[Editor's note: Lincoln's Sputnik Kaputnik and the Cherry Mashers recently appeared on the legendary (and totally weird) "Chic-A-Go-Go" — "Chicago's dance show for kids of all ages." They were the second Lincoln band to play the public access TV show in the last six months (see Plack Blague's episode here), so we asked frontman Justin Firestone how it came about and whether there's some sort of Lincoln-Chicago pipeline. Here's what he said, followed by the episode.]
by Justin Firestone
The story is pretty simple. We saw Plack Blague on the show a few months ago,and I'd lived in Chicago and knew about the show through several friends from Nebraska that had been on the show, namely Colby Starck with Bobby Conn, and Jonathan Hischke with the Flying Luttenbachers. It seemed like our band would be a pretty good fit for the show.
All I did was ask Colby for the contact information of Jake Austen, who created Roctober and does the scheduling for "Chic-A-Go-Go", and then I contacted Jake via email with a small "press kit" of some online articles about us and a link to hear some of the music.
About a week later, he responded and gave us a date which the other bandmates couldn't make, but we agreed it would be OK to instead take some framed pictures of them and talk about them during the interview with Miss Mia.
So, there's no Lincoln pipeline, but it would be pretty cool if we started one. Or maybe we should just start our own "Lincoln-A-Go-Go?"
The show was a blast and anyone who's in Chicago on a taping day should go and dance. It's free and open to the public, no tickets required.