McPherson is/was the singer for The Starkweather Boys.
McPherson is/was the singer for The Starkweather Boys.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be counting down the Top 100 Oklahoma Albums of the 2000s. Every weekday, we will unveil another ten Oklahoma albums that helped shape the way Oklahoma music is heard by the outside world.
We asked three dozen musicians, fans and journalists for their opinions on the top albums of the past decade. With their guidance and our own opinions, we compiled what we hope is a decent and fair list.
Hopefully, there’s a good bit of reflection, discovery and enjoyment when listening to these albums through Lala (when available). Enjoy!
60. The Options – Romance is Bullshit (2003)
“Garage rock lives, and so does the power trio, in the form of Norman band The Options, but this no throwback to the hair bands of yore. Bassist-vocalist Robbie Egle tailors tough, smart, straight-forward songs for Pat Quigley’s sharp, spare, stinging guitar work and brother Billy Egle’s surefire slapshot drumming.” - Gene Triplett (The Oklahoman)
“The Options’ sound is pitched somewhere between the snarling punk of the Sex Pistols and the glam rock of Mott the Hoople. And while its influences scream the obvious from time to time. “Romance is Bullshit” is quite a breathtaking showcase. It shows the band has its heart in the right place and knows how to careen through the musical landscape without being superficial or beholden to anything.” - Patrick Crain (LOUD Magazine)
Photo: Bill Noesges
Lifelong Oklahoma resident Derek Dugger has entertained music fans for years as the drummer for local favorites including Fear of Rejection, The Poison Okies, Jimmy Dale and the Diamondback Trio, Brian Dunning & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, and The R.I.P. Tides, as well as playing with well-known national acts including Mack Stevens, Wanda Jackson and Big Al Downing.
After a lifetime focused on keeping the beat, Dugger was faced with a critical new challenge after suffering two seizures. A CT scan revealed a mass in his brain. An MRI then confirmed the diagnosis as it pinpointed a five-centimeter Glioblastoma Multiforme tumor. Derek then underwent a craniotomy to remove most of the tumor. He is now undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to reduce what is left of the tumor, since surgeons were unable to safely remove all of it.
Derek has been married for five years to veterinary hospital employee Buffy Miller Dugger. He has been unable to work since his diagnosis and surgery and is without medical insurance.
A drummer for more than thirty years, Dugger majored in music in college and is an active part of the Oklahoma City music and classic car scenes. Both Derek and his wife Buffy are active members of the Roadkillers Car Club, whose unwavering support has included co-sponsoring and helping organize a benefit concert to help raise funds for the Dugger’s medical and living expenses.
• When: Saturday, November 7 (Noon – 1am)
• Where: 66 Bowl, 3810 NW 39th St., in OKC
• Bands: Mack Stevens, Brian Dunning and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, The Hellbilly Saints, The Ike Lamb Band, The Muck Savages, The Reverb Brothers, Brian Parton, Ong, The R.I.P. Tides, Billy Joe Winghead, Bloody Ol’ Mule, The Starkweather Boys & Little Rachel.
• Admission: $5 (donations will be accepted)
• All Ages
• Silent auction will be held and several items will be raffled off.
The first day of DFest 2008 was jam packed with good bands and good times. I did more show bouncing this year than last. At almost every turn, I had a dilemma on which band to see. This is a very good problem to have.
6pm – The City Lives @ Hadaly Stage
The newest signing to Doghouse / Edmond Records played to a crowd of 300+ in the sweltering hot sun. The City Lives features an up-tempo power pop sound that will be a hit with listeners (“Bad Enough” is a sure-fire hit). And lead singer Chase Kerby
will be is a hit with the females, aiming his lyrics straight to their swoons. Members of The Uglysuit and Edison Glass were in attendance, while Edmond Records co-owner Mike Kennerty (of The All-American Rejects) could be seen smiling and bouncing backstage like a proud papa.
8pm – Black Swan @ The Continental
I knew very little of Black Swan the week leading up to DFest. On a couple recommendations, I checked out their myspace and fell in love with a couple of their songs. Their super-energetic live show did not disappoint either. Sometimes, you know you’re going to have a good time after the first song — this was one of those shows. Scanning the audience, you saw all smiles from the receptive crowd, which included Ty Kamm of Klipspringer. While I foresee some unfair comparisons to Bloc Party in their future, Black Swan is a true original and an ultimate fun show.
9pm – Mayola @ Blue Dome Roadhouse
I thought I saw energetic with Black Swan. I had no idea what energetic was until I saw Mayola live. Unbelievable. The stage presence, the crowd interaction, the showmanship are heads and shoulders above most other bands — it simply could not be better. Mayola has really matured as a band in recent years, slowly evolving their sound into this interesting “vaudevillian Built to Spill fronted by a deranged Tom Waits” band. Members of Colourmusic, Hush Hush Commotion, The Non and Taddy Porter, as well as Acoustic Ross and P.D.A. stuck around to enjoy the set.
10pm – The Uglysuit @ The Blank Slate
There’s a lot of well-deserved buzz currently surrounding Touch and Go Records’ newest signing. The band’s smooth sounds exploded into a fury early on, setting the tone for the show. Switching between moments of beauty and moments of ferocity in the sweaty “Home of David Cook”, the band elicited a great reaction from the crowd. It’s reassuring to see the band is really in-tune with one another on stage. Members of Glister, Colourmusic, Mayola, The Stock Market Crash and Rainbows Are Free packed the venue to catch a glimpse of The Uglysuit.
10pm – Mama Sweet @ The Oklahoma Stage
It had been a couple of years since I had seen Mama Sweet, but it was just like old times. The very Oklahoma-sounding band was ever tighter and more polished than I remembered. Their explosive set was led by Aron Holt’s strong vocals and Alan Orebaugh’s outrageous guitar skills. I demand that someone find out why this band isn’t bigger on the red dirt circuit.
10:30pm – Ghostland Observatory @ The R.U.R. Stage
Who knew Tulsa was full of so many ravers? The smoke, lazers and dancy-pop from the Austin band turned Tulsa into Dance Party USA. Thousands of people were dancing along with members of Mayola, Crocodile, Black Swan, The Stock Market Crash and Ghosts.
11pm – The Starkweather Boys @ 1974
I don’t know if anyone around does classic 50s-style rock and roll better. There’s just a level of musicianship in The Starkweather Boys that isn’t seen in lot of bands. This was the only show of the weekend where I actually saw couples dancing. Members of Glister, Rainbows Are Free, Philip Zoellner and The Oh Johnny! Girls stayed to enjoy the set.
Midnight – Blake O. @ McNellie’s
Blake O. leans to the Uncle Kracker / Kid Rock side of rap-rock that some people just love. I’m not one of those people. Different strokes for different folks, right? Let me say this though — is McNellie’s douchebag central or what? Nothing but fauxhawks and drunk girls in summer dresses dancing on chairs, shouting “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!” I didn’t stay long.
1am – The Stock Market Crash @ The Blank Slate
TSMC put on a good show like always. At this point, there isn’t a lot more you can say about them — if you haven’t seen them live, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Members of El Paso Hot Button, Callupsie, The Romantic Disaster, Unmarked Cars, Glister and Mama Sweet lined the audience.
1am – Gravity Propulsion System @ Exit 6C
A sparse crowd watched as GPS destroyed everyone’s hearing within a mile radius. Members of El Paso Hot Button, Callupsie and Rainbows Are Free stuck around late to enjoy some GPS.
Day 2 Recap coming soon, as well as a DFest review in pictures and video.
Thousands of musicians and fans converge on downtown Tulsa this weekend for the eighth edition of DFest.
I will be there with Mrs. OklahomaRock. I hope to see many of your faces there as well. (Advanced two-day passes are only $33.50!)
For those of you that cannot make it, we hope to provide you a glimpse into the world of DFest. Throughout the coming weekend and into next week, we plan on bringing you recaps on the conference and the festival, Q&As and pictures.
To get your ears ready, here’s a slew of free mp3s from DFest 2008 artists:
BlackSwan – “Clearcoat”
Callupsie – “The Murderous Type”
Cheyenne – “The Whale”
Edison Glass – “In Such A State”
El Paso Hot Button – “Hot As Fuck”
Ghost of Monkshood – “Moon Signs”
Ghosts – “Nuts n Boltz”
Gravity Propulsion System – “Note to Girlfriend”
Jabee / Regina Spektor – “Breaks My Heart” (Remix)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – “Tae Parade”
Kawnar – “Lost”
The Oh! Johnny Girls – “Blue Eyes”
Philip Zoellner – “Carolina”
Rainbows Are Free – “Are You Dead?”
The Stock Market Crash – “Blueprints of a New Friend”
Sworn Against – “Stand and Strike”
Tech Tonic – “Vitamin B”
After the jump, get your hour-by-hour band schedule, which should come in handy.