9:37 p.m. - 2005-06-15
Summer, 1998: Soon after the release of the first Yid Vicious cd, “Klez, Kez, Goy mit Fez”, sources close to the band are told that YV has been contacted by a subsidiary of an international record company. The subsidiary expresses interest in possibly distributing the band’s music. YV responds, expressing interest in the subsidiary’s interest.
Winter, 2002: a Small But Respected East Coast Label offers to distribute the band's second CD, "Forverts", on its Jewish Alternative Movement label. The CD has been previously released by a small local indie label. After much hand-wringing and debate about the matter, the band signs with the SBRECL, and is promptly contacted by numerous "interns" who have been assigned to 1. Market said CD in Japan and other exotic locations, 2. arrange a 10-day East Coast tour, and 3. assist with getting the band booked at international festivals. The label also plans to option a subsequent, third CD from the band. Immediately after the ink dries on the contract, the label's board ousts its CEO and the label falls into disarray. Rumors surface of warehouses of CDs going to waste along the East Coast. After 2 years, the band begins to finally receive semi-annual statements from the label's new "reorganization" parent company.
Summer, 2003: The band is booked to play a ritzy wedding in Milwaukee at the Fine Arts Center. In the weeks leading up to the event, it is learned by some members of the band that the Best Man is named Ethan Coen, and that the marrying couple are from Minneapolis. Putting two and two together, the band concludes that the Best Man is Ethan Coen the renowned filmmaker, and that this function will be packed with Hollywood insiders who no doubt will insist upon YV moving to LA to perform in their movies, lending them soul and gravitas. The day of the Milwaukee wedding arrives.
April 1, 2004: The Wisconsin Film Festival books a new klezmer documentary by an East Coast musician/writer/filmmaker of some reknown. One band member hits upon the idea to book a free Yid Vicious show following the screening, and invites the filmmaker to sit in. Plans to lure the filmgoers to the post-screening dance party fall short of the desired results, and the folks who do show up to dance studiously avoid the conspicuously placed donation buckets. Said filmmaker performs a few tunes with the band, but said band seems to fail some sort of Jew-dar test, and fails to achieve fame and fortune via this endeavor.
Fall, 2004: The band is contacted by a young man who works for Al Franken’s daily radio show, The O’Franken Factor. The show is broadcasting before an audience from Madison for one day and YV is asked if it would be interested in playing for a few seconds on the show to help introduce the “Oy, Oy, Oy” segment. Being conscientious liberals hoping to break into the big time, YV agrees to appear on the show.
Winter, 2005: YV submits its third cd, “The Seventh Schlemiel”, to various record companies. Only one responds, and their rejection letter reads: