Snotty Scotty and the Hankies celebrate 25th anniversary of their self-titled album at T. Boyle’s Saturday
By Bliss Bowen 10/30/2013
Snotty Scotty and the Hankies have arguably played more dive bars across the San Gabriel Valley than any other local band still standing. Once the official house band of Old Pasadena’s Old Towne Pub, not to mention a regular presence at the Doo Dah Parade, the so-called “ultimate cover band” also made Toe’s Tavern a home base in the 1980s and early ’90s. This Saturday, they’ll return to the scene of past crimes, er, rhymes when they play what is now T. Boyle’s Tavern.
The occasion: The 25th anniversary celebration of the band’s self-titled 1988 LP, which was issued on the Doo Dah Records label. The plan is for Scotty & Co. to perform the album in order, for the first time ever. Rumor has it they have actually been practicing — also a first.
“We’re gonna open up with a set of some stuff, and then the second set is gonna be the entire album by itself,” explains irreverent frontman Scott Finnell. “We’ll be playing the songs from the LP in order and in its entirety, and for sure it will be the first time that we’ve done that live. And then we’ll play on through the night. Hopefully we’ll just sign autographs, and sell records. But it doesn’t matter.”
Snotty Scotty and the Hankies’ local legend is based on Finell’s devil-may-care humor, as well as sheer persistence and ubiquity. One thing they’re not is virtuosic. But they love their classic rock canon, heavy on ’60s heroes like Clapton and the Kinks.
Considering how many “used Hankies” have strapped on instruments in the band over the past two-and-a-half decades, the stage should be jumping at T. Boyle’s Saturday night. Also expected in the house are some of the roughly 150 donors who contributed 10 bucks apiece to get the original LP made, in exchange for being credited on the album sleeve.
The Hankies classics in question that will get the revival treatment Saturday include “(Let’s Go Get) Shitfaced,” “Erica’s Place,” “Heavy Bread” and “Omo the Hobo,” as well as their revved-up covers of the Rolling Stones’ “Heart of Stone” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” both included on the 1988 recording.
If Finnell has his way it will be a marathon celebration, as he promises they’ll play “all the songs that even aren’t on it” — which may or may not include tunes from the album they’re currently making with producer Tony Zamora.
“It’s mostly original; it takes me 25 years to write five songs,” Finnell wisecracks. “I’m aiming for it to come out on Pearl Harbor Day. Sounds like a good idea to me. Two bombs.”
Snotty Scotty and the Hankies 25th anniversary celebration of their 1988 album at T. Boyle’s Tavern, 37 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call (626) 578-0957. timeriver.net/snottyscotty, tboylestavern.com