Birmingham and Kinfolk

The great Starlight Mints scrambled to salvage the show in Birmingham. The Nick let us play at their Venue. I really like that club. The patrons are friendly and the beers were free. I got to see some old friends like Darren Thornberry who used to play with my ex-girlfriend’s brother, Josh, in Blue Demonstration in Dallas. Josh plays in Lift To Experience now. It’s cool when there’s that one guy who keeps your beer cup full and Darren was that guy.

My friend, Dru, came, also. I asked her to the Trigg County Basketball Homecoming dance back in 10th grade and she turned me down. Years later, I went to my first Cunningham family reunion and saw her dad there. Shit, I wish she had said yes if for nothing else but to have a true Kentucky relationship...

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Heathrow 2

Will made me a really good breakfast: Guinea Fowl eggs from his mom’s, bacon, and mushrooms. Really good. You know what else is good in England? Fried Bread. And their tomatoes are tastaayyy.

We get on the train to go back to Heathrow and make our way to the Sheraton by bus.

Dollar doesn’t have my reservation or a car available. We could wait for one. So, we waited.

I hate when someone is an asshole and coats it with kindness to such a degree you can’t see the dickish manner coming through.

Will had to go to work so we left the Dollar and got a cab to National. They had plenty of cars.

I got a Skolda and everything was awesome. Will was going to drive but the insurance was too much.

So, English driving with a stick shift was to be my new adventure.

Driving in England is fun.

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Manchester

Me and Will got to Manchester and thought we were late. It was hard to find the Academy -well maybe its not but it was for me- but we found it. It was cool to finally come to this town because its got its own sound. It’s called Manchester. And its good. Its also the birthplace of “urban blight”, as Linnell told me. This is where the Oliver Twists can lift a timepiece from your knickers right next to me bum and not know what happened until I wonder if its teatime.
Brian was frustrated because the place wasn’t opened until 3. They usually start setting up at 10am. Will, the monitor fellow, found that his monitor board was to be set next to Brian’s soundboard...

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Leeds

Leeds was good but weird. The people were cool, the venue was okay, but there was something weird.

The Giants’ truck driver got his gas siphoned during his slumber the night before. A fan got his car broken during the show. The thief pried the car door open. Me and the Giants shared dressing rooms that joined each other and had one kitchen. Each room had two passageways. One passageway went to a dimly lit bathroom with group showers. The other passageway went to a door to outside. In one passageway was a wadded-up diaper.

The truck driver was from Ireland and got in an argument with the bus driver who was a Royalist about the Royal family. I asked if they could hold the conversation until I got my video camera out and that quelled the argument.

My friend, William, wanted to get me...

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Heathrow

I padded the tour with a day on each end in case the shit hit the fan. And it did. Both days.

I get a little paranoid getting on a plane because of all the years of getting hassled over my accordion. I always get a seat near the back of the plane so I can get on first and put my accordion away. I also try to get an aisle seat. I love looking out the window but I also like getting up to pee with ease.

Within two hours of the flight a lady got sick and our route changed to land in Newfoundland. I hope that lady is okay. She’s a grandma and grandma’s are very important.

From that point I was told by my seatmate that Heathrow had a curfew meaning there were to be no planes making landing noise after 10:30 pm. That meant we would be 2 hours late or 12 hours late.

I watched The Stepford ...

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heathrow

I padded my time in the UK with an extra day before and after the tour in case poo got in the fan. And it did. Both days. I was proud of myself for planning ahead but still frustrated with the first extra day’s bullshit. And when I say bullshit I mean shit from a bull that has daisies and lovely gift teabags because I was about to tour England for the first time.

The plane made a diversion from the course due to a sick lady. I hope she is okay but I guess I will never know. She was a grandma and that makes her life extremely important to her immediate family. Grandmas are great to have. They do a lot of good and always have something for you that you didn’t ask for.

We landed somewhere in Newfoundland at a very small airport...

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I’m glad I don’t have to go to class

September, 2004
Corn Mo is still on tour with TMBG and it’s awesome.
The Johns have done very nice things for Mr. Mo.
Projects are being worked on with various folks.
Corn Mo is scheduled to play Santa at Polyphonic Spree
Christmas show.

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Last show of the tour

Last night was a sad bye bye.

It won’t hit me for a day but I’m gonna miss those Common Rotation guys. They are stand up friends. I called Jory yesterday to see if he was watching Rocky III. That’s gonna happen.

I’ve got new friends that came to the last 3 shows and sing along in the front row. It makes me smile. Those guys are stand up friends. They made my night.

We had a nice dressing room with a big L-shaped couch. I watched Pirates of the Caribbean and then took a nap.

I rode home with Flans and Ana, the merch girl, and her boyfriend, Yasha. Flans coaxed me into singing “Caro Mio Ben” for him and then told me some stories. He’s very, very smart.

As he pulled up to my house, I got out and did the thing where you try to open the back while someone is trying to unlock it...

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Day off

I had the day off today. No shows. No driving.

I watched some Damon Packard movies today. He’s a trust fund guy who made some movies.

I’m listening to ELO’s Time right now. It’s real pretty. The first two tracks are beautiful.

I hung out with my friends tonight. Jason called and wanted to hang out so we met up at Redd’s. He’s gold. If you’ve seen the corn modvd he’s in Big Boote’. And other friends were there, also. And my roommate Shane came with his girl, Kim.

My friends are awesome. They came to the Prospect Park show and supported me by being there. That’s awesome.

I have beautiful friends.

I love my friends. I love my mom. I love my girlfriend. I love my nieces. I have it good today.

I had a good tour. I got to be with heroes...

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Flowers Grow From the Dook

August, 2004
Corn Mo tours the west coast and UK with TMBG.
Get the new Polyphonic Spree album, Together We’re Heavy.
YEAH!

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Prospect Park

Tonight was one of my favorite shows ever. I played with the Giants in Prospect Park. And I got to bring my band with me. It was magic. For me it was magic. And later on I performed magic with my drummer, Ron, who had drunk hiccups. I made them go away by staring at him. After his amazement I explained that it was an old magician’s trick, where you make shit up as you go. I guess that’s a bad magician’s trick. But it worked.

It’s cool playing big shows and your friends come. It’s really cool. I’m sleeping very well tonight. I feel really good. Really good.

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Steve’s Living Room

We played another living room show last night in Dubois, PA. It was at Steve’s house. Steve’s real cool. Real cool. He invited all his friends, got snacks and beer, and treated us very well.

“I like your town.”

“Yeah, but you don’t live here.”

I liked the town.

The dressing room assigned wasn’t like the 4 year old’s room. It was Steve’s room and he had a Danger Danger poster on the wall. He was impressed that I knew who they were. It was a lovely home. I could live in that town.

I opened and went downstairs to set up. My backdrop was a wall of signed pictures of different characters from the show, “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.” Two were Spike, two were Julie Benz (she’s real pretty), two were the guy with the green face, and more of people I didn’t recognize...

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Living Room Show-Pittsburgh

I played my first “Living Room” show with Common Rotation last night. These are shows that CR books online with their fans. It’s a great idea: CR shows up at your house and you host them and strangers adorn your living room couches and floor.

They’d told me stories about them-like the host freaking out because there were too many people, or the surrealness of waiting in the kid’s bedroom until showtime.

When we arrived at the suburban Pittsburgh home I started getting nervous as I always do. Jory went to check things out (it’s protocol for us to wait in the car until the lay of the land is sussed out).

He came back, poked his head in the car and said, “There’s like 8 ladies there. We’re gonna wait for more people.”

I said, “I feel like Patrick Dempsey.”

Then Adam goes, “We should del...

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Jory’s Gameboy, Caruso

Jory (of Common Rotation) got a Gameboy. I played 007 on it. It’s good to have when you’re driving at night and your booklight is out. I’m reading “Them” by Jon Ronson and it’s a great read.

My voice is better. The beer fast helped.

I watched Steven Segal last night. He focuses well when he fights. I liked Timecop with Van Damme. He’s a little tragic and I like that. I hope he wins.

Jory’s got Rhapsody. I’m listening to Tiny Tim sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I love Tiny Tim. I got to open for him once. What a wonderful performer. He gave his all. He would go on one knee to bring it home and would need help getting back up. Genuine and genius he was. A beautiful man.

You know who else is still awesome? David Lee Roth...

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Playing with the Johns

I’ve been playing with the Giants during their set on Particle Man. I feel like I’ve won a contest. It’s awesome. I stand in between them and they smile on me. If you took all the adjectives that describe amazing that’s what it’s like.

John Linnel and Carl Finch got me into playing accordion and so it’s kickass to trade licks with Linnel on stage.

Flansburg shows me his guitar hands to remind me of the chords.

The Giants are true gold. True gold.

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pittsburgh 2

I just finished my set. I’m worn out. The stage was real hot. I’m gonna run tommorrow morning. I play better when I’ve run. I drove last night from my folks house in Kentucky to Pittsburg and then stayed at a shitty motel with a nice staff. All the motels were full. The motel lounge band was just finishing their set with “Sgt Pepper”. My room didn’t have a working light so the guy put a new bulb in while I had half a beer at the bar.

I asked for a late checkout and he asked for 5 bucks. So, I gave him five bucks cause I was real tired. I usually like to fall asleep to the tv but I was too tired to bother. I think there was a shitload of bedbugs in my bed. I had a hard time getting to sleep because of the little bugs. I couldn’t see them when I turned on the light.

One time,...

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Pittsburgh

I’m in Pittsburg right now. My stomach feels uneasy. Common Rotation is on stage right now. They do really well with the crowd. I get nervous before every show and I can’t tell if this stomach is just nerves or partly the chinese food I had earlier. I think it’s both.

My sweet grandmother was upset that she forgot my birthday and made me a pie for my birthday. My birthday was last month and she made me a pie then. She’s a sweet, sweet lady.

I hope I rock Pittsburg tonight.

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Madison review

Madison.com:

The show opened with a short but well-received set by the amiable trio Common Rotation, which played clever pop-folk music. But the most memorable of the two opening acts was Corn Mo, who boasts a sparkling suit and a glorious mane of hair and plays heavy metal songs on his accordion about his eighth-grade girlfriend and being mistaken for actor Gary Busey.

It was pretty funny, but what made Corn Mo’s set click is that he really sold his music, never for a second winking at the audience or suggesting it was all a put-on. When he closed with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and a speech exhorting the crowd to “get on your horse and ride,” it was weirdly inspirational.

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response to Madison

Dear Colin,

I seriously teared up reading this. I will take on

your mission. I think you’re right that there is a

lot of good music that is uninvestigated. Most radio

is enjoyed by running in the hamster wheel. I think

clear channel is a beast that cannot be conquered

until satellite radio is the norm. Sunday night radio

shows are an oasis for people like you but you have to

have your sunday’s scheduled for such. Inspiration

needs to happen every day.

I get pissed off when someone casually brushes off the

Polyphonic Spree as another Flaming Lips when the

radio is full of bands that sound like the band before

it that sounds like the band before it. It’s hard for

some people to allow the magic to rock them. It takes

a concerted effort. So, I don’t know. I’ll keep doing

what I’m doin...

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Columbus 2

My friend, Matt, came to the show. I met him when I was out with the Spree. His job allows to pop up at shows all over the map. My rider requires “a townie to drink with” and I dubbed him the guy. I’d planned on sleeping in the car that I’d borrowed from my roommate’s girlfriend, Kim, but Matt needed a place and he knew people. 2 people more than I did. He got hold of this girl, Amber. She said a little more notice would be good. Matt had met her at a show she did with her band in Dayton that ended with a real shoot-out.

We met up at Brothers. I thought it was a place to get pizza. It was a bar. A good bar but I was beered out. I had to drive, too. There are some days when I just don’t want to drink and that was one of them. After shows, sometimes I can’t really drink beer...

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