When it comes to live music, we miss everything. Great shows, terrible shows, shows where we stationed a video camera in the back of Cactus Club to record our set and then some guy stole the camera and stumbled out of the club and tried to hail a cab but the cab driver knew something was fishy and he yelled at the guy and the guy threw the camera in the bushes and it turned out the camera was recording the whole time and boy oh boy is the footage hilarious. Ahem.
Then there’s long-running Milwaukee group Sat. Nite Duets, who are missing the good and bad of being in a band, too. In the new video for “Attached To The Lamp”—the leadoff track of the group’s 2016 album Air Guitar—singer Joe Guszkowski takes a seat and rocks out with nothing but a lamp (natch) and “the books on my shelf and the shit on my walls.” Some of that shit turns out to be old photos and postcards from Sat. Nite Duets’ 10 years (!) of existence. Back when you could go outside!
The quarantined reminiscence culminates in these dead-on lyrics, which should be familiar to anyone who has ever played in a scrappy rock and roll band:
Maybe we could go back to Cleveland
and play for the sound guy and the other band
and the opening act got picked up by his dad
It’s happened before it’ll happen again
And yes, that’s the actual “sound guy/other band” Cleveland footage at the 1:14 mark.
Bless you, Sat. Nite Duets. Thank you for your 10 years of service. Let’s all get through this thing so you can deliver 10 more.