Big doings around here

The astute listener/viewer/fan/kid-of-all-ages may have noticed that we haven’t played for a bit. Truth be told, we took some time over the holidays to remind our families of who we are and make sure our names were still in the will. Then our drummer left (amicably), so we decided to retreat to our mountain hideaway, reassess our navels, invest in some much-needed Q-tips, and trade that Worldcom stock for a ’74 Dodge Monaco, a microphone, and some imitation Spanish doubloons on eBay.

Now we’re back, with a new drummer who looks a lot like the other side of this guy:

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That’s the newly minted RichBob. He’s rich in spirit, rich in humor, rich in drumming chops, and he has no idea what he’s gotten himself into…

We’ll be booking gigs over the next few months, so keep an eye open here and on our Facebook page. And if you haven’t done so, “friend” us already! It gets lonely here at Atom Bobs HQ in Mt. Pilot, Illinois—a place so far off the map, even the pizza guy can’t find it.

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Why the Atom Bobs?

About a century ago, DenBob and DaveBob were in a band called Bob and Bob. Before you ask, no one in the band was actually named Bob. Sorry…that’s just the kind of chaos we had to live with back in the old days.

Now Bob and Bob was actually pretty popular on a local level, with “local” being defined as “Joliet, Illinois.” A few years back, the boys decided to play some gigs using acoustic guitars. Building on their Bob and Bob lineage, as well as their astounding creativity, they decided to call that band The AcoustiBobs.

early_bobsTimes changed and The AcoustiBobs went the way of the passenger pigeon, the dodo, and pretty much every rock band in history except for The Rolling Stones.

In early 2014, DenBob and DaveBob rang up PeteBob, who had played bass for a time in The AcoustiBobs, and talked to him about forming a new band. This new band would have new songs, a new attitude, and slightly less hair.

PeteBob, much to his own chagrin, insisted that the new band carry on the hackneyed tradition of naming everything “Bob,” and with the addition of Pete’s high school friend MarcBob on drums, Box of Bobs was born.

The new band quickly became legendary, primarily because many people confused the name with “Box of Boobs,” and showed up at gigs hoping to see a couple or three. When the audience discovered that the boobs were actually the guys playing the instruments, they made plans to go to Vegas, but before they could pay their tab and get on an airplane, they realized that the band actually played real rock and roll of a type that hadn’t been heard around these parts for years.

So they stayed and rocked out. And they put up with the name because even though Box of Boobs wasn’t what they got, they were a pretty good time anyway, and in any event, no one does a better version of Copperhead Road.

Yet the boys knew something had to change. They put their heads together, and just when everyone thought they’d be stuck that way till Thanksgiving, they all simultaneously came up with the new name. From that day forward, the band would be known as The Atom Bobs. An explosive combo if ever there was one. And we all know bands are better when they have a “The” in their name.

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cooking out — feed the world

I have this weird thing whenever I grill outside (Weber with charcoal, of course) – I have the insane need to keep cooking because “the coals are so damned hot!” I’ll cook enough to feed Elburn (small town nearby) if we have enough junk in the freezer. Soon, I’m knocking on neighbor’s doors — “Hey, the coals are red-hot at my place – do you have any hotdogs, hamburgers, loaves, fishes – anything?” Doors slam in my face and heads are shaking. But I can’t help it… Anyway, I have to go — smells like the pop tarts are burning and the grapefruits need turning.

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Songs I left on my voice mail

DenBob complains that I don’t write enough on our website. Truth is, I think he does a fine job all by himself. But I’m happy to contribute.

So…I bought a new car a few weeks ago. Good thing I have a day job, right?! The car came with satellite radio and it’s been a few years since I spent much time listening to such things. I’ve always loved (and preferred) the local aspect of terrestrial radio, but in recent years that’s kind of gone by the wayside as cookie cutter stations like The Drive and The Jack and The Hair (or whatever) have taken over. No wonder no one listens to it any more.

There is a GREAT thing about satellite though…they have a lot of time to fill and the stations aren’t competing with each other. That means there’s a real impulse for them to “go deep” and play music that never (or rarely) makes it to terrestrial radio.

So I’m discovering things. And when I discover them, because I’m driving, I call my home phone and leave myself a message with the name of the artist and the song. On the blues station (yes, there’s a whole station just for blues) for instance, I heard this:

For a musician, even one like me, surfing these stations is like spelunking*—you never know when you’re going to round a corner and find something awesome. Which brings me to this:

Pretty cool stuff! I had one more I wanted to post, a song called “Walk of Fame” from a band called Boink!, but it doesn’t seem to be on YouTube. That’s good and bad. Good because the copyright of the artist isn’t being violated, but bad because I can’t promote them in the hope that you’ll track them down and buy their stuff. Do it anyway. They’re good.

I’m sure some people are going to roll their eyes and say, “Oh geez…he’s just discovered Lisa LeBlanc???” Whatta maroon! And you may be right. But put it this way, I listen to A LOT of music. It’s hard to hear everything, or even 10 percent of everything. And that’s where satellite radio comes in handy. Now if I someday post how I just heard this new band Lynyrd Skynyrd and they have this great song called “Sweet Home Alabama” that sounds like it was ripped off from Kid Rock, I give you permission to hit me in the head with a hammer. Actually, if I ever do that, it probably happened already.

*I think. I’ve never actually spelunked.

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SNACKS FOR AMISH CHILDREN

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ASPARAGUM

TICK-LETS

BUFFALO CHIP COOKIES

TURNIP BRITTLE

LIVERSNAPS

HEADCHEESE CAKE

CAT’S TAIL CORNDOGS

GIZZARD STICKS

CANDIED FIELD CORN

MALTED GOAT-MILKBALLS

COTTON CANDY–Made from REAL COTTON

SAWDUST CHEWIES

PARSNIP POPS

TAFFY SQUASH

MILKWEED DUDS

BIT-O-SPINACH

CRABGRASS BROWNIES

BUGGYWHIP LICORICE STRIPS

EGG YOLK KISSES

BUTTERMILK PUSH-UPS

BROCCOLI CREMES

SUN-MAID RADISHES

CAULIFLOWER CLUSTERS

CHICKPEA M & M’S

JELLY LIMA BEANS

PUMPKIN-ROLL POPS

BRUSSEL SPROUT JAWBREAKERS

SNOWCONES (made from real snow)

ONION DROPS

PORKTARTS

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THINGS FROM MY YOUTH THAT NO LONGER EXIST

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FIZZIES

 

 

 

 

 
KNOWING EVERYONE IN YOUR TOWN
CHILD DISCIPLINE
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AT SCHOOL (THANKFULLY)
KIDS PLAYING OUTSIDE
PENMANSHIP
GAS STATION ATTENDANTS
WRITING LETTERS
ENGLISH RESPECTED AS OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE garageband
ROCK FESTIVALS
GARAGE BANDS
POLITENESS/COURTESY
PENSIONS
BOZO’S CIRCUS
“FULL COVERAGE” INSURANCE
STATION WAGONS
GRAVEL ROADS
PATIENT DRIVERS
AIRLINE STEWARDESS
HEAD SHOPS
DRINKING FROM A GARDEN HOSE
GARFIELD GOOSE
POPULAR ROCK AND ROLL BANDS
A TV SHOW AS FUNNY AND CLEVER AS SEINFELD

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