The Nuns of Brixton's singer Jim Yelenick's spirit being lifted
|The Nuns of Brixton|
They started with Career Opportunities from The Clash's 1977 self-titled album warming up the Lost Lake crowd. The nuns went through the punk pioneer's massive catalog of songs throughout the night: London Calling, Brand New Cadillac, Clampdown, and I fought the Law. The self-described transvestites that love The Clash also played deep album cuts such as Charlie Don't Surf and Police and Thieves. After praying for shots of alcohol to be delivered, Sister Jim drank a sip and blessed the crowd by throwing the rest upon them. Toward the end of the evening Sister Jim was carried to the back of the bar on the shoulders of the drunken crowd without falling. It was a miracle. The Shaloms joined them onstage for The Roman's Blitzkrieg Bop (the hey ho let's go song). The night ended with Should I Stay or Should I go? Since it was 1:30 in the morning, I decided on the latter.
Before transforming into a sister that evening, Jim Yelenick introduced The Shaloms by stating, "the band flew in a by private jet from Israel to avoid the new migration policy." The world's finest kosher Ramones tribute band took the stage wearing traditional Hasidic attire complete with payots (hair curls). CJ Shlomo, Saul Shalom, and JJ Shalom sang The Ramons' Beat on the Brat and Rockaway Beach inspiring the crowd to dance and sing-a-long. Much to the audience's delight, the band yelled, "L'chaim bitches" or "Mazel Tov bitches" between the Godfather's of Punk classics. Taking a brake from The Ramones songbook, the trio played Tom Petty's American Girl and Tommy Tutone's 867-5309/Jenny in true punk fashion. Instead of drinking the expected bottle of Manishewitz, it appeared the band was drinking beer throughout their set. Making me believe they might not really be from Israel.
|The Bad Engrish|
See you at the next show. I'll be the one preying with the nuns for punk to never die. The lone mosher is on his own.