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Check Out My Friends

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 6:21 am in Uncategorized.

Music from some old friends of mine will be featured on Thursday’s episode of “Ugly Betty,” which I believe is on at 8 p.m. on ABC.

During the bowling scene, whatever that means, the Leonards will be playing. A great rock band with lots of sloppy-but-great Replacements-ish hooks, the Leonards have been around since at least the early ’90s, when my band (Nag Nag Nag) played just about every other show with them on the same bill. They’ve had members die and quit and have managed to stick it out and survive.

Along with a bunch of other bands, a writer from L.A. Weekly put us all into this “Alternative Power Source” coalition, in which we shared bills, cross-promoted, and generally helped each other out. We also did a lot of drinking and assorted other stupid things. (Never challenge an entire band to a fight in the middle of Melrose, even if they are your friends. You’ll end up being pushed down a hill in a shopping cart.) We all even put out a compilation record “Smells Like L.A.,” (our answer to the “teen spirit” of the Seattle scene) on something called Wrecking Ball Records. If you find a copy, let me know. I was the extremely good-looking guy with long hair on the inside sleeve …

It’s good to see that at least some of us stuck with it.

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9 Responses to “Check Out My Friends”

  1. J Says:

    Does your band have a website?

  2. Tony Hicks Says:

    I just discovered last week my old band Nag Nag Nag has a MySpace page – but it covers ’87-’90, the three years I wasn’t in the band. It was set up by the original singer, with whom I briefly rehearsed before I quit (It wasn’t his fault). I re-joined Nag in ’90 after it moved to L.A. when, coincidently, we got a new singer. We went on for another three years, so there were really two distinct periods. I’m sending him some pics and music from the later years. Once it’s up, I’ll post the address on my blog, so people can write in and make fun of how I used to dress.

  3. Joe Says:

    Excellen Smithers

  4. Joe Says:


  5. Tony Hicks Says:

    You’re confusing me, Joe,

  6. Joe Says:

    Sorry. That’s a very common complaint.

  7. Joe Says:

    Sorry. I hear that complaint quite often.

  8. Joe Says:

    Apparently I also have issues with posting comments to blogs. Please delete any and all unnecessary comments. Jesus, why do I feel like Jon Favreau’s character in Swingers?

  9. vinnie ballgame Says:

    Mmmmmm. Squirrel.