Ever find something in a drawer or the pocket of an old coat that you forgot even existed? I don't mean something that you'd misplaced and forgot you owned. Much more extreme than that, I'm talking about something that you just didn't remember anyone owned, much less you.
The other night, googling Greyhouse -- a band who, incidentally, there is nothing about on the web -- I came across this playlist from the Pat Duncan Show at WFMU. I heard one song from a live set Greyhouse did on the show in 1991 that I used to have on a third or fourth generation cassette copy, but have long since lost. In other words, something I'd misplaced and forgot I owned.
A few tracks after Greyhouse was a song by a band called Swig called 'She's Not There'. My heart just about stopped. In about 1994 or 1995, the bass player/guitarist in the band I was in (we switched off) turned me on to Swig with a tape he picked up at one of the band's shows. If memory serves, Swig played the Punk Rock Prom in North Jersey in 1994. I wasn't there, but friends of mine swore that Swig was the best thing since sliced bread. Other than knowing that they were from North Carolina -- and I could even be wrong about that -- and knowing that I loved what I heard, I knew nothing about Swig. I really wish I could tell you more about this band now, but I'm still at a loss.
Back to present day. Listening to the stream of the Pat Duncan Show, I nearly laughed water right out of my nose when he introduced the next song as Swiz, instead of Swig. Apparently, he hadn't listened to the Junior Samples Compilation the track was on before playing it, because I don't think it would be too easy to confuse the D.C. hardcore of Swiz with the Chapel Hill indie pop punk of Swig. Somewhere between the broadcast and the posting of the setlist, the error was recognized and appropriate credit was given.
But I've got to say I'm pretty damn happy the mistake was made. Hearing Swig a decade later was sort of like finding a $500 bill in a coat pocket. I'm pretty sure they don't really make $500 bills, but that's the point. An unexpected surprise of the best, most unexpectedly surprising kind.
She's Not There
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