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Thursday, February 20, 2003 :::
YOU MUST SEE AND HEAR THIS
I am not joking or making this up. The first "greatest cover of the year" and, for that matter, "greatest musical non-sequitur of the year" has to go to Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails (I really am not making this up). Not only is The Man In Black's version of this song brilliant, improving considerably on the original, but the video will floor you.
Click here to visit the Johnny Cash page and watch the video
::: posted by robert at 11:07 PM
THIN LIZZY - GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME?
Let me start by saying that I'm definitely off the reservation here, and that the views expressed herein are only those of the guitarist of The Boondoggles, and not of Billy or John (though they should be). I know most of you are accustomed to seeing the words "greatest band" preceded by, oh, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Boondoggles (oh wait, hallucinating again...).
Anyway, I defy anyone to go to the following link and play "Cowboy Song" (how great a title is that?) and tell me that Thin Lizzy does not belong amongst the exalted ranks of the Rock Gods. I mean, how many bands can pull off a line like "I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the train/Lord I'm just thinkin' about a certain female"
And if that doesn't convince you, you need only click on "The Boys Are Back In Town", the greatest guilty pleasure song of all time. Admit it - when you're in the car alone and it comes on the radio, you turn it up loud, really loud - don't you.....
Click Here To Listen and be Awed
Agree? Disagree? Click Here To Post Your Assent or Rebuttal
::: posted by robert at 10:34 PM
LOVE LETTERS AND HATE MAIL
My God, will Mardi Gras ever get here!? I'm so desperate for it that
seeing tourists walking around downtown wearing beads they bought on
Canal St. doesn't even bother me anymore...
I found myself waiting outside my house at 4:30 a.m. this morning just
so I could yell "Throw Me Something Mister!" to the guy that delivers
I have dyed my dog purple, green and gold...
Well, you get the picture. The good news is that it's ALMOST, FINALLY
here, and what better way to kick off the 2003 festivities than to head
to the world famous Rivershack Tavern after the Saturday parades?
(That's February 22, 2003 for those of you keeping score at home.)
We'll be starting up at the usual 10:00 time, and playing until we can
play no more. This epic set will be our only Mardi Gras appearance, as
we will be devoting our efforts for the remainder of the carnival season
to catching beads and, um, drinking until we can drink no more.
In parting, let's review a few of the official Boondoggle Mardi Gras
1. You may not wear beads TO a parade. You may only wear what you
catch AT the parade...
2. Buying beads is a felony and a mortal sin. Even going to Billy for
confession afterwards won't help you...
3. There is no crying in Mardi Gras. You cannot "take a night off",
nor is "I'm just drinking mineral water tonight" an option. Eye of the
4. Repeat after me: "Purple, Green and Gold really DO look good
5. He who catches the most beads wins. There are no exceptions to this
Remember, you have all of Lent to recover from this, so let's leave it
all on the playing field...
AND THE BEST REPLY TO DATE, RECEIVED FROM CALIFORNIA
It is so refreshing to receive e-mails like this. An entire city
devoted to the consumption of as much alcohol as possible in one week.
This type of fanatic devotion to set goals is precisely what this
country needs. Viva New Orleans!
CLICK HERE TO POST YOUR OWN THOUGHTS OR RANTINGS ABOUT MARDI GRAS
::: posted by robert at 1:48 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2003 :::
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::: posted by robert at 4:14 PM
HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT BOONDOGGLES RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE WEB:
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FROM THE TULANE HULLABALLOO CIRCA 1995
Out of the boondocks and into your home
by Jenni Readio - Staff Writer
As exotic as these guys look, it's little surprise that the Boondoggles feature such obscure instruments as electric guitar, bass, and drums.
T here are always bands recording new albums at nearby Sound Services here in New Orleans. Unfortunately, you might not have as much access to them as you'd like. Bands like Better than Ezra and Cowboy Mouth are just the latest to have been widely recognized beyond the city's borders. Like their counterparts have done in the past, The Boondoggles are emerging out of New Orleans clubs and into the homes of many.
You might not recognize the name, but you'll sure recognize the song. The Boondoggles hit, "You Know Where to Find Me," is currently playing across the air waves of America.
Their latest album, Every Dog Has Its Day, is loaded with similar upbeat contemporary rock 'n' roll tunes, unlike most new one-hit bands, where if you like the current popular release you'll like the band's entire album. The Boondoggles' sound consists of your typical electric guitar, vocals, bass and drums. Each instrument is balanced so you don't get too much guitar and not enough variation. The group's rhythm consists of light energetic tunes that do not tire out, making the Boondoggles a potentially great live band to check out when they play in town.
Other impresive tracks on the album include "Can't Undo What's Undone" and "At Least You're Not Alone." Both songs have catchy lyrics and addictive guitar rhythms, making them stand out on the album. Each vocalist (Robert Johnson and John Malone) has a crisp clear voice which adds to the general appeal of The Boondoggles' songs.
Bands like The Dave Matthews Band or Smashing Pumpkins utilize very unique vocalists to not only attract people to their music but also to give them an edge over the mass of other bands trying to use similar rhythms. This is not the case with The Boondoggles. They manage to separate themselves from similar contemporary bands with a combination of sound, lyrics and style.
Some may argue that contemporary bands are a dime a dozen; however, the Boondoggles carry a universal appeal that not only ensures a hit album, but a possibly successful rock 'n' roll future.
A SOMEWHAT MORE RECENT BLURB FROM THE TIPITINA'S WEBSITE
A bright future has this band in "2nd Heaven"
In 1994 The Boondoggles released their debut CD, Every Dog Has Its Day, on industry juggernaut Gulf Shrimp Records. The band found itself in the unprecedented position of having two songs, "Won’t Look Back" and "You Know Where To Find Me", placed in heavy rotation by B-97 and 106.1 The Zephyr, two major New Orleans FM radio stations. They played at Zephyrfest in front of an audience of 20,000 with acts like Bush and Matthew Sweet, and were also asked to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Following the release of their second CD 2nd Heaven The Boondoggles began branching out into different directions, playing acoustic shows and expanding the range of their original songs. The Boondoggles began recording their third CD, entitled Spark, in late 1999, and released it on November 3, 2000.
NOW THIS ONE IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE - WHERE WE GET DENOUNCED BY A BAND CALLED 'FEATHERBOX', WHOSE LEAD SINGER IS CALLED - GET THIS - 'DAMIEN YOUTH'
As radio friendly as we sounded the lyrics still questioned the existence of a God and when we played live we would do "REMEMBER ME" a song that allowed me to do improvisational spoken word, usually railing at christians, politics, society, people I don't like or talking openly about kinky sexual behavior. That's not radio friendly! We were not the BOONDOGGLES! or 3rd ECHO! I hate those bands! And we would always get booked with that kind of act. Our very last show I picked the bands I wanted to play with. ZOOM & STRAWBERRY PRESENTS. We went from drawing 150 sometimes 300 people to 12 PEOPLE that night! And most of them were with the other bands! I quit after that show, the only thing worse than being a whore is being a whore that no one wants to fuck! Or more accurately, they fuck you but refuse to pay up! I love whore analogies!".
HERE'S THE LINK FOR THAT! http://www.geocities.com/melodyfair69/DYfb.htm
PLEASE! WEIGH IN ON THIS ONE: CLICK HERE TO POST YOUR THOUGHTS
AND LEST WE FORGET, A SITE THAT DEMONSTRATES THE WONDER, HORROR AND BEAUTY OF THE INTERNET
(You've got to visit the site, since I can't copy the pictures - trust me, you'll be glad you did)
WHO'S GOT BETTER LEGS, ROBERT OR JOHNNY? CLICK HERE TO WEIGH IN ON THE ISSUE
::: posted by robert at 3:32 PM
Here's the link to one of our favorite bars, The Rivershack Tavern, where we'll be playing Saturday February 22, 2003. As is befitting a bar so closely associated with The Boondoggles, the events listings are from 2001.
::: posted by robert at 3:13 PM
Welcome to The Boondoggles Weblog, where you can read about all things, musical and otherwise, in the World of The Boondoggles. We'll be posting information and links regarding the band, as well as all other random stuff we think you need to know about
::: posted by robert at 3:04 PM