Annus Horribilis

The El Orbits' David Beebe comes back from the near-dead

Now Beebe has finished his rehab and is back behind the drums.

Everything is back to normal, except he's on hypertension medication. Beebe is happy to be back in Orbit, and is very grateful to Dr. Patel at the Med-Cure on Broadway. (Dr. Patel has since transferred to Med-Cure's Bissonnet location, and Beebe wants Racket to tell him "Hi" for him.)

Scuttlebutt Caboose

Hollywood came to Sound Exchange on February 7. The ramshackle Richmond Avenue record emporium caught the eye of film producers at VH1, who are at work on a docudrama called PMRC, about Tipper Gore's Reagan-era pop music inquisition. There's a fictional record store in the movie called Grooves in Motion, says Sound Exchange co-owner Kurt Brennan. "So they came in and redid our store as Grooves in Motion, and we were blessed to have Jason Priestley, Griffin Dunne and Dee Snider in our store at the same time."

VH1 was looking for a store that still stocked LPs for its pre-CD period flick, and Sound Exchange suited them to a tee. "We have one half as records and one half as CDs, and they covered up the CD part," says Brennan. "They came in the day before the shoot and basically redid the whole store, and then shot all day Thursday and then cleaned up on Friday."

The music network was the epitome of good manners, says Brennan. "They were great. The crew went overboard making sure they got everything back the way it was. It was fascinating to watch them shoot, and they did a really good job of not making it unreasonable for us."

PMRC is set to air as early as next month. Snider plays himself in the flick, while Priestley (according to Brennan) is playing a congressional aide. This is the third film VH1 has shot in Houston in the last year. The currently airing Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story and the fictional band biopic At Any Cost are the other two…Racket had the somewhat odd experience of attending two parades celebrating different events on February 9. Needless to say, at both the Rodeo Parade and Galveston Mardi Gras's Momus procession, there were many marching bands. Unfortunately for Racket's delicate sensibilities, virtually every one of them (nine at last count) was playing the same damn song. (That "Hey!" song, a.k.a. "Dr. Who," which is officially known as "Rock & Roll Pt. 2.") Here's a commandment to all high school and college band directors: Ditch that song! Hey! It's old. It's tired. It's like so 1995! Hey! And it was written by Gary Glitter, a man whose addiction to child pornography (including possession of an image of a two-year-old being tortured) won him 54 convictions and a prison sentence two years ago. How distastefully ironic that this sicko's music is played by every musical minor in America. Yeah, "Rock & Roll"' has some funky drumming, and those three notes must be easy for the horn section to master, but a bunch of other songs are just as funky and easy to play. Not one of these, apparently, is in any band's repertoire from Galveston to Huntsville. For the love of God and all that is decent, retire that obnoxious song.

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