From somewhere in Rockland County, approximately 30 years ago, please enjoy ace roots-rockers The Roues Brothers -- tolerating, out of the great goodness of their hearts, a special guest asshole whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels -- and a pretty damn funny version of Van Morrison's immortal "Gloria."
That Nimels guy was pretty skinny. And had so much hair he didn't need a beret. Wow.
But seriously, folks, the Roues Bros. are an amazing band, as you can see, and they're still at it -- you can read more about them HERE. But for those of you who remember those fabulous 80s, they used to do business as The Broadcasters. a group who made an album for Enigma, produced by no less a worthy than Wayne Kramer of the MC5, that is one of the great lost masterpieces of its decade. If you can find a copy, pounce.
I bring all that up because, if you listen carefully, guitarist Billy Roues breaks into the opening riff of "Down in the Trenches" toward the end of the live video. Too bad I didn't let them do the entire song, and all these years later I apologize profusely.
I should also add that I wouldn't have had the stones to front a band doing "Gloria" if it hadn't been for my old college pal Eric C. Boardman. Thanks Eric.