Hot Cha – Not recognizing the song written about me

My brother very generously gave the communes two dozen free tickets and back stage passes to his show last night in Cville.  The Acorners and Oakers loved it.  Some attendees were repeat offenders from last years show.

The band played it’s only platinum album Flood, for most of the show.  And on this album is the song Hot Cha, which is the most clearly-about-me song my brother has written. The lyrics of Hot Cha were written (i believe) in response to my disappearance from contact with my parents for much of 1982.  My brother and i often played the game Derby Day when we were little and Hot Cha was horse number two and my favorite.  Despite his claims otherwise, i am clear that this song on the Flood album is about me.

Derby Day Horses

Derby Day Horses

The funny thing is that i told Mac that this song was about me just before the show and when it started playing she said “This is your song!”.  But i did not really recognize it.  At first this struck me as odd.  Here is this song, written by my brother, on his most famous album, which is about me and i don’t even recognize it.  That seems lame.

But really, i am not that big a fan of my brothers music (i do appreciate their theatrics) and it turns out that i dont know most of this album.  And he does not know my stuff, so it seemed fair that i might not be paying super careful attention to this critical media.

Before the show we bumped into Olivia in front of the Jefferson Theater with her TMBG t-shirt on, excited about the show – i had never met Olivia before this evening.  The conversation turned to the point where i admitted that my brother was in the band and Olivia said “You must be Pax”, which is i think the first time that someone has identified me by name for this connection.  I was so excited i gave her one of our back stage passes.

This band does not wear ties often - and has not had a line up change in 10 years.

This band does not wear ties often – and has not had a line up change in 10 years.

When the show was over, we went thru the strange underground tunnels that lead to where the bands relax.  The woman in the wheel chair from Louisa who i had worked on a local campaign with me, who i donated tickets to, could not come with us to the back stage party, which made me sad.

As is often the case, my brother was gregarious and generous.  The commune hippies descended like locust on the food and drink in the back stage area.  When we left half an hour later it was all but gone.  We talked a bit about his coming tour to Australia, about angry audience vibe in Cville and other places. I also reminded him that he was completely right in his political forecast about Obama’s re-election.  In May of 2012 he had forecasted “people will be surprised how much he wins by”.  When i congratulated him on this forecast he was both dismissive (“could the Republicans have chosen a worse candidate?)” and quick to follow up with a new forecast for the coming two years.

“The Republican Party has opened a Pandora’s box of troubles which will ultimately tear the party apart.   The Tea Party and other wingnuts will crash it within two  years.”  I am doubtful, but i thought Obama was going to be much closer than he was, so i will suspend disbelief.

Mac, Maddy and brother John – April 10 2013

He talked about his work to stop fracking, his insights into NY Governor Cuomo’s completely political nature (“he has no moral compass.” John said)  and the unexpected  popularity of their coming Australia trip.

Having evaporated the food, my crew left the green room of the Jefferson theater without Olivia, who lingered behind in the place she always wanted to be.


Since there seems to be a bunch of TMBG fan traffic to this post, i should perhaps go more into detail about my contention that this song was written about me, since there is at least some dispute about it.  The song refers to the first time Hot Cha went away a float island was his home.  A pretty clear reference to the time i spent hitching on sailboats across the Pacific.

In the original Hot Cha video (which seems now to have been pulled from You Tube)  i am told there was a phone with “PAX” on the center of the rotary dial.

My brother certainly feels some affinity for the prodigal son story in light of my disappearance and we did eat fondue together when we were growing up, which is a bit of an odd food choice.

Okay, enuf parasiting off my brothers fame, on to other adventures.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

12 responses to “Hot Cha – Not recognizing the song written about me”

  1. Seby (aka Twigsy) says :

    Sweet! Glad you all had a great time. After you mentioned your brother, I had fun trying to figure out which guy it was, based on who looked the most like you. I had decided it was one of the Johns, but couldn’t figure out which, so thanks for the picture! 😉 I’ve always enjoyed TMBG (as a kid of the 80s). While not my favorite band… (of course, pinning down a ‘favorite band’ is something I’ve always resisted) I enjoy their music. Sounds like the yearly gig is something to look forward to for everyone involved and I’m glad to see that the band is still so active.

    • paxus says :

      My critique of my brother has never been his work ethic. The year Flood was released they did something like 280 live shows, leading one critic to call them the hardest working band in rock and roll.

      My brother is the John who does not look like me, but he very much acts like me. Pushy, arrogant, interrupting people and some think charismatic and charming in it.

  2. richard w. lisko says :

    Have you ever read Pale Fire by V. Nabokov?

    Loved your post about the pant less party. I imagine everyone wearing skirts.

    Though you only mentioned the beginning of WWII I thought of a comedian saying the greatest fallacy taught in schools is that the world war ended.

    Learned this weekend that the peace sign everyone uses was the sign for victory at the “end” of the war. The sign taught to me is with the two fingers together: unity.

    • paxus says :

      JBird – i have not read Nabokov – tho he taught at Cornell and said at one point “Cornell students think all trees are Oak trees” and this would have described em well while i was there (Shal now has helped me learn before climbing them).

      Appreciating your commitment to Unity and know that you are welcome back to Acorn anytime you want to come.

  3. cardin seabrook says :

    hmmm audience vibe (at a TMBG concert?) interesting. is it the zeitgeist of the town?

    • paxus says :

      My brother mentioned that it has happened at a couple of the shows, so it is a larger zeitgeist – as i think they are supposed to be definitionally. Spirit of the time.

  4. cardin seabrook says :

    angry audience …

  5. anissa says :

    i have by reliable source (an excitable friend) that TMBG are playing Auckland NZ too…i’ll bet back stage won’t be nearly as interesting without you lot in it. x

    • paxus says :

      Dearest Anissa:

      if you wanted to get back stage, and chat with him, you could send me the name which would be on your id (which you likely do not have) and i will get you a back stage pass.

      Paxus at Acorn
      11 Manifesting LL 2013

  6. amybeepea says :

    thanks for fighting the good fight paxus. best to you. (from a fan of your bro’s work)

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