Dateline Chiyoda Tokyo, Japan March 23, 1979 by Winston Braithwaite Cholmondelay, III
ゴジラのような Botendaddy 岩東京!
“This reporter from the EBC was there. Botendaddy, of Sheffield in the Midlands, playing extreme Bass with the spirit of Jaco, Bootsy, McCartney, Entwhistle and all the great bass players before him rocked an enormous crowd at the Buddokan in Tokyo. With hard driving, ear-splitting, bristling, sharp-edged, booming bass tracks, Botendaddy did not disappoint this hungry throng.”
“Opening for Cheep Trikk, Botendaddy and his band started with a Parker/Phillips song made famous by a young Elvis in a previous generation, ‘Mystery Train© Parker/Phillips’ Botendaddy pounding bass tracks on the upright Bass combined with his authentic searing vocals immediately brought the crowd to their feet. Botendaddy’s hair was so long you could weave three Persian rugs. He followed with a haunting duet of June Carter and Johnny Cash’s “If I were a Carpenter.© Johnny Cash” Singing along with Point Pleasant, West Virginia’s own hypnotic brunette, the soulful busty rock vocalist Annabel Lee, they brought the crowd into thoughtful hand-holding swaying, some young couple holding each other close.
Botendaddy then did a few spectacular bass solos starting with a cover of the Who’s 5:15, then a cover of Weather Report’s™ Jaco’s “Third Stone from the Sun“©, then some funk from Sly and the Family Stone with “Thank You.”
The rest of the concert was Botendaddy originals. Botendaddy was followed by East Germany’s favorite punk refugee Rochibauld Sächse-Heûtelier and his signature song: Warum sterben kann nicht ich nur schon?
I went for a 5 mile run with Botendaddy and Rochibauld prior to the concert. Both were excellent runners lean and long-haired like Prefontaine, but less talented, less focused, less athletic and well, simply less.
“Dried Cuttlefish and Sake?”
Peace be the Botendaddy