Lemonie Fresh is a terrific DJ, and so is Miss Riot. That said, given the choice, I will take a live band over record spinners any day.
Turns out that Fresh Riot turned out to be a parody ad for their DJ gig, not an announcement for an upcoming debut gig. At least I wasn't the only one at the Foundation disappointed that we didn’t have a two-piece of grrlpunk action in that back room.
Lemonie Fresh attempts to explain: "Well, it was supposed to be a parody of the Quiet Riot album cover." Uh, girlfriend, your market generally isn't familiar with Quiet Riot, and plus, you didn't even parody the definitive Quiet Riot album. And even though you used the right font to parody that QR composite photo, it's the same font you've used for your own, non-parody stuff. The fact that I met four people who were as naïve as I to think you were really gonna play live musical instruments points to the wisdom of being careful with parody, it might come back to smack you in the keyster.
"Look, I'm really sorry," she said, and it was then I realized she thought that I was really ticked off. Not at all. Disappointed, yes (and to a nice Catholic girl, a sigh of disappointment can be much worse than a burst of righteous anger, believe me) but not ticked off. After all, I did get to go out child free for an hour or so, enjoy a nice microbrew, shoot the breeze with some friendly Foundation patrons, and find yet more wonderful Tiki detail at that place. (It's like it’s the Mini Museum of Tiki Adornament there.).
But still, here's the heartbreaking part, Lemonie Fresh isn't even learning how to play the drums, much less be ready for a gig anyway. She's still considering moving from guitar to bass and we still don't know when we'll hear her playing music rather than just spinning it.
Oh, I am so disappointed. [wringing hands wrapped with a rosary I picked up at Goodwill]. Where did I go wrong? Have I not inspired grrls through my clumsy guitar playing that its all about chutzpah, you don't necessarily have to be any good??!?!? Some "veteran punkster" I am. I can't even inspire a good guitar player to drop everything and get behind a trap set. Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
On the bright side, a DJ night with Lemonie Fresh and Miss Riot is never a waste of time.
But still. I was looking for two piece grrl riot, Fresh style. I think she and Miss Riot should form a band, call it Fresh Riot, and be some godawful mix of feminist glam metal punk garage cacophony influenced by both Bikini Kill and Quiet Riot. Wouldn't you pay good money for that?