september 6, luther wright & the wrongs
After Luther Wright & the Wrongs spent most of this year playing and re-playing their twanged-up versions of Pink Floyd's songs from The Wall, you'd think they'd be sick of the gag by now and would've moved on to something new. Apparently not. Even though the Kingston crew have a new album on the way, their set following Fred Eaglesmith at the Horseshoe Friday was still based on the beyond-tired country Floyd shtick. Enough already -- we give!
If you raised a glass or made a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich in honour of the recent 25th anniversary of Elvis's death, you can clear the egg off your face and make a frittata, because the joke's on you.
The king didn't kick it. He snipped it.
"I gave all kinds of clues that I planned to get a sex change," says ShElvis the TransvElvis, who appears at the Bovine Sunday night with Temptress. "Look at Viva Las Vegas! Listen to the words to Jailhouse Rock!"
She would have emerged sooner, but a tragic "accident" involving an out-of-control vibrating egg and an extraterrestrial named Winky, immediately following the operation, resulted in the now Queen believing she was Catherine the Great and spending the past 25 years working as a stablehand, ironically, not far from her birthplace.
It was the image of Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson on television that finally jolted the Queen out of her reverie. The memories flooded back and, realizing who (s)he truly was, "I had to come back and see that Lisa Marie married a real man."
Now that the Princess Presley is safely wed to a guy with a nose, Shelvis has turned her attentions to taking the show on the road.
"We incorporate the 50s and the 70s with a cool new-millennium sound," she says.
And life as a member of the fairer sex couldn't be better.
"It feels good to have shaved legs and wear pink panties."
Just like Wire hired a New Jersey-based tribute band, the Ex-Lion Tamers, as an opening act to perform tunes from the Pink Flag album that Wire themselves refused to play, the Mekons show at the Horseshoe Monday (September 16) will similarly feature a Mekons cover band, Howdy's Brother.
The mysterious local act making its stage debut is actually none other than former Lawn mainman Gord Cumming, who happens to be a Mekons nut, and an all-star selection of local-scene talent.
"The Sadies have been doing the Mekons songs on tour with the Mekons in the States," explains Cumming, "but for some reason they couldn't do the show in Toronto. So Dallas Good told Sally (Mekons singer Sally Timms) to get in touch with me about putting something together for the Horseshoe gig.
"This all just happened, so I called up a couple of pals, Fred Robinson (the Chickens), Patrick Conan (ex-Tricky Woo), Tom D'Arcy (the Carnations) and Mike Ryan, to work up some Mekons songs, mostly from their Rock 'N' Roll period.
"I think we'll also try a few Mekons-associated covers -- some stuff by Jackie DeShannon, Conway Twitty and Dusty Springfield. We'll see how it goes after the rehearsal. It's gonna be a lot of fun!"
And what about the Howdy's Brother handle?
"You know, we're Howdy Doody's brother, Heavy!"