the Beat Farmers

the Beat Farmers
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From "Alt-Rock-A-Rama" published by Rolling Stone Press

Editor's note: On November 8, 1995, the unforgettable Country Dick Montana-drummer, vocalist and chief hell-raiser with San Diego's Beat Farmers-died with his boots on, onstage in front of a sold-out crowd. This is the code he lived by.

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Hi! I'm Country Dick Montana and I get paid to act like I'm eleven! I just finished a six-week tour of Canada and the Midwest and I can't wait to get back out there in those un-airconditioned vans full of hungover Beat Farmers filling the air with involuntary responses to the outrageously violent ride (bad roads, worse shocks) while constantly arguing about some music you hate that's distorting the crappy little speakers that cut out on every bump after zero sleep 'cause we had to leave real early to be interviewed on the radio by some dickhead that got stuck covering for the one guy who's ever heard of us who split 'cause his dog was havin' puppies and he's got the only copy of our product that anyone's ever seen so we climb back in the van and Joey snaps the base of the passenger seat in half which inspires a cry of "I told you that would happen, you fuck!" and most of my fresh whopper to miss most of his face and splatter 'cross the driver's side of the van Jerry washed just this morning as we head down to the border to enjoy our four-hour momentum break while the bastards rifle through every square inch a few more times than they need to make us miss the soundcheck for where we star tonight as the only "non-local heavy metal" band but Rolle, seeking more distinction, takes so much Valium he can't remember pushin' me into the black hole at the side of the stage where they were on the other side but luckily the corner of the monitor board stepped in to break my fall and crack a rib which I knew bummed out my kidneys 'cause they were workin' the first two weeks of this tour but had finished passin' the stone two days before I met this rib that just 'bout cried thinkin' of how much fun they all coulda had workin' me together in that van...Ahh...But enough about me...Let's get you packed!

Crack open a beer. Grab that suitcase and listen up, 'cause this is important: always assume that whatever you take you out there will be lost, broken, or stolen. So leave all your precious items buried in the yard (and don't forget where).

All right, toss all your medical supplies, vitamins, lotions, sprays-whatever's in the bathroom-into a suitcase. Be sure to include every single pain killer you can get yer hands on! Don't ask-take! Trust me, it's worth the bitching out.

You will also need:

1 million cassettes and CDs (124,712 for misplacing; 91,039 for givin' away; 380,000 for thieves; 250,000 for breakage; 197,457 for throwin' out windows; 4 for playin'; rest for layin' 'round the floor)

All your clothes

1 cheap camera that your roommate probably won't even miss

2 rolls of duct tape

Most of a roll of somebody's stamps

1 rabbit's foot, 1 mojo bag, and 1 suitcase full of good luck candles

2 comfortable shoes

Everybody's sedatives

A copy of the "Beat Farmers' Bowl Report" - a detailed rating of North American rest rooms in categories ranging from acoustics to seat condition and water temperature. It'll become your best friend.

1 Swiss army knife

4 skin mags

An ice chest

2 pairs of sunglasses, 1 to hunt around for several times a day and 1 to replace the ones that just blew off when ya stuck yer dumb head out the van window

1 "Do not disturb" sign

5 international symbols for radioactivity

A condom

Some Super Glue and an extra large, all-purpose rock-solid alibi.

Bonus tip-if you're flying, pack a load of liquor into your carry-on before arriving at the airport!

Do:

  1. Remember which states currently hold "immature" (under seven years of age) warrants for your arrest.
  2. Drink the local brew-and love it!
  3. Practice peeing in Bud bottles and shitting without sitting.
  4. Know how to say "rest room," "bar," "taxi," and "hospital" in the tongue of wherever the hell you are.
  5. Have the front desk refund you the $1.80 you may lose to that vending machine, now that you've got it.
  6. Be in a country and western band whenever you get pulled over. It also helps to have an older brother suspended from the Chicago force for driving around town with his partner's suspected killer cuffed to the back bumper, and dig this: in the South, you can drink and drive naked in a carved ivory convertible with SATAN LOVES YOU painted on the sides and a senior citizen tied to the hood if you're related to the quarterback. So be that.
  7. Save your receipts.

Do not:

  1. Write any songs about being "on the road."
  2. Even think about getting laid in England.
  3. Open the mini bar.
  4. Order spaghetti at Denny's.
  5. Pee on toilet seats (I will find you!)
  6. Tell Mojo Nixon your room number
  7. Direct morning rush-hour traffic in Omaha with your pants around your ankles.
  8. Leave your crack pipe on the dash.
  9. Take souvenirs from the crypt of a voodoo queen-remember that zombies are even worse drivers than drunks.
  10. Ask a cop where the nearest drive-thru liquor store is, what it's gonna take to get a message through his thick skull, how long the Village People have been broken up, or for change back from your five dollar bribe.
  11. Use someone else's bus sock.
Random advice:
  1. Harness the power of the guest list! It can cover your forgetful ass by being stocked with celebrities ("Of course, I put you on the list! Just tell 'em you're Nancy Reagan and John Wayne Bobbit!") and save your money ("How much would it be if I put you + 2 on the list?").
  2. The party's in the roadies' room.
  3. The sketchier you are, the better you'll look in artist's renderings.
  4. You should be able to see more than just your face in the rearview mirror.
  5. Onstage only play half of your most popular song and act all compromised about it in an English accent that's regularly dropped, and be clear about nothing except your genius and worshipability.
  6. In interviews, remember to drift off in mid sentence, avoid eye contact by three to four inches, go to the bathroom for half an hour at least once, refuse to answer questions concerning your name, place, and date of birth, weight, height, and one more thing selected at randomand emotionally produce a photo of a dog that died when you were four. In England you should be from Texas and animatedly hostile towards these "tea-timin', sync-lipped lard feeders" that won't let you have a gun 'cause they're "wimpy-whiny-wipers of royal weenie-wackage that couldn't handle a drive-by drum machine memory bank trashing!" In the rest of Europe, just be from Texas.
  7. For a duration-length, maid-free environment, combine surprise and high volume with a pottymouth tizzyfit highlighted by agressive nudity.
  8. Even if you don't drink and hate tomato juice-start each day with a bloody Mary! You'll see.
Dealing with your accommodations:

Always demand a room on the top floor, and quickly establish yourself as the biggest problem in the joint (minor and even major problems mean nuthing to a total disaster!). If you are not the biggest problem on the premises, then you're probably up against a preexisting condition of considerable nastiness.

It is wrong to purposely damage your room or anything in it. However, if management and staff are evil, or you realize that your room sits above violated burial grounds, then what you need is a project of untraceable origin to keep your mind clear of "bad things."
(Note: Do not try this at home!)

March to the market and pick up a zip-lock baggie and one whole, uncleaned fresh fish. Now, return to your room and place your uncleaned and securely zip-locked tight aquatic bomb behind the grill of the Time-Release Natural Disaster Storage Unit (a.k.a. the Heater Vent). Mother Nature will take over from here, as she proves that although Fishy may be quite dead, he's still not quite done!. And sure enough, after a feverish week or so of super-natural gas-accelerated frenzy, the highly pressurized action becomes uncontainable in a dramatically explosive manner so sensorily devastating that even evil gets the hell out!

Of course, you'll be long gone by that time, or at least you'd better be! It's checkout time, so haul ass!!


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