Mudcat Café message #637671 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #43598   Message #637671
Posted By: Cappuccino
29-Jan-02 - 03:31 AM
Thread Name: Why the cigarette in the guitar?
Subject: RE: Why the cigarette in the guitar?
The Deckman writes - "it was hard enough to find breath to sing with a smoking cigarette burning 12 inches from your nose." American Catters will exercise a high level of incredulity here, but in the 80s, in the British country-and-western boom, the audience would be dressed as cowboys, in the bizarre belief that there was some connection between country music and the wild west. They would have, in the interval, shoot-outs with replica guns that fired blanks.

Going onstage after that was like playing in fog. You could barely see the audience, and the first couple of songs would be coughed rather than sung!

- Ian B