One Hundred Twenty-Two.
Thursday, 2010.04.15, 5:06 PM CST.
the Duohouse Pilgrimage.
Current Mood: Tired and nostalgic.
Current scent: None.
marked a very important anniversary for me. As many of you know,
last September, I marked down twenty years of DJing, and I have known
that this year would have a LOT of big anniversaries.
was one of them.
April 1990, I was still kind of unpopular, but I had been DJing for
6 months and I had a girl I was interested in... So, I wanted
to have a party. I talked it over with Kevin and Billy (two of
my best friends and the other two primary members of my DJ company,
EKG Mobile Music), and they liked it, too.
just any party, either. It was a special concept: We would gather
at my Kevin's house, watch three movies and eat some pizza. Then,
we would drive over in a row (kind of like a funeral procession) to
my house, where I had my entire DJ system (including my light show!)
set up in the garage for an evening of music and merriment.
Duohouse Pilgrimage party was held on Saturday, April 14th, 1990.
a very low turnout, but it was fun. It was a lot of fun.
Kevin was there with Muffy (his really awesome girlfriend, whom he later
married), Billy was there with his date (a foreign exchange student
whose name escapes me - Andrea, perhaps?), and I was there with my date,
who would later become my girlfriend, attend prom with me, move out
of state with her family, and then cheat on me and dump me for a fifteen-year-old
skater. There were others there as well – not many, but
people we considered close.
As an event,
it was campy, it was goofy, and it was fun. We watched Heathers,
Ozone: Attack of the Redneck Mutants, and Bad Taste
- Peter Jackson’s first feature film and arguably one of the greatest
movies ever made.
popcorn at the screen for fun. Well, we did that until Kevin’s
dad - who apparently had not been enlightened to the popcorn-throwing
part of the plan - saw what we were doing and voiced his objections.
So, we paused the movie at hand and had fun picking up popcorn
bits for a while.
We ate cheap-but-decent pizza from Simple Simon’s. Bad
Taste almost made Billy vomit - he actually had to get up and run
to the bathroom, but didn’t quite throw up. (It's a fairly
sick film.) My date introduced me to the wonder of black jelly
beans (which, in turn, actually taught me to enjoy licorice).
Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved with the party at all.
got back to my house, the only song I definitely remember playing is
the full “Quad: Final Mix” of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy
the Silence,” clocking in at around 15 minutes long. It
was a wonderful night, and served as a nice precursor to our senior
prom, which occurred six days later.
next year or so, we had a few more Duohouse Pilgrimage parties, but
they all pretty much paled in comparison to the first one.
so much of that period of my life, and at the same time, I really loved
it. I have pictures of that first Pilgrimage around here.
Someday, perhaps, I shall scan them in and share them.