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The Get Up Kids’ keyboardist James DeWees has had a quite a musical career. He spent his youth slaving over classical piano, and was once a drummer in scrotum-squishing metalcore pioneers Coalesce. Now, with Get Up’s singer Matt Pryor bailing after a decade of the Kids’ beaming punk-pop, DeWees will be devoting all his attention to his side persona, Reggie & the Full-Effect. The first three Reggie albums were nutty cacophonies of skits, jokes, ’80s synth pop, punk rock and death metal. Then came DeWees’ big divorce, which ruffled his songwriting feathers, and, apparently, more. Unfortunately, in this case, divorce is about as funny as post-arrest Lenny Bruce. In fact, on DeWees’ Songs Not To Get Married To, his one-trick screed is the kind of monomania that usually results in a restraining order. Yee haw! But his monomania made him perfect for our monomania, which, this week, is a refresher on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ "Stages of Dying" as it relates to DeWees’ lyrics.

5. Denial: How did you do this to me/How could you do this to me. —"Thanks for the Misery."

4. Anger: I’ve been everything you ever needed/Ever wanted, everything you wished for/And this is how you repay me. —"Caving."

3. Bargaining: You got a lot to learn before I let you go, There’s things you need to see and things you need to know. —"Get Well Soon."

2. Depression: I hope it was worth it, I’ll never do this again/No one knows just what you mean to me…everything’s easy if we just play dead. —"Playing Dead."

1. Acceptance: You suck and it’s time you left/I am tired of taking care of you /You never seemed to notice anyways. —"The Trooth."


The Get Up Kids last area show will be Saturday, June 11, at the Majestic Theatre (4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700) with Lucero and Straylight Run.

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