives record was coming out. I had no idea!

    • lpon45 June 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

      I was pretty excited, too … it’s been too long since they’ve done new material


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