So, one of the things I do to maintain a long distance relationship is read my girlfriend bedtime stories, poetry, etc. I mean, why should that stop just because you're no longer a kid? Anyway, the current read is Gordon Korman's over the top rock story classic Who Is Bugs Potter - which comes with musical accompaniment thanks to the wonders of iTunes.
Help! I need some reader suggestions via the Winds of Change.NET comments section, as Bugs unknowingly builds himself a frenzied fan base by jamming with his rock idols. Slots like:
- Dorchester Melon: British group who come onto the stage in a foggy pink mist. Lead singer Roger. Thought of Floyd or Roger Waters, but the drums just aren't there. 2 songs needed, an opener without Bugs and a second act opener that leads with a long drum solo. Help!
- Toast: The outfit descriptions are a bit Village People for my taste, but then the book was written in 1980 and Korman probably couldn't resist at least one joking reference. Only need one song for them... I thought of joining the joke with Thin Lizzy's S&M from Black Rose: A Rock Legend. The title fits the outfits, there's an interesting parallel with Bugs' hilarious attempted courting of movie star Bibi Lanay, and the drums are pretty good. But it doesn't rock over the top. Suggestions appreciated.
- Plankton: This one is hard. Strong underwater theme to their songs, but I can dispense with that if needed. No, the hard part is Bugs' 15-minute drum solo (it doesn't have to be 15-minutes, but a drum solo would be good) and continuous, relentless, whirlwind drumming throughout the second set. Ideally, it should almost sound like a band trying to keep up with a drummer - which happens live, but doesn't usually make it to albums. Need 2-3 songs: 1 pre-Bugs, 1-2 to represent the second set.
Other song pairings & playlists for the book have included: