Deadsplinter Up! All Night: Yacht Douche

One of my favorite band names of all time is Yacht Douche. Now, I know this is kind of a stupid name, but that was sort of the point, and it was more than the name that I liked. My girlfriend, her brother, and her best friend had a band called Mega Dong back in the day. They might be what you’d call a “joke band” except really it was more punk rock theater and they were really good and burned the place to the ground wherever they played. Their shtick was that every show had a theme with appropriate costumes and props and sometimes these themes would be them performing as another band. And one night Mega Dong was Yacht Douche. They dressed up as yacht douches and played in front of a blown up photo of JFK on his boat. I find this deliciously obnoxious. He was a yacht douche.

In case no one got it, the next show they were The Kennedy Assassination where they dressed as the Kennedy assassination complete with graphic detail. Since this was in Boston, it did not go over well. The Kennedy Assassination is another great band name. Much better than Dead Kennedys because that’s punk bro “in your face” while The Kennedy Assassination is kind of scary. Besides, in all their years, the Dead Kennedys never came up with anything as good as Yacht Douche.

Shona Laing – (Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy

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  1. The other day there was a question about one’s comfort song. Well, there sure are many but here’s one that’s at the very very top (crank up the volume if you can):

    Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing:

    And if you don’t like all the “bells and whistles”:

    > Mark Knopfler talked about switching from a National Steel guitar to a Fender Stratocaster to perform the song:

    “I thought it was dull but as soon as I bought my first Strat in 1977, the whole thing changed, though the lyrics remained the same. It just came alive as soon as I played it on that ‘61 Strat which remained my main guitar for many years and was basically the only thing I played on the first album and the new chord changes just presented themselves and fell into place.”

  2. My orbit has been dealing with the loses of celebrity figures on about an every other day pace since New Year’s Day. Starting with David Stern and through this past weekend. It reminds me of the year we lost Bowie, Petty, et, al. Some I’ve cried for, poured out shots to and others I didn’t know how to think about it.

    Many, many moons ago there was a one man show that aired on Showtime that might be the best thing I ever saw and I still watch or listen to from time to time. Over on the discord basketball page we shared some stories that made me think of it again. Specifically 1 tune that he played that goes through many rock stars and how they died.

    Ladies and Gentlemen. Please welcome, Steven Banks…

    Rock & Roll will never die but Rock & Rollers do
    I don’t know the reason why, I just know it’s true
    Rock & Roll is here to stay but Rock & Rollers pass away…

    The full show is on the youtube and I think it still holds up…

  3. Band names: Wayne County and the Electric Chairs. I remember an entire party full of drunken college folks singing this at full blast. We thought were avant-garde for sure!

  4. …I came around to it over the years but this song/video/band was pretty much my exact definition of the term yacht douche when this came out & any protestations made by friends that liked them that they were sending up such people rather than emulating them fell upon deaf ears

  5. One of my favorite band names & pyschobilly bands is the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns. My favorite songs by them are not on Youtube apparently, but check out their albums, they rock hard but here’s a good one anyway….

  6. I think I mentioned here before that one of my favorite band names is Vivian Girls, named after the beautiful and unsettling work of Henry Darger.
    Vivian Girls – I Heard You Say

  7. As a group name, I’ve always been partial to “The Velours”. Simple, evocative, lush. Everybody loves velour. I’m wearing velour pants right now in fact.

  8. Did someone say Kennedy assassination?

    It’s not Yacht Douche, but Rammstein has some Surfer Douche vibes in Mein Land.

    And a comfort song that’s resonated with me lately.

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