she singing, “bitch i’m paid, that’s all i gotta say.” i’m like who knew, who knew, who knew, that after all the years i’d make a weezy fan out of you too, you too, you too. when i met you, you were thom yorke, chris martin & u2, u2, u2. when you met me i was three6, pimp c, bun b, 8ball & mjg. but we’re both a long way from home, we got the windows down, the radio’s on..always. i wrote a letter to the sky, saying maybe one day you’ll get to kiss me, kiss me, kiss me. my girl found it in the car & said “baby why you trying to diss me, diss me, diss me.” cuz you know you’re my baby, you know you’re my baby. i’m not just in it for the ride. in it for the ride…
sometime in junior year, brian asked me to write something to put on the myspace page of that most celebrated of west forsyth ska bands, “The BFGs”. i did. turns out, though the page has been inactive for almost three years, the thing i wrote is still there. it’s pretty lame, and i present it to you now in it’s entirety:
People ask about the name. It’s unavoidable. Someone, at some point, for some reason, strikes up a conversation with a member of The BFGs, and they end up discussing music. At this point, the member might bring up the fact that he plays in a ska band. The other person will then inevitably ask one of two questions: “Ska? What’s that?” (leaving them in the awkward position of having to explain an extremely complicated musical history that basically boils down to high energy music with a horn section, mostly walking bass line, and guitar on the off beats) or, the far more likely of the questions: “What’s the band’s name?” And the inevitable response is: “The BFGs”. It’s an unusual name, to be sure, but people get hung up on it. They immediately move to (futile) attempts to discover the meaning of this unusual acronym, when what they really should be asking is, “Are you any good?”
The answer is “Yes. Yes, we are very good”. Though it’s unlikely you’d get that response. They aren’t the type to brag.
“They” first came together as Brian Gebhard, Sam Cox, and Sanders Davis, who quickly realized that it was impossible to form a ska band with only three people. They soon added Ben Arthur, Cass Copsey, and Thomas Harrison to their line-up and starting playing together in October of 2005. They’ve gone through a considerable number of changes since then, such as the loss of all but the three original members, but somehow, they’re still making music. Impressive for a group that’s been referred to in the past as a bunch of “cheeky young lads”.
Of course, they wouldn’t still be together if the music sucked. Fortunately for them (not to mention us), it doesn’t. Notably, a standard set list for the band is made up of entirely original songs. “Original” in this sense being a good thing. The BFGs (obvious to anyone who knows them and within the mental grasp of anyone who’s heard their name) have a knack for not taking themselves too seriously, which makes it easier to accept the fact that most of the things they sing about don’t make a lot of sense. But when they start playing, you aren’t thinking about that. You’re jumping to your feet, rushing into the crowd, and silently praying that your sneakers can make it one more night without falling apart.
So don’t worry about the name. Shut up and dance.
also, brian gave me a free copy of their CD under the impression that i would write a review for them, but i never did, so nyah.