Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Los Straitjackets on Conan
by D. Patrick Rodgers
on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM
, well, it just felt random.
Anyhow, yes, they still wear wrestling masks. And yes, they still play shit that, to me, is virtually indistinguishable from Dick Dale, The Ventures and the like. I suppose there will always be a market for goofy, anonymous players of reverb-y guitar. God bless America. Los Straitjackets are touring
, but mainly in Europe and not anywhere near Nashville. You can see their performance from last night here
, but you'll have to skip the first 35 minutes of the show and this link will likely expire in a week or two. Personally, I think the black-masked guitarist is way better than the white-masked one. Like, embarrassingly so.
So last night I was doing some late-night tube-viewing--in a state of mind that might precipitate late-night tube-viewing, if you catch my drift--and just as all of memories of Nashville's beloved Los Straitjackets were about to vanish forever from the deepest recesses of my brain, they appeared on screen. I mean, it makes sense that these dudes are still touring. They've built up a substantial fan base amongst surf rockers and rockabilly types over the years. But seeing them on