We haven’t discussed the new box set–and the doings behind it–in detail yet. The first release from the newly-reacquired Betty Boards, May 1977: Get Shown The Light contains four full shows that you’ve almost certainly heard (and heard, and heard, and heard) before. The 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of May (New Haven, Boston, Ithaca, and Buffalo, respectively) of that magical and well-rehearsed year of 1977, shined up to a gleam and bursting with extras and bonus bullshit.
This is usually the place where I post the latest video from David Lemieuxsebitmysister, but he recorded this one inside a vacuum cleaner. I don’t know how he got the lake in there, but he accomplished it and all you can hear is wind.
Luckily, I found a piece of software that transcribes YouTube videos, and I can present to you his words here:
“Uh, hey, everybody. David Lemieux here, your old buddy Dave, and I’ve got some very exciting news. If you’re watching this you probably know that we’ll be releasing–”
[NOTE: At this point, a large duck steals Dave’s hat.]
“Hey! That’s mine!”
[NOTE: Dave chases the duck in and out of frame for two minutes and three seconds.]
“Okay, as I was saying: big news, folks. You probably remember that, after quite a bit of negotiation, we got the so-called “lost Betty Boards” back into the Vault where they belong. So what we thought would be a great way to commemorate the 40th–”
[NOTE: A small child, naked but for her toque, sprints towards the lake.]
“NO, GIRL GORDIE!”
[NOTE: Dave snares the child before she enters the water.]
“You know we can’t swim!”
[NOTE: Canadians cannot swim. Sink right to the bottom. They’re like bulldogs or chimps.]
“Go back and play with your mother Regina, and your siblings Gordie, Northstar, Jean-Luc, Fleece, and the twins, Mickie and Billie.”
[NOTE: As Girl Gordie begins to walk back to the igloo where the Lemieux family live, a duck steals her toque.]
“Darn it, not again.”
[NOTE: At this point, Dave and a small, naked child with no toque chase a duck in and out of frame for several minutes.]
There’s like twenty more minutes of that, if I’m honest.
There is also, as I mentioned, a bevy of bonus bullshit: a book, and an essay, and–in 5 of the 15,000 copies that will be shipped–a Tie-Dyed Ticket. The lucky recipients get to go to the Vault, meet DL, and be ironically murdered. Last one standing gets to be the new Dead archivist.