From the drummer's mouth: Anal Cunt's last stand

The late SETH PUTNAM, who died last June of a heart attack, was the focal point of the legendary Boston grindcore mess Anal Cunt. But drummer Tim Morse was often the glue, and has been the band's most entertaining and reliable curator of institutional wisdom. At Putnam's funeral last year, he reeled off hours of stories -- funny, sad, incomprehensible -- about AC's career, and not a few people came away thinking that Morse ought to write a book. Amanda Nichols -- whose husband, Nick Blakey, penned our obit for Seth -- got Morse talking recently, and has published the results as a kind of beginner's oral history over at Vice. In a perfect universe, Morse, a first-rate one-on-one storyteller, would develoop this as some kind of Swimming To Cambodia-style monologue. Here's just a taste of what's in Amanda's chunklet over at Vice: Tim's account of Anal Cunt's final show. We could read this stuff all day.

The last show AC played was in Cleveland at a place called Now That’s Class, an absolute dive with Mad Dog at the bar for $5. During one of the opening acts, I went to Pizza Hut before so…explosive diarrhea is coming on. I run to the bathroom, which ends up being the women’s bathroom. Too late. So I sit down, and it’s explosion city. Mountains of mayhem. So this woman walks in, and all of a sudden she’s like, “Is thaaat a maaan? I’m gonna kick yer ass!” So I say, “Well if you kick my ass we won’t be able to play.” She says “Oh my god yer in Anal Cunt! Oh I wanna fuck you…blah blah blah. Let me come in there and give you a blow job.”

I’m like, “Don’t touch me while I’m in the bathroom. No.” That was just weird. I get out of the bathroom and she’s trying to hump me, ugh. Later on in the club she’s all “Seth! I wanna meet Seth!” which I mean, everyone wants to meet Seth. She gets up to see him and Seth’s all, “Hey you wanna give me a blow job?” and she says, “Maybe later.” So we start playing and the show is just chaos. Packed house. We’re playing for like an hour. During the set the girl was onstage and Seth goes up to her and says, “You can gimme that blow job now.” It was only like ten seconds but the crowd went nuts. That was the last show we ever played.


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