Brand X on New Year’s

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.


I had a very busy New Year’s Eve lined up in 1995. First, I was supposed to house manage a dinner theater show for Ken. Then, I would sing a few songs as part of a Brand X show at JonMartin’s basement. Finally, I would travel to see the girl who was about to be my girlfriend up in Haverhill. If I was lucky, I would make it through the day alive.

There’s not much to tell about the dinner theater show, except that it went relatively smoothly and there was a pretty packed house. I did my thing and then KenMills and I drove back to JonMartin’s to do the show. The band was waiting for us. We were running late and they were annoyed we’d had to do this crap at all.

The set-list for the show went like this:

  1. Man On The Moon (REM)
  2. Fearless (?)
  3. Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
  4. Faded Memories (Martin/Mills, Johnson)
  5. Dominated Love Slave (Green Day)
  6. Satin (Martin, Mills, Johnson, Clark)
  7. Country Feedback (REM)
  8. Goodbye Cruel World (?)

The things I remember about the show are sparse. By the end of the house-managing gig I already had a massive headache. I suppose it was good I only sang on one song out of the eight and did very little on any of the others.

It does make me wonder what the point of me being in the band was at this point. I sat in the corner for most of the damn show.

The New Year came while we were playing. I’m not sure what song it was. I do think, however, that it might have been Beth the Bassist, our future bass player, who let us know. It was her or one of her friends, I think. There weren’t many people at the show.

That’s about it. After the gig, I got out of there quickly and headed up to Haverhill to see Louann.