When I was about nine years old Rapture by Blondie was a top hit. You could count on it being played at least twenty times during a day’s rotation. I loved Blondie. She was so cool with her white dress, red lips and black and white hair. So cool.
Around that time my then best friend had an older cousin visiting from Puerto Rico. He was the talk of the neighborhood. Nobody was as cool as he was. And no one was as fine – like ridiculously fine – either. He had a perfectly curly fro and café-con-leche skin. He wore really tight jeans, black Pumas, and a sleeveless T-shirt with the tagline, “Blondie is a Band”. I was in love. Trying to act all cool, like I knew some shit about the current music scene, I was like, “What?! Blondie ain’t a band! That’s stupid!” The cousin, he was like 16 years old or something, looked down at me real cool and said, “No nena, you’re the one who’s stupid ‘cause Blondie is a band.”
For years I didn’t realize Debbie Harry’s name was Debbie Harry and not Blondie, and it was, in fact, a band. So to spare you the embarrassment let me set you straight right now – Sid Brown is a band, or rather a duo. But before they were a duo/band Sid Brown was but a yearning in drummer Bryan Lee Brown’s soul. He had a need to create finely crafted treatises to primo pussy and all night benders. Seriously, the man likes to have a good time. He’s a musician in Southern California. He started the Sid Brown project a few years back with the intention that it would be a five piece band, but one thing lead to another with various band members coming and going in the fashion that band members do and then it was a solo project with just an iPod and go-go dancers for back-up. That seemed to work for a piece but then one fateful evening he met Patricia ‘PK’ Klein, a guitarist from Rio de Janeiro, and like some things do, it just worked out between them (background commonalities and love of good times helped) and now they’re a duo. They still rock the iPod and back-up dancers when the occasion calls for it.
After a couple o gigs in the Florida Keys, and some stints around Los Angeles, they’re working some fresh tunes with a Carioca vibe and have their eyes trained on touring even sultrier and sweaty cities –evidently they both dig extreme humidity – in the near future. For now, both musicians work side projects in other bands and record when they can. I had a chance to speak with BLB when he came off a tour of Northern California with his other band, Holloys.
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