RECORD STORE TALES Part 96: Aerodouche Dandy
The year: 2003. Aerosmith were in town, playing a private party for Research in Motion. I know a few people who went. But I also know someone who ran into Steven Tyler downtown that day. (As an historic footnote, the opening act for that party was Barenaked Ladies. Thanks to Melvin Lapandano for that information.)
The person who bumped into Tyler was “Dandy”, one of the biggest assholes I’ve ever worked with. And that doesn’t even bother him, he used to be proud that he was a dick. Once he dropped his façade and showed his true colours, I had no use for the guy. He was the kind of lazy disinterested employee who knew when he was safe to screw the pooch and when he had to work, and who to kiss ass for brownie points. He was an expert at keeping up appearances.
The only time Dandy did anything (arguably) funny was the time met Steven Tyler downtown. But he was still a dick.
Aerosmith’s last album, Just Push Play was pretty dismal, loaded with pop, ballads and samples. Even Joe Perry says it’s his least favourite album.
So, Aerosmith are in town to play the private party. Dandy’s walking downtown, acting like a douche (that part is speculation, but it’s probably true), when he bumps into Steven Tyler. The conversation went like this.
Dandy – “Hey! You’re in Aerosmith, right?”
Tyler – “That’s right, how are you doing man?”
Dandy – “I’m OK. You guys kind of suck now don’t you?”
Tyler – (frowns and walks away)
Dandy – “Cheers.”
Then, to conclude the story, Dandy told me, “Later on I saw the bass player too. But I didn’t say anything to him. He’s just the bass player, so it already sucks enough to be him.”
What a douchebag!