End of the Millennium

Posted in Buy/Sell, Update From The Road on December 31st, 1999 by The Rev

Howdy Kittens and Cats,

Well, this is it we’re done with the 1900s. We’re doing what we always do on New Year’s Eve — working. Well, if you call what I do work.

Last night was Nashville and it was really fun. Hank III was great and a good time was had by all. I think we had eighteen tickets pre-sold. Then, the walk-ups sold the place out. Nashville has become a really great city for us. It was not always easy there, but it sure is good now. Nashville can be a hard town. Thanks for the gig.

OK. Tonight it’s Washington, DC. The 9:30 Club. Seems like this little four day trip should be called the historical tour, because, all of the places we’re playing on this trip are places of note in the world of Honky-tonk and Rock-and-roll. The 9:30 has been a mainstay for rock and punk and alternative for I think twenty years or something. Everyone has played at the old 9:30. The new one they built is one of the best of the first-rate music venues in America.

Anyway, here’s the list of clubs on this little four day tour.
Caravan of Dreams — Ft. Worth
Cain’s Ballroom –Tulsa
Exit Inn — Nashville
9:30 Club — Washington, DC

And now, the daily buys and sells.

Buy — The next big music of the next two thousand years — rock-a-billy.
Sell — Music that’s made with computers.
Buy — Biller and Wakefield (guitar and steel guitar music from Austin, somewhat reminiscent of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West)

Thanks again for the 1900s and we’ll see you next millennium.
Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath

From Nashville

Posted in Buy/Sell, Update From The Road on December 30th, 1999 by The Rev

OK Kittens and Cats,

I’m in Nashville. Music City. I don’t have long — maybe five minutes.

Last night in Tulsa at Cain’s Ballroom was so great. I mean, not us, but the whole vibe. Coolest old dancehall in the world maybe. Big pictures of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Kay Starr and all of the old and great country artists. But, these pictures have been there for ages. The backstage was designed to keep Hank Williams from getting to the bar. Elvis played there. They all did — the great ones. Thanks for the gig. Thanks to Cain’s.

Tonight, Nashville. Home town of Los Straitjackets — kinda. I’m going to go see Hank III. He’s opening up for us. I saw on his CD that he wrote a nice note of thanks to Wayne Hancock. That’s cool because I also have a lot of respect for Wayne Hancock too, so…gotta go, I’ll let you know.

Buy — Los Straitjackets website — www.straitjackets.com

Jim “Rev. Horton Heat” Heath

From Muy Fabulosa East Dallas, Texas

Posted in Buy/Sell, Rant, Update on December 21st, 1999 by The Rev

Howdy From Muy Fabulosa East Dallas, Texas,

I think that I’m just going to change the title of these writings to “Update.” I want to try to keep ya’ll occupied even when we’re not touring. It still may change yet, but for now, it’s “Update.”

Tonight I’m listening to Los Straitjackets. So, what else is new?

Last night I saw a play called “A Tuna Christmas.” It was very funny. Now I have to see “Greater Tuna”.

I don’t remember much from the last few Reverend Horton Heat gigs except that it was very good to see some old friends.

Oh yeah, all that stuff about friendly people in Oklahoma. Let’s get one thing straight. There are jerks everywhere. And, some of the nicest people in the world are up north.

Today I want to talk about MTV. They have a little antitrust suit against them for forcing record companies — poor bastards — to place their artists’ videos exclusively with MTV.

I have a few other questions. Do this mean that the labels and MTV are in collusion? Does this mean that MTV and the labels have deals worked out before us, the public, can decide if it’s worthy or not? Does this mean that, in other words, the labels pay MTV, in one form or another, to play their videos?

We all knew it was happening. They strung Alan Freed up by his nuts back in the fifties for taking payola. I’d like to see the same thing happen here. Except there’s one problem, MTV doesn’t have any nuts!

I remember about two years ago, MTV sent this memo to all of the record companies saying, in effect, “MTV is no longer taking any unsolicited videos from any label, so, don’t waste your time submitting new videos to MTV.” Kind of the don’t call us, we’ll call you, thing.

By the way, if any of you know anything about that memo, or better yet, can obtain a copy of it, e-mail us.

Anyway, the memo should have said, “MTV is no longer accepting any videos that we do not have exclusive rights to.” Friends, that’s receiving something for airplay. That’s payola. We all could tell that it was happening. That channel sucks anyway. They just have shows with real kids complaining. Not much music anymore.

OK. Time for today’s buys and sells -
Buy – Hootenanny

Sell – SUVs

Buy – spring reverb — that’s a musical effect that uses springs in a chamber. See Dick Dale, Duane Eddy.

Sell – Taking a sample of some great riff from some old recording and making it your so-called “whole new song” by adding some “fresh beats.”

Buy – Mike Ness

Sell – “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

Buy – White to yellow, to orange, to red hotrod flames

Sell – Gold wheels – but I have to admit, even those catch my eye

Buy – Alan Freed – thanks for the gig.

Until whenever,
Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath

From Oklahoma

Posted in Buy/Sell, Rant, Update From The Road on December 17th, 1999 by The Rev

Howdy From Oklahoma,

Hey, people are really friendly here. Not to say they aren’t anywhere else, but, ya gotta love OKC. I walked into some restaurant — somewhere up north — and this waitress said, “Can I help you?” I said, “Yes, I’d like to have lunch.” To which she said, “Well I guess that’s obvious.” I thought, “very funny.” Then she said that I would have to wait five minutes. There was no one else waiting. There were tables available. Fine Then she asked, “Smoking or nonsmoking?” I answer, “Either one, or, whatever is fastest please.” She snaps, “Well, it’s still going to be a five minute wait before I can seat you.” Then someone else walked in and she really pushed me aside and told them that they could have a table any minute! She wasn’t trying to be funny! But, I just stepped aside and just grinned. And then she did actually seat me first, so to me, it was all just funny. In Oklahoma, people would not do that. They really are friendly here. What is it about me? I think I know the answer — I’m a freak of nature. Ha Ha. Last night was Omaha. The wonderful Ranch Bowl. I didn’t get to bowl this time, but, I heard Stephen bowled 155-something. It was Stephen’s birthday. You know Stephen — the hardest working man in show biz. It was fun as usual. Thanks for the gig.
There’s a place in Dallas called the Bronco Bowl. It’s fun. I’ve seen some great concerts there. I saw Brian Setzer there this year, and it was one
of the best sounding concerts I’ve ever heard. Some Dallas rich guy* built this concert hall/bowling alley for Jane Mansfield back in the fifties. Which is funny because, could Jane Mansfield fill a three thousand capacity hall? And, doing what — singing? I think this guy just had a crush on her. She sang on the opening night. I’ll bet that was something. Anyway, thanks to this guy’s silly crush, we Dallasites are lucky enough to have the wonderful and classy Bronco Bowl. Thanks for the gig.
*Don’t believe everything you read on this website.

OK. Here’s today’s buy and sell recommendations.
Buy – Friendly Oklahomans, Oklahomarians, Oklahomites, Okla-hommies whatever

Sell – Rude hostesses

Buy – Those wrestling masks that Los Straitjackets sell at their gigs

Sell – Somebody, somewhere in the world today, are saying these words, “Dude, let’s start a metal/rap band!”

Buy – Warren Buffet/Berkshire Hathaway class B

Sell – Phony rock-and-roll attitudes.

Buy – Anything cool that’s from the fifties, which is just about everything as far as I’m concerned. Cars. Refrigerators. Microphones. Ashtrays. Anything with an “atomic” style.

Sell – Musical instrument endorsements. Getting one isn’t that cool.

Buy – Bands who own their own van and trailer and who drive coast to coast playing gigs. These bands are dangerous in a good way.

Sell – Bands who don’t want to have to go tour small clubs for fifteen years. So, they think they need some record label. Ha Ha. It’s a tough world isn’t it?

Buy – Teaching kids to play golf. It’s a great way to teach kids they utter joy of sportsmanship.

Sell – Snotty private golf clubs and smart-ass country club brats.

Buy – People who try to have some manners.

Sell – The way aggressive drivers have taken over Dallas freeways.

Buy – Cruising down the freeway at fifty-five miles per hour in a custom ’49 to ’51 Ford — mines a fifty. But, not in the passing lane. In three days, I’m there.

Thanks for the gig,
Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath

From Omaha

Posted in Buy/Sell, Rant, Update From The Road on December 16th, 1999 by The Rev

Howdy from Omaha,

Things are going really good. It’s snowing everywhere up here lately, which for a Texas boy, is nice. I’ve been staying in a lot lately. I can hardly write because “The Man Show” is on. Hilarious. You know, I’ve got this idea that I got from reading financial news. I know, I know, it’s not too rock and roll. Sorry. But, I had this idea about doing a little Buy/Sell thing. Here goes. Here’s what I’m picking as buys and sells.
*This is for fun, not real stock picks or anything like that. Please don’t take anything I say seriously. Or anything anyone says on the net.

Buy- Rod and Custom Magazine

Sell – MTV

Buy – The Man Show

Sell – Arista Records

Buy – BR-549

Sell – Atrium hotels

Buy – Los Straitjackets

Sell – Below zero weather

Gotta Go,
Da Rev.