24) Favorite ex-band member
Dan Hickey! Because he was the drummer when I started going to shows and I associate him with that wonderful time in my life. Because I love the concept of the “Band of Dans.” Because when my friends and I were at the 20th anniversary show in Central Park and we were wandering around before it he saw it and he winked at us and we were like “…WAS THAT DAN HICKEY AND DID HE JUST WINK AT US???” Because he was always really nice to me. BECAUSE:
23) Have you ever met a member of the band?
My answer to this is basically, “Yeh, so?” The band is perfectly nice guys (well, I actually haven’t met Marty but I’ve heard he is too) and they’re capable enough musicians and all but they have exactly zero to do with why I love TMBG and I would be perfectly happy if it had never stopped being just The Johns, or even happier. I mean no disrespect to the band, but so long as The Johns are writing all the songs (and no I do NOT count kids’ shit so don’t even bring that up) they are going to be the ones making me love this band so much.
too old to be this cute, exhibit 1A
Martyyyyyy Dannnyyyyyyy *squishes both faces*
DANNY SINCE WHEN DID YOU WEAR LINNELLIAN GLASSES I’M CONFUSINGLY ATTRACTED TO YOU NOW UGH WHAT IS THIS
(I mean Danny is always a fine-lookin’ man. But DAMN. It’s kind of ridiculous the response I have to that particular style of glasses.)
Marty has a new bass drum logo courtesy of the Office of Paul Sahre!
The unflattering shirt award goes to John Linnell
I’m going to choose to focus on the GLASSES and the fact that his hair actually looks reasonably good, thanks, otherwise I’ll CRY.
One of my great dreams in life is to be at a show where John Linnell takes his shirt off on stage. I mean, with one on underneath, I’m not being wholly unrealistic here. Maybe it’s ridiculous but I would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fucking excited just by the concept of WATCHING HIM REMOVE CLOTHING, even if I didn’t actually get to see any skin. It would make it so much easier to picture in my fantasies. I’ve been at two shows where he was wearing a long-sleeved shirt at the beginning and a t-shirt later, but he snuck off stage to do it both times. But even that made me very excited—“MAYBE HE ACTUALLY TOOK HIS LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT OFF, MAYBE HE WAS SHIRTLESS IN MY VICINITY, EVEN IF I DIDN’T GET TO SEE HIM, OH MY GOD.” So actually getting to see what it looks like when he takes a shirt off? Yeh, I can’t even IMAGINE.
I was discussing this with Ant a bit ago and he told me that at the show he went to in Asbury Park last summer John took his shirt off ON STAGE, but he hid behind the drum riser to do it, which is pretty goddamn adorable. So shyyyyyyyyyy. He was like, “It wasn’t that big a deal, he had another shirt on underneath!” and I was like “EVEN JOHN THINKS IT WAS A BIG DEAL OR HE WOULDN’T HAVE HIDDEN.” And I was like “Tell me allllllllll the details about what it’s like when John takes his shirt off—was he all careful about it, or did he do it all quickly? Tell me everything you noticed, THIS IS IMPORTANT” and he was like “I wasn’t really paying attention.” HOW COULD YOU NOT PAY ATTENTION TO SUCH A THING??? Anyway, John put his shirt on the drum riser after, which is what this picture is.