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Thursday, October 4, 2007

My Young Adult Dream Come True

posted by on October 4 at 12:27 PM


Basically, I love everything Craig Finn does. Before he was the frontman for the Hold Steady, Finn was in a Minneapolis band called Lifter/Puller. They were really amazing. And as much as I love the Hold Steady’s latest record Boys & Girls in America, I love Lifter Puller’s Fiestas + Fiascos even a little bit more.

The record tells a story about this guy, Nightclub Dwight, who gets wrapped up in a lot of drugs, sex, and other shady temptations of the night life. He opens a club called the Nice Nice, he pisses off the wrong people, and those wrong people set out to get him. It’s a great story, a great sound record, and Finn’s lyrics are really smart and interesting.

Nightclub Dwight can take a negative vibe and then infuse it with the positive youth
Nightclub Dwight can take a little white lie and confuse it with a meaningless truth
One night Dwight he got a little bit toothy, now they all call him the Good Doctor Tooth
One night Dwight got all goofy on the roofies, now they all call him the Fiddler on the Roof

Well I just got off the phone with Finn. We talked about his favorite writers, what he was like as a teenager, the novel he’s working on, and of course his current band, the Hold Steady. There will be more on all that in the future. What I’m most excited about right now is that I finally got to ask him a question I’ve been wanting to ask him for years. I always wondered, if Fiestas + Fiascos was made into a movie (as I always felt it should be), who would play Nightclub Dwight?

His response?


“Maybe Christopher Walken. Yeah, someone creepy and old, I think. And gay. Creepy, old, and gay. Christopher Walken would be the most… or Steven Buscemi maybe? Something like that. And I don’t know his name, but if anyone was playing me I would want that guy who played Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”


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That album is one of my favorites. One killer lyric after another underlined by unrelenting rock riffs.

Posted by Jason Josephes | October 4, 2007 1:09 PM

Lifter Puller or LFTR PLLR have provided the soundtrack (often live) to some of the most memorable moments of my least while I was living in Mpls. I'm quite happy for Tad & Craig. This whole Hold Steady thing seems to be working out alright for them. Check out Dan Monick's photography (on The Google). He's doing some cool stuff, too these days.

I must make one correction though...there is no / in their name.

Posted by BFDS | October 4, 2007 2:28 PM

Cameron RULES. I have always been a big Cameron fan.

Posted by trent moorman | October 4, 2007 2:36 PM

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