In June of 2002, the founding members of what would become The Bad Things, began practicing for their first gig: a pirate radio benefit in Seattle’s Freeway Park.
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Fresh from the breakup of their previous band, A Midnite Choir, Jimmy “the Pickpocket” Berg and Austin “Mad Wilcox” Quist began bringing their own compositions to the table. This new band promised to pay homage to Berg and Quist’s punk rock and Americana roots, while still maintaining the dark, theatrical elements of their previous outfit. Stum…ped for a name, Quist suggested “The Bad Things” based on the opening lines of a Midnite Choir song “Physical Withrdrawals” which opens with “When the bad things come for you/in the middle of the night….”
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Over the last decade, The Bad Things have certainly ‘come for’ many a drunken audience member in the middle of the night. They’ve gone through various line-up changes, shared the stage and collaborated with bands on the rise and seasoned rock stars that have seen it all. They’ve played at the finest halls in town, as well as the crustiest dives, had a hit cabaret show based on their music, provided the soundtrack to a Super Bowl ad, and even performed in an after-hours speakeasy set up as a sting operation by the SPD. Through it all, The Bad Things were there, drunkenly documenting the seamy underbelly of our cultural condition from beer soaked stages.ssb and bad things
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So, why an 11th and not a 10th?
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Last year, a series of events in the month of May shook the band to its core, from which its taken the better part of a year to recover. Fire, death and too much heartbreak made it difficult to celebrate. But, life moves on and while this is a celebration, the band is donating $1 of all advanced ticket sales to the Victims of the Cafe Racer Shootings Memorial Fund; a way of remembering the tragedies of last year while donating to the future of a charity which intends to continue to provide aid to all victims of violent crime in the Seattle area.
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Yes, The Bad Things have certainly come for you: wailing sentimental lines about life’s atrocities in back alley beer halls and dingy cabarets while the rain fills the gutters outside. A scourge that continues to raise its misshapen head from a sea of empty bottles, cigarette butts, bong water and broken dreams.
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Thursday, June 27th will provide a chance to celebrate a decade of junkyard cabaret as only The Bad Things, and their friends, can provide. (One more) vaudeville show for the broken men and women of the Pacific Northwest. Here’s to many more to come!
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You have been warned!
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The Crocodile & Silent City Productions present
(One More) Vaudeville Show – 11 Years of Junkyard Cabaret
with The Bad Things
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Featuring performances by: Sinner Saint Burlesque, Miss Mamie Lavona and her White Boy Band, Bakelite 78 and special guests throughout the evening.
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Hosted by Armitage Shanks, the Carny Preacher
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Thursday, June 27, 2013   at The Crocodile – 2200 2nd Avenue   Doors at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm SHARP!   $13 advanced/$15 day of show   $1 of advanced tickets sales benefits the Victims of Cafe Racer Shootings Memorial Fund.
This event is 21+ with ID
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