In the fall of 1998, having just moved to Columbus, my former college roommate Charlie and I headed down to Mekka to catch Soul Asylum at the tale end of their tour supporting the just released Candy From A Stranger album. We got much more than we bargained for.
From what I recall, the band came out dressed in costumes. Hey, it was Halloween afterall. If I remember correctly, and I’m probably not, they were dressed as the Village People, or at least made half-assed attempts as Village People. To the best of my memory, it was a pretty raucous, good-sloppy show, filled with covers (TLC’s Waterfalls, for one) and the hits you’d expect.
I didn’t know who Imperial Teen were when I went to this show. I knew they had a couple of albums out in the 90s, and one guy had been in Faith No More, but beyond that… nothing. I went to see Howlin Maggie, who in a transitional period between the original line-up and a new line-up of various Columbus musicians.
HM primarily drew from their only album (at that point), Honeysuckle Strange, with a few covers included, but did debut some new tunes that would end up on either the second (and last) HM album three years later, and even on lead singer Happy Chichester’s solo album in 2007.
As a band my friends and I discovered in college, completely unaware they were based on two hours away, it was kind of thrill to see them playing together again. Little did we know that just a few years later we’d be sharing the same stage with them.