Smiling Politely: LEGO Band
God, it’s desperately quiet today so I thought I’d share one of Tickets There’s (well, Rob’s, not the rest of ours – Ed) favorite pastimes, Lego. About five years ago I built this deadly Lego stage (with a massive stage area, roadies, managers, associates, a bar, two dressing rooms, an office, a massive lightening rig, technician stations all around, a sound desk and basically everything you’d find in a real arena) and made three bands to play on it, all with their own unique equipment, stage design..etc. I think I built it one summer I was off college and when I had to leave Leitrim, I decided to build a portable version that I could bring with me.
Over Christmas, I decided to dig out the portable version (because the main one is too high up to mess with and I couldn’t have been arsed taking it down) and set it up like I used to, I was well pleased with how it looked and I took a few snaps like you would at a real gig to see how they would come out. See if you can figure out all the little bits (if you’re as bored as I am).
I’ve forgotten which player is meant to be in which band so I meshed them together a little.
Smiling Politely: Soundcheck
Smiling Politely: Close Up of Lead Singer Eddie Rose during Sound Check
Hot Joe Hat: Soundcheck for Smiling Politely Bass Players (Joe Hat) solo band, Hot Joe Hat.
Smiling Politely: SP Drummer, Marvin MadHead and Joe Hat, rockin’ the bass during the show with members of Dark Forces watching. Marvin and Joe were always close during the Smiling Politely years and Marvin even went on to play drums for Joe’s solo band. After Eddie Rose left Smiling Politely in 2005, Marvin and Joe recruited Dark Forces main man, Obi-Wan as a replacement. The group recorded one album together and completed an extensive, but poorly received tour under the Smiling Politely name before calling it a day. Obi-Wan returned to Dark Forces after their hiatus, Joe continues his solo career to this day and Marvin hasn’t been heard from in over a year.
Dixie Philips: Last known picture of the legendary Smiling Politely / Dark Forces manager Dixie Philips. He isn’t dead or anything, he just hates photographers and photographs in general. This is also rare as it’s one of few photographs to catch Dixie without his trademark Top Hat. Dixie made a name fors himself in the early naughties by selling his bands back catalogues without their consent and for forcing a law through the Michigan courts to allow Managers higher priority in dressing room and office assignments while touring. He is currently working on congress to make it a Federal decree.
Eddie Rose Experience: In Lego years, this performance was captured two years after the others when Eddie Rose brought his solo project to the same venue. The man in the white hat is Mike ‘The Road Dog’ Lewis, former road manager of Smiling Politely and current drummer in the Eddie Rose Experience. The man with the blue hat is PISser Jones, lead guitarist for Dark Forces.