First things first:
DRAGON = Like my heroes Bruce Lee, John Lennon and Ringo Star, BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
BOY = Determined primarily by things like which type of genitalia I have or don't have (HINT: THIS HERE AIN'T NO VAGINA MONOLOGUE) and facial hair and icky stuff like that.
GNARLY = Very stupid stage name I gave myself in a moment of, you guessed it, STUPIDITY. Even worse was the name I gave my band, THE TOUGH GUYS. No apologies or excuses. It's too late for that now.
Yes, this is Phil Gnarly, and no, this is not Steve (Cunningham) Gnarly, and no, YOU MAY NOT DO YOUR RAP NOW. I may. And my rap is:
flanneljammies is correct that famous Madisonians Butch Vig, Steve "Magic" Marker, and Doug "Duke" Ericson and that girl and their band were NEVER a part of the Madison Music scene. They were a studio band that released an album, had some success, did another album, got a song on a JAMES BOND soundtrack, then disappeared. Now they've reappeared. So what?
And although I understand the focus on Smart Studios in the current exhibition at the WSHS, I am one who says that such an exhibit is not a very good idea because too many have been left out, it's inaccurate to focus an exhibit on Smart Studios and Garbage as representative of the Madison Music Scene, and other clubs were also left out (as flanneljammies noted). Venues like The Wagon Wheel, The Nar Bar, that dinky place across from the Majestic where Ivory Library frequently appeared, the name I am currently spacing out.
No disrespect or lack of appreciation, either. to the Tar Babies/Killdozer/Mecht Mensch folks, all of whom I have only fond memories of, but doggone it, that's like Swamp Thing and my band and The Weeds (only) representing the entire scene if we were the featured performers at the live performance and so on. Didn't go to that because I was...unable to attend for unspecified reasons. To do justice to an entire decade or two (80s or 80s/90s) of Madison Music, the High Noon, Frequency, and other Venues would need to dedicate a week or two to reunions jam sessions and such.
No exhibit can or will capture or take the place of all those gorgeous memories, including (and here I differ with flanneljammies just a little) G.S.Vig's, which was kinda like playing in someone's basement, only they had national acts booked there. Still, it was the birthplace of Phil Gnarly and the Tough Guys, probably some other bands, too. We and other bands and eventually Tom Layton made O'Cayz into the Rock Palace it became, same with Club D, Nar Bar, Headliner's, The Pub, and so forth and so on and such with and then some.
Phil Gnarly 2012