Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sawyer Brown, 1988 Explained

My visit to the Westbrook Historical Society this morning yielded this gem, the cover of an autographed 1988 concert program for the band Sawyer Brown.

The band--which features Westbrook High School alum ('75) Joe Smyth (second from left) as its longtime drummer--has put out twenty albums since the early-1980's and has won numerous awards, including the inaugural grand prize on the television show Star Search in 1983.

More important, though, the photo features an eclectic mix of mullets. Indeed, according to my handy field guide to mullets, The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, the photo features "The Nashville" (third from left, whose jacket is gold and whose jeans are pink, by the way), "The Movie Star (fifth from left), and a hybrid mullet that can be fairly dubbed "The Midwest Metal of Classic Rock" (Smyth).

- John C.L. Morgan

P.S. Here are music videos for Sawyer Brown's "800 Pound Jesus," "Hard to Say," "Six Days on the Road," "Some Girls Do" (for what it's worth, a personal favorite), "The Race is On," "The Walk," "They Don't Understand," " (This Thing Called) Wantin' and Havin' It All." And here is MySpace's collection of Sawyer Brown pages.

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