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July 18, 2007


In last week's nightlife column, I wrote about the Purple Moose in Ocean City. A cover band named Frankie and the Actions (FATAL) were playing that night, and I ribbed them a little.

Here's two excerpts from the column:

"The four guys in FATAL look like they've been grinding out Guns N' Roses for the past 15 to 20 years. Beer guts and thinning hair be darned, they could still rock."


"The bassist was a little animated, and the drummer was confined to his stool, but the other two just stood there like lumps."

Both the singer and the drummer e-mailed me about the story, and they took my jabs really well. Most bands have really thin skin, and melt down when writers criticize them -- even a little.

Here's some of what the singer wrote:

"I haven't stopped laughing. Brutally honest. ... I really didn't think i just stood there like a lump. I'll have to remedy that. Thanks for pointing some of the good too as well as your honest perception of us. When Mike (Mann, the drummer) sent me the email the subject line said: The Good, The Bad, The Beer Guts. I'm still laughing ( at ourselves ). As they say..... there's no such thing as bad publicity. I guess. ... Loved the article, warts and all.


Michael Mead
Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitarist
Frankie and the Actions

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:37 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Local music


you gotta give them credit for good attitude!!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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