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Dead/Dan Sideshow Contest
Here's something that showed up on the
6/14 issue of Jim McKay's
SD E-mail Digest.
Good idea, no?
From: jjmckay-SNIP@SNIP-itchy.faa.uiuc.edu & Howard.Friedenberg-SNIP@SNIP-corp.sun.com
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 1996 20:28:02 -0500
Subject: Dead/Dan Sideshow Contest
Hopefully all of you will participate in the contest sponsored by
Swami Pete and St. A. It's a mighty keen idea -- thinking about that first
show and the prizes are bound to make any Dan fan's nipples hard. When
submitting your items to Swami Pete and St. A., I think it might be kind of
cool to also share your thoughts on the first setlist here at
Recently, Dan Blanchard, a.k.a. "The Barfmaster," wrote asking if myself
and H.b. (Friedenberg) were going to sponsor yet another "event." (In
1993 we had the "Steely Fan Dream Set" contest and in 1995 we had the
"Steely Dan Summer Sci Fi Writing Contest", just to name a few
Last week H.b. and I have been batting around an idea for a contest. Now
that it's been announced, we don't want to take away from the main event --
"The Steely Dan Contest (Guess the Setlist for The First Show)," but we
thought we'd offer up this little contest as a sideshow/extra credit question.
Here's Hoops! and H.b.'s side show contest idea:
After one day when we saw the "Deadheads Welcome" shingle out on the Dan
web page we got to talking. Many of us Dan Fanz are also huge Dead heads.
With the passing of St. Jerome, the Deadheads community is in a state of
adjustment and change. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity
to see some of the Dead family at the "Further Festival" this summer (a
tour featuring Dead alumni Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Rob Wasserman and Bruce
Hornsby and more), however, things will be smaller and tangental to the
Dead. And many of us Deadhead/career types can't travel as far from home
as much as we used to with the Dead (or the Dan for that matter). So we
think the Dan shows could be a further tangent of the post-Dead Experience,
complementing the limited number of Deadshows that could be taken in a
given vicinity. It also seems that a number of Deadheads and all of Dandom
could benefit with extra-curricular activities at the Dan's shows.
It's more than a hunch that something definitely could be added to both the
Dan and Dead scenes if the mutual exchange of fandom were increased
multifold: hey, the Dan and the Dead share a number of fans (this digest
grew out of rec.music.gdead); the Dead are embarking on totally new
territory and, given a band that includes the likes of Wayne Krantz and
others, the Dan look as if they will be tripping into even more uncharted
and improvisational territory. So I think the Dan's tour could be the
perfect complement to any Further Festival's concert goer's summer
And jeez, a number of us Deadheads wish there were more lively Dead fans at
the Dan shows. Many Dan fans are great --loyal, great taste in music, but,
IMHO, too many sit on their hands and in their seats during shows. And
maybe those that go to Dan shows to only reminisce could learn a thing or
two about the "now" from the Deadheads. (I don't think the Deadheads were
taking potty breaks during the new material during the last two Dead or Dan
So our Steely Fan Sideshow Contest question is your own original answer to
the following questions:
"What would attract Dead fans to the Dan shows?" and "Speculate on a perspective Dan Fanz/Deadheads colaboratoium festival.
What's the potential here?"
I'm sorry to say we don't have anything as unique or exciting as anything
touched by the Dan and their associates. But to indulge your favor in
answering this burning question, we have a humble first prize as follows:
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE "Citizen Steely Dan," you will receive it, assuming you
response is numero uno. IF YOU *DO* own this box set and your response is
selected, we have an alternate prize: we will arrange to have your favorite
tracks totally 60-74 minutes from *your* box set copied to a customized
single Compact Disc. You must own the box set for the second option and
proof and letter will be required. The idea is that all of us probably
have our favorite Dan tunes compiled to a little cassette (under the home
taping loophole in the law) and we'd wish we had it on CD. (H.b. checked
this out with the lawyers as to how to handle this.) Other prizes as
appropriate (probalmostly original Lps with the lyrics that were missing
from from the MCA re-issues.)
So as not to have two deadlines that conflict with the main event, all
submissions must be mailed to
by Wednesday, June 26, 1996 at 6:00 PM New York City time.
All items will appear on the digest and become public domain.
Please write jjmckay-SNIP@SNIP-uiuc.edu or Howard.Friedenberg-SNIP@SNIP-corp.sun.com with
further questions or for further clarification. Other appropriate
co-sponsors thankfully welcomed by writing to hoops! or H.b.
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