A Life of Letters

Brewer’s Droop

Posted in 1984, Friends, Ted by southpawcom on January 12, 2010

In the late ’70s and ’80s, my best friend, Ted, pulled together a band consisting mostly of a handful of his college buddies. The Brothers Bohemian were the raunchiest, most beer-fueled pub band this side of Essex. They could be counted on for a few sets of crowdpleasers, such as The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” and The Drifters’ “This Magic Moment,” but their best songs were their high-spirited originals, such as “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing,” “Brewer’s Droop,” and “You Fill My Basic Needs.” On occasion, I would sit in with them, most usually taking lead vocals on Larry Williams’ “Bad Boy.”

They played a lot in the dorms and around campus when they were attending Eastern Michigan University, but after college ended, it became more difficult to stage shows. One challenge, of course, was getting the band together and away from competing interests, such as fledgling careers and girlfriends and wives. Another was finding a venue to play. But perhaps the biggest challenge was pulling their loyal fans together again, because without them the Bros Boho probably figured they would come off as just another bar band (a quite unlikely circumstance in the estimation of their followers but a risk nonetheless we weren’t willing to expose them to).

By 1984 they were encouraged to go the DIY route and send home-formatted handbills, hastily Xeroxed, and mailed to theirĀ  friends. I was fortunate enough to get one, but as you can see I cared just enough to smut it up a bit but then never mailed it back. I am pretty sure I attended anyway.

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