The Night I Rocked Out With Kim Deal
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio.
When I was 17, I worked at a restaurant called Friendly’s. My friend Mike and I scooped ice cream while my other friend Eric was a line cook. We worked with this other line cook named Ben Schelker.
Ben was 10 years older then us and was in a local band called Candyass. His previous band, The Oxymorons, was fairly well known in Dayton so Candyass was being invited onto billings with major up and coming bands. One of the first Candyass shows I went to they opened up for a band named Sebadoh at a strip mall club less then a mile from my parents house.
Dayton at the time was being compared to the next Seattle for its music scene. We had the likes of Brainiac and Real Lulu tearing up the bars around the University of Dayton ghetto. We also had a band named Guided by Voices who were starting to see some real commercial success outside of Ohio.
Ben was friends with Robert Pollard and was asked to join a multi band billing at a jazz club in Dayton.
Benefit for the Winos
June 2nd, 1995
Gilly’s Jazz – Dayton, Ohio
Ticket Price: $8
Eric, Mike and I bought our tickets and headed into the show. We knew Candyass and GBV were on the bill, but there was another band opening named Tammy and the Amps.
As soon as they hit the stage (with a half empty club) this was our conversation:
“Is that Kim Deal?”
“That guitar case has Breeders spray painted on it.”
“Yep. That’s Kim Deal.”
Kim and her twin sister Kelly are from Dayton. They had a band called The Breeders. Kim had spent a lot of time in Boston with another band she had founded called The Pixies but both were now back in town. Kelly had just been busted for heroin so the Breeders were no more (at least at that time). In response, Kim started Tammy and the Amps. This show turned out to be their first major gig. They were awesome.
Candyass played after. It was always fun to watch Ben play. He was a damn fine rocker.
The last band was GBV and after Ben’s set he met up with my friends and I. As we were waiting for GBV to start, another friend of his named Kim joined us.
Kim Deal. And she hung out with us for the entire Guided by Voices set.
I remember standing there, a 17 year old kid going into his senior year in high school thinking: “You were in The Pixies. You were on David Letterman. You toured with U2. How am I hanging out with you?”
GBV was already known for their drunkenness during shows. This show was over the top. People were jumping on stage and singing the songs themselves. Even Ben got into the action.
At one point, Robert Pollard was laying on his back “signing”.
My friends and I were all sober and in the middle of a drunk rock show meltdown.
A local band beat writer for the Dayton Daily News was at the show. He was an obvious fan but his review, which was printed two days later, tore into the show as the worst and an embarrassment to the band.
Guided by Voices, having a great sense of humor, bootlegged the show on vinyl with the DDN review on the jacket. It’s a very sought after GBV bootleg.
For me, I’ll always remember it as the night I rocked out with Kim Deal.
One of the best nights of my life.