The "Hi!" Thread - Part VII
The "Hi!" Thread - Part VII
Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 15:19:42 -0400
From: Mike SantaLucia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi! My name is Kelly and my husband is Mike. Sorry it has taken us so
long to post our addition to the hi thread but we've been a little
delireous with the new CD(or at least I have). We have been posting
occasionally on the ng and have participated on chat a few times. Now
that I know how to post(recently computer illiterate,gradually becoming
literate) I can post too!
To get on with our experiences. We've been part of the ng for about a
year now. Over this year we've read a lot of "Intro to Moxy" stories. I
thought it was about time I shared ours. It was back in 1993 after a
good friend(and Toronto native)introduced us to the BNL. We became big
fans of BNL so he said to us "If you like BNL you'll like Moxy Fruvous!"
As all first timers do we said,"Moxy who?,What?, Where?" Any how he
gave us a tape to listen to. It was one a "Best of" tape from CFNY (a
Toronto Alt. Radio Station). It had groups on it such as Lowest of the
Low, 49 Acres, The Waltons, and Moxy Fruvous. This tape had 2 of Moxy's
songs on it. And what do you think they were? Of course, "King of
Spain", and "Green Eggs and Ham". We really liked them, so we taped
That summer the same friend told us that Moxy was playing at a free
concert in Buffalo(where we live if I forgot to mention it)called
"Thurday in the Square". We went with our 10 month old in tow and a
couple of other friends and had our very first Moxy Experience. To this
day we tell everyone "The tapes and CD's are excellent, but to hear Moxy
you have to see them live!"
Back to the story. This was a great show in August 1993 (we have photos
of Jian in the long purple coat for GE&H)and it began our lives as a
family of "Fruheads". The next show we saw was in March(?) of 1994 in
Buffalo at the Icon, then NYE in Buffalo 1994 and 95 at the Tralf. In
March of 1996 we finally got a hold of a complete list of Tour dates.
We decided that we would attend any and all that we possibly could, and
we did. The first of these was in Utica (my home town)in early June.
At this show we introduced Kelly's brother and girlfriend to Moxy. Next
show was mid July in Buffalo at the Artvoice Block Party, then Oswego
(Harbour Festival), CNE in early Sept, Ogden St. Concet Hall in Buffalo
in Oct., and to finish the year right NYE in NYC.
Since then we have added Ogden St. in Buffalo in April, The Spectrum in
Rochester, and we will be attending Clinton in May (only 20 minutes from
Kelly's mom-FREE BABYSITTER!).
I guess you could say we are really big fans (Kelly especially). Like I
said earlier we are a Frufamily. Our once 10 month old is now four and
insists on listening to "Horshoes", "Big Fish", and his most recent fav
"Michigan Militia". I listen to Moxy in the car religiously but he is
worse. He insists on listening to Moxy over any other tape or radio
station in the car and proceeds to through a 4 yr.old temper tantrum if
we don't comply. We also have a 21 month old who dances and sings(baby
sings)with all Moxy songs. You may not believe it but he gets really
excited at "Michigan Militia" and "Johny Saucep'n". We take our kids
with us to all outdoor venues. We do this because they enjoy it so much
but also because we can attend without the burden of locating a
babysitter (also indoor venues are rough on little ears). We have made
a few conversions of late also. My(kelly)brother has now ventured to a
Moxy concert on his own in NYC(tramps-he attends school in LI). Our good
friends went with us to Ogden St. recently and bought a CD for her
brother (we bought one for them)-they said Moxy is really fun!
Well, I guess that's about it (I'm sure my husband will inform me of
something I have left out). We, like the rest of you, are eagerly
awaiting any news of any kind on our fav band, MOXY FRUVOUS. We are
forever devoted to follow Moxy around like a puppy begging for another
bone or a baby bird waiting for the worm from its mother.
Avoir from Buffalo,
Subject: Re: Hi
Date: 14 May 1997 00:52:00 GMT
From: "Dan Jablonski" (email@example.com)
Well, I promised Zard I'd post something, and this thread looks like a good
one to jump in on..
I was introduced to Moxy Fruvous in April of 1996, when a bunch of friends
dragged me to a concert in Cambridge, MA (a five minute walk from the MIT
dorm where I lived at the time).
It was a pretty small crowd (for a Boston show..) on a Thursday night, but
as Moxy Fruvous can do so well, they put on a superb concert for those of
us that showed up...
Then in June I graduated from MIT and had no job. But I had the Fruhead
card, so I employed myself trekking across the northeast to Moxy Fruvous
concerts from Baltimore to Buffalo to Ottawa to Portland.. By the time I
started work in January, I had 14 stamps..
Since then, I have cut back on the 400 mile trips, but I'll still drive as
far as NYC.. (Well, there was that show in Champaign, IL a few weeks ago
thanks to Northwest Airlines counting a 23 hour stop in Illinois as a
Anyway, aside from Moxy Fruvous (and *maybe* Jimmy Buffett), I've never had
a concert experience I'd want to repeat 20 times in one year... And it
works because the concert experience doesn't repeat--every show manages to
be different, even if the set list is the same...
See y'all in Albany, Boston, Woodbury............
Subject: Hi (con't)
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 11:01:16 -0500
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Bray)
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Continuing the Hi thread and finally delurking---
My name is Andrew Bray and I am a Fruhead.
I think the true addiction actually began when I saw them at the Bayou in March, but I have been
listening (and reading the ng) for about a year now. It was at the Bayou I finally met Chris and Zard
and picked up my ng pin (Thanks Vic!) and experienced the Fru. Also picked up Wood and B.
I found MF through a friend who said if you like BNL you'll love Fruvous. Although each groups music
is unique, I think their similarities go further than both groups being from the Great White North. Great
instrumentation, some humor, incredible talent and not taking themselves too seriously all factor in to
the similarity. So I don't think they sound alike, but there is some tie. I mean, I would certainly
recommend BNL to a Fruvous fan and vice-versa.
My other favorite band right now is eddie from ohio. There have been plenty of posts about efo here
especially since the Harvard show where they played with MF. My "claim to fame" of sorts is that a
few months before the Harvard show I spun a copy of Bargainville for Mike from efo and he
absolutely loved it. Now whenever I see him he always asks me if I've seen them lately. The other
members of efo are big fans, too. All (ironically, except for Mike) were at the Bayou show and had a
blast. I have a bunch of efo shows on tape and would certainly trade for some MF.......
I live outside of DC now, but I'm originally from just outside of Utica, NY so the upcoming Clinton
show (an 8 hour drive) is a homecoming of sorts. Many of my friends and family will be in attendance.
See everyone there!
Title: A new Hi thread
Author: "Marisa and Mike"
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 23:50:47 -0500
I read a post just now about how we new NG members should introduce
ourselves and tell our Fruvous stories --- well, I'm not one to pass up an
opportunity to talk about myself....
I got into the band because my best friend's older sister Lisa (who I've
idolized since, like, third grade) told me that she had heard an interview
with them on some tiny NYC radio station and thought they'd be right up my
alley. I, of course, eagerly ran right out to the Wall to buy the album and
was hooked - it's all I listened to the summer of my freshman year of
college. Well, that and Phish's "Hoist", and Counting Crows.... but
Another Fru story -- this guy I was in LOVE with on my floor freshman year
came from Washington State, where apparently BNL and Moxy Fruvous are quite
common -- anyway, he had a mix on with songs by these bands, and I thought
my heart would explode with love!!! Epilogue - we never got together, but
we remain the very best of friends.... and we fool around occasionally ;-D
So that's my story!
Title: Re: A new Hi thread
Author: Thomas Fazzio
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 11:35:54 -0500
I guess I never got around to introducing myself, so here it comes. My name is
Tom Fazzio, I am a Freshman at Clarkson University studying Computer Science way
up here in Potsdam, NY.
Moxy Fruvous was first introduced to me by two friends back in high school (the
good ole days). High school was ES-M back near Syracuse, NY. One kid had Wood,
and since I was going to Canada that weekend, the other wanted me to buy Wood
for him. I wasn't too interested, and didn't get around to a music store.
This was way back in 1995. Flash to the next year: On the bus ride home from
school in December, I see an album of that same band in a bag of a friend. I
borrow it for the weekend (Bargainville) and needless to say - I'm hooked. I
have always been an opponent to the mainstream, always looking for other things,
and how more Fruvous a statment is that?
I ask my sister (recently married, what a wedding it was!) for Bargainville by
Moxy Fruvous for Christmas. She goes to Media Play with my brother and cannot
find the CD. The cleck tells them it is in the Jazz section and they simply
don't believe that *I* would listen to jazz... (BTW: Fruvous is now in the
Popular Music section in Media Play)
Come March, I am in the mall again with my girlfriend and happen to look through
the Fruvous rack - a NEW CD! I purchase it immediately and again fall in love
with the Fruvous sound. In July I learn that Fruvous is playing at Styleen's
and since my girlfriend was under 18, she couldn't go, so my sister goes with
me. What a show it was - I was sitting on the right of the stage and loving
every minute of it. Got Wood for myself, and am now actively following Fruvous.
Most recently, I was in Ro-cha-cha on the 8th for a great weekend. See THAT
story on my page: http://126.96.36.199
Last week, I made all the songs on the three albums into mp3 files. Only 126
mg! Has anyone else done this, if so please let me know - some of my songs slur
see you all in Syracuse on Dec 5,
Title: The new Hi Thread
Author: email@example.com (Gorbitron)
Date: 18 Nov 1997 03:37:16 GMT
Well I was told Saturday night I would have to put a message onto this thread,
and I bring you this.....in my classic rambling style??
My name is Gordon Elgart, I am 26 years old, and I am a Fruhead.
A few years ago, and I don't remember exactly when, yeP! was playing one of
their legendary (in my mind) blowout free shows at Fire and Water, the
vegeterian cafe and performance space in Northampton, Mass. Now my favorite
place to park myself was at the little counter facing the staging area (not a
stage, just an area) writing stuff in my journal or the public journal.
Tonight I was in the public journal and I was writing "Discussion Topics" for
people who might read the journal. One of them was "yeP! is a silly name for
a band. If you were going to name the band, what would you rename it. And
"Nope" is right out!"
Well anway, John or Jackson (I think John) came up to me during a set break and
wanted to know what I was writing when they were playing. I showed them my
question and they had me come up to the microphone and ask people. Then some
people came over and gave me their suggestions. After the show I discussed
them with the band and we decided the best was "Yellow Expatriate Parameceum"
(excuse the spelling).
Anyway, flash back to their encore.
They did this incredibly groovy semi-a capella number about the King of Spain.
I thought it was just the greatest thing! I asked them after the show "Hey
when did you guys write that one?"
To which I think Matty replied (he was wearing a Moxy Fruvous hat at the time.
I wish they'd make these hats again) "that's a Moxy Fruvous song..."
"Who's Moxy Fruvous?" I asked innocently, not expecting the response I was
about to get.
The entire band surrounded me angrily and said "you don't know Moxy Fruvous?
Go out and buy their album! Tomorrow! Hurry Up!" and perhaps some other
Anyway I was in Boston that weekend and I bought Bargainville and I played King
of Spain for my friends and I listened to King of Spain and I walked around
singing King of Spain, but I wasn't quite into that much of the album. Then I
noticed they were playing at the Middle East one time when i was in town for
something completely different. I had some time free, so I went.
And the rest is history, I suppose....
This was long enough so I suppose I will post my discovery of the Moxy Fruvous
online comminity at a later date.
Just one more note. Although yeP! is no more (and this really sucks), at least
they gave me Moxy Fruvous, and for that I will be eternally greatful. Thanks
for singing King of Spain!!!
Title: Re: Who is the patron saint of caffiene?
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Vika Zafrin)
Date: 18 Nov 1997 20:44:01 GMT
I'm an undergrad, graduating in May, at the apparently infamous Boston
University, located in my favorite city in this country. Note I said in this
country, because my singular favorite city is still my hometown (actually a
city), Kishinev, Moldova, former USSR. I've been in the States for seven
years now, but still consider myself Russian, and don't know if I'll ever be
able to say "I'm an American" (is there really such a thing, though?) My
major is in Italian (hence all the babble about Italy), and my minor (to which
I sometimes pay more attention than to my major) is in theatre arts. I love
doing theatre -- have acted, but like teching much better, mostly stage
managing and assistant-directing, but I've done pretty much everything short
of design. I love (aside from good coffee and Fruvous) languages, green apples, my
brother, computers and the Internet, cooking, gaming (role-playing games,
mostly Whitewolf and Call of Cthulhu, and strategy games), Renaissance
Faires, singing, reading (mainly sci-fi, fantasy, and good poetry), eggplants
(to the point where a summer boss of mine gave me a huge one from the Farmer's
Market as a goodbye present once), juggling, playing guitar (at which I
presently suck, for lack of time to practice/study) and many other things I'm
forgetting. I'm currently applying to grad schools, hoping to study Italian
(Renaissance culture, theater and cinema), but even if I get accepted to a
program I like AND get lots of money to go there, I'll most probably take a
year off before plunging into more studies. Eventually, I'm hoping to teach
and research at a college/university as my day job, and do fun stuff like
theater, Ren Faires (yes, work at one) etc. when I can. Imagine a Beginning
Italian prof who dons Faire garb and talks in BFA (Basic Faire Accent) on the
Fruvous... My freshman year, I met a new friend online, in a stupid newsgroup
that neither of us liked, the only redeeming quality of which was that we
became friends. His name is Andy, and he is (surprise!) Canadian, living
first in New Brunswick and then in BC somewheres, going to school there. He
was the one who sent me copies of Bargainville and Wood; I was immediately
hooked. For a couple of years, I thought I was the only person in this city
who knew/liked them, until I met Adam, now a good friend who shares in almost
all my Fruvous experiences along with Kayte, his fiancee, my friend, and also
a Fruhead. The two of them are really into camping; thanks to them, I have
now been to Falcon Ridge twice. There is a whole big group of people I hung
out with before really getting into Fruvous, who now love the Lads' music and
also go to concerts... although they look at me in all kindsa strange ways
when I do stuff like go to NYC to see them. Then again, I get those looks
from various folks about other things as well...
Why do I stick with saying Moxy Fruvous is my favorite band? That should be
self-evident from my review of the Mercury Lounge show. It's not just about
the music; it's about the friends, and the improv, and the band's
accessability after the shows, and the whole experience of glam folk. ;)
And that's my story.
*gets off the soapbox*
Vika [VEE-kah] Patron Saint of Caffeine
Title: Hi Thread
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 17:56:50 -0500
My name is Matthew Keener from Columbus OH & I've been a Fruhead since
Spring of '94.
That particular spring I was unemployed & consequently had lots of time to
listen to the radio, specifically our outstanding public radio station here,
One day they played "King of Spain" and I was entertained and intrigued.
The next day they played "BJ Don't Cry" and I was hooked...I called the
radio station and asked "Who are these guys?"
I bought Bargainville that afternoon (after much searching through the indie
I've seen every Columbus show since, about six or seven (I don't really keep
count...after all, I was a Deadhead in a former lifetime).
A friend of mine was taking a (so-called) Communications class at Ohio
State, and one of his assignments was to create a video, though not
necessarily a music video. I had turned him on to Fruvous some time before,
and we decided to do a video of "King of Spain." Naturally, I was the King
(it's good to be the king).
It took three weeks to shoot (tho' you couldn't tell that from watching it,
it is kinda "low-budget") and got an "A" for the six students who worked on
I got to drive a REAL zamboni!!!!!!!!! (what a gas!)
It was silly, still is.
I gave a copy of the tape to the band when they played here in April.
Caught up with them after the Ludlow's show on 10/8 to get their individual
Dave: "We howled!!"
Mike: "Who's the guy? You're the guy!!! We howled!!!"
Jian: "An obvious candidate for the Fruvous Hall of Fame."
Murray: I forgot what Murray said about it, but it wasn't negative.
See ya in Chicago and Cinci this weekend!