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Motor City Five

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NYC buskers-gone-haywire who've created a multi-album career by staying drunk on banjos, be-bop, Mills Brothers and punk spirit, and have enough chutzpah to raise the ghost of Harry Von Tilzer! 

Dylan and Willie love 'em; they're the most hell-raising act you'll see all year. Here Andy Bean gives up their Worst Shows Ever:


5
. Jackrabbits — Jacksonville, Fla.

Stomach virus forced me to rush off stage and throw-up in northeast Florida's grossest nightclub bathroom. Sorry to say I made a little grosser. 


4
. The Chelsea Inn — Bristol, U.K.

Gig was OK. But we slept on the dirtiest couches in England above the pub that night. I wore two suits just to be safe.  


3
. Birthday Party for a 2-year-old — New York, N.Y.

Most children don't get us — pre-verbal children especially. We attempted "the wheels on the bus," but cut it short when both of us became temporarily suicidal.


2
. PS Collective — Omaha, Neb.

It is difficult for a two-man band to outnumber both the crowd and the staff. We did it here.  


1
. Dick Cheney & Donald Rumsfeld's Yacht Club — St. Michaels, Md.

Cheney and Rumsfeld didn't make the show. And the old-timers in attendance were very nice. But, this is not the type of venue we like to be playing.


Tuesday, Oct. 12, Painted Lady, Hamtramck. Wednesday, Oct. 13., Live at Gracies, Ann Arbor.

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