Seattle 9/25 Class: Leighton’s Vomitorium

Posted: September 23, 2012 in The Strangest Tribe: the College Course

Tuesday, September 25

Topic: Seattle, grunge, and the creation of identity.

Special Guest: The Thrown Ups’ John Leighton Beezer, from Seattle via Skype.

Text: Tow, chapter 3.

Music: Green River: “Come on Down,” “Leech;*” Soundgarden: “Nothing to Say;” 64 Spiders: “Rubber Room;” Room Nine: “1000 Years;” the Green Pajamas, “Kim the Waitress.”

Blog: “Interviewing the Thrown Ups’ Leighton Beezer”; “Green River Reunion Show, July 2008”;

* – recorded live at the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary festival, July 2008.

Guest Speaker: John Leighton Beezer

Leighton (or John, whatever you’d prefer) formed the Thrown Ups, arguably Seattle’s quintessential grunge band, in 1985. For a while, the Thrown Ups also featured Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner.  The band had no songs, and abhorred practicing…and that was by design.  Leighton continues to follow that improvisational formula today.  Professionally, he has been involved in developing music sharing software.

(Scott Schickler [Swallow], drums; Glenn Slater [Walkabouts], keyboards; and Leighton jam at Carla Torgerson’s [Walkabouts] house, April 2012)


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