Endlessly Pulling the Straw
I know Roine doesn’t agree with me, but to me the highlight of all the touring we’ve done with TFK so far, are without a doubt the tours we did after “Paradox Hotel”. The material from that album suited the live formula very well and the line–up almost became a “machine”. We could almost “reproduce” both new and older songs. We could also put new “clothes” on them if needed, with a positive result. Once again, this is my opinion and I respect everyone that doesn’t agree with me. The drummer we had back then Marcus Liljequist, was (is) a VERY funny chap, with a humour of his own, with words only he used like MAST! He ended or should I say ends all his sentences with the word MAST! Don’t ask me what it means, I have no idea. If you wanted a serious chat, or discuss something that was important to you, maybe Marcus wasn’t the ideal guy to turn to, but if you wanted a laugh, he was (is) up there among the best!
In 2006 we played in Whittier (LA) California for the second time, under the wings of the wonderful Jim Harrel. The concert actually ended up as an official bootleg “Carpe Diem”, released on Roines own label Foxtrot Records. In fact I used the song “Psychedelic Postcard” on my player a while back, taken from that very CD. By the time we got to LA, we’ve been on the road for quite a while and Marcus repetitive jokes had become hilarious. He just needed to put that grin on his face and I would start to laugh. Anyway, after the show and LOTS of red wine, we started to get hungry. I have to say, I almost feel sorry for Christine Holtz of “Music News Network”, who drove Marcus and me to the only 24 hours open restaurant in the neighbourhood, Taco Bell. She must really have thought that we were retarded. During the ride to Taco Bell Marcus was singing “Mommy leave the light on”, which we’d played every night since the tour began. His version had one exception though, he sang it with a “fake” Spanish accent and with the state I was in, I couldn’t stop to laugh. On our way back, the rendition of “Mommy leave the light on” got even worse. Inspired by Taco Bell, Marcus added his own words to the song. At the end of this marvellous version of that sweet little tune, Marcus started to pull the straw in and out of the soda mug, singing “Endlessly pulling the straw”! After that even Christine joined the choir and started to laugh out loud. With some Californian sun, a first class hotel, LOTS of red wine and the hospitality of Jim Harrel, this is what a day on the road can end up like!