by Chatty McTalksalot
PISSED PUNK CLUB FIGHTS BACK
Witnesses report that a handful of people showed up at the CityPaper's snappy "Best Of" soiree held at the stylish and exclusive RamsHead Live in Baltimore's hippest neighborhhood, the Inner Harbor, in t-shirts that read (a paraphrase here), "CITYPAPER: Fair And Balanced Like Fox News!" They then caused a commotion and suckerpunched at least one person and were escorted out by the police.
Their shirts weren't referring to the CityPaper's Russ Smith Neo-con/Republican column, Right Field, however. They were angered over the CityPaper's backhanded (or, as I like to call it, the "Kiss You on the Mouth While Shoving a Finger Up Your Ass" technique) compliment in the Best Of award for the Talking Head as BEST ROCK CLUB.
Specifically, they were upset about the sort of unwanted attention this allegation from the write up may cause:
Besides, the Talking Head’s eclectic schedule and laissez-faire approach to underage drinking make it the rock club with the far more don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
I for one have never noticed this "laissez-faire" approach the CP mentions, but then, I also don't much care for All Ages shows. What does that teach the kids? Back in my day, we had to create our own fake IDs just to see the bands we liked. It taught resourcefulness! And when the ID eventually got confiscated by the bouncer, it taught us how to deal with disappointment and loss. Anyhoo...
Lexie Mountain, in a letter to the CP this week, expresses the concern of those who deal/work with the club very eloquently:
While we’ve come to expect and even enjoy your left-handed compliments, insinuating that we have a “laissez-faire approach to underage drinking” borders on libel. Hosting an ostensibly all-ages dance night (Taxidermy Lodge Mondays) and all-ages events forces us to be extremely vigilant about underage drinking within the walls of our establishment. The suggestion that we somehow don’t care what the kids do is insulting, and may even draw unwanted and unwarranted attention upon our venue from the authorities.