Rock-Bottom Remainders


Rock-Bottom Remainders

The Rock Bottom Remainders is a rock and roll band consisting of published writers, most of them both amateur musicians and popular English-language book, magazine, and newspaper authors. The band took its self-mocking name from the publishing term "remaindered book", a work for which the unsold remainder of the publisher's stock of copies is sold at a reduced price.

The band members include Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Heimel, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles, as well as ringers Sam Barry (brother of Dave) on harmonica and keyboards, Josh Kelly on drums, and Erasmo Paulo on saxophone. The original band members collaborated on a book about the band, "Mid-Life Confidential". Musical zelig and published author Al Kooper also was a member for some time.

History

The Remainders were founded by Kathi Kamen Goldmark in the early 1990s. Kathi was then a musician whose day job was in book publicity. Through this, she met many prolific authors. One day while driving one of the authors around she came upon the idea of making a band of them. It stuck. The Remainders' first performance was in 1992 at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California. A review of the concert, appearing in "The Washington Post" [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/washingtonp_article.htm] , claimed it was "the most heavily promoted musical debut since The Monkees."

The Remainders also played at the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. [http://www.davebarry.com/gg/halloffame.html]

Quotations

*"We play music as well as Metallica writes novels." -Dave Barry
**"Rock Bottom Remainders? Who the hell are they?" -Kirk Hammett, Metallica
*"Your band's not too bad. It's not too good either. Don't let it get any better, otherwise you'll just be another lousy band." -Bruce Springsteen
**"I picked up one of the two guitars I'd been using, and just as we were about to start, Stephen King tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'We have a special guest.' I turned around, and there was Bruce Springsteen. I still don't know how he came to be at this convention; I don't believe he's a bookseller. All I know is, he was picking up the other guitar. "My" guitar. 'Bruce,' I said to him. 'Do you know the guitar part to Gloria?' This is like asking James Michener if he knows how to write his name." - Dave Barry
*"People are throwing panties at you. They certainly never do that at my book-signings." -Matt Groening
*"There's an audience out there, and the key is to kick it in the ass." -Stephen King
*"Roy actually coined the term for our genre of music; hard-listening music." -Dave Barry

Concerts

*1992, Anaheim: American Booksellers Association convention
*1995, Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (opening)
*A version of the band with at the very least Barry and Albom and Ridley Pearson has also played at the Miami Book Fair

Guests

*Bruce Springsteen
*Roger McGuinn
*Warren Zevon
*Lesley Gore

ongs covered include

*"Rockaway Beach"
*"Louie Louie" (Matt Groening claims he uses the "explicit" interpretation of the lyrics and Dave Barry claimed that it was so filthy that the U.S. Constitution should be amended to prohibit it.)
*"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
*"If the House is a Rockin'..."
*"Gloria"
*"You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover"
*"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
*"Wild Thing" (In one broadcast of "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!", Barry revealed this song as a band inside joke since Roy Blount always mistimes his single vocal line: "You move me.")
*"In the Midnight Hour" (The Rock Bottom Remainders performed this song during an appearance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". Host Craig Ferguson — himself the best-selling author of "Between the Bridge and the River" — played the drums. Just before the performance, he joked that "the only reason [he] wanted to write a book was so that he could play with this band." Dave Barry was also the first guest on the show.)
*"You May Be Right"

Discography

Several RBR songs are featured on the double album "Stranger than Fiction" ("Don't Quit Your Day Job" Records), also featuring other noted authors' comic attempts at song. [http://www.dqydj.com/prod15.htm]

External links

* [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/ Official web site]
* [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/barry_article.htm A Dave Barry article about playing with Bruce Springsteen]


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