The night I met Dan Baker and Matt Stevenson for the
first time (Matt and Dan were meeting for the first time too) was at a place
called St. George's, on 7thStreet off of South, upstairs, in late '99. The
Buckery Brothers were playing (separately), among others. There was a huge
lightning storm that night, and, providentially, St. George's upstairs had a skylight. It was
the best show I ever saw Dave Buckery play, and even he seemed happy with it. I
not only got drenched walking home, I didn't feel a thing.
A few of the This Charming Lab shows in 2000 took place
at Doc Watson's. After one of them, Gaetan and Richard (from Metro at the time)
disappeared abruptly. Gaetan told me later- they got picked up by two girls and
taken to Wildwood or SeaIsleCity.
Gaetan was carrying H around with him. The combination of H and fatigue made it
so that, at the girls' hotel (or hostel), Gaetan mysteriously
"floated" (i.e. fell) down the stairs, and Gaetan and Richard were
ejected unceremoniously. As usual, they found miraculous means to float back to
At Gaetan's 28th b-day party, in 2004, at his studio at
13th and Carpenter, someone suggested we should all undress, so we did. A
bottle of Stoli was being passed around. I decided to outdo everyone (knowing
they thought me a lightweight) and do about eight shots at once. As Al Pacino
said in "Carlito's Way," "bad start, Jack." I was flying
high for about fifteen minutes, and then got hit with a wall of intense nausea.
I dressed quickly, and managed to walk all the way from13th and Carpenter to
21st and Race without vomiting. And then vomited all night.
Gaetan also had a Mardi Gras party @ some time in the
early Aughts when he lived on4th Street between South and Bainbridge. Liz
McDermott from the Bats spent the night whining about H and some project she
was working on with Greg Foreman. I always thought Greg should be incarcerated
for aping Ron Wood. The party was memorable to me because Gaetan had a
bull-horn, and because his flat was on the second floor, we could harass
passers by with impunity. He used the line from "Naked Gun"-
"Please disperse, there is nothing to see here. Please disperse..."