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Title: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: buffcoat on October 01, 2017, 12:25:50 AM
I haven't finished the show yet, so sorry if he called in again or something. I think he was disappointed that Tom didn't recognize him, but I'm guessing Tom doesn't spend as much time listening to the archives as I do.

If you've listened to the archives, Gordon from North Dakota's voice should be very familiar. He's a long-time (long-ago) caller.

He's known for two things:

One is a concept he introduced - that time as "Gordon from South Dakota."

The other is for the character he's better known as.

Anybody? Omar?
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: Omar on October 01, 2017, 07:24:56 PM
I could be wrong, but I recall that Gordon was the caller who accused Tom of taking payola from certain independent music labels.
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: buffcoat on October 02, 2017, 01:35:43 PM
I could be wrong, but I recall that Gordon was the caller who accused Tom of taking payola from certain independent music labels.

That's exactly right.

Unless I'm completely wrong, and have been for years, Gordon is also Kid Kansas.

Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: leeharveyosmond on October 03, 2017, 04:00:00 PM
loved that call last week, mind-blown* at these revelations

*h8 this term but it's appropriate
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: buffcoat on October 03, 2017, 06:51:54 PM
Interesting fact (?): Tom never mentioned a Kid Kansas call in his show summaries. Captain, uhhh... Jack gets five mentions..

http://www.friendsoftom.com/forum/index.php?topic=5245.0 (http://www.friendsoftom.com/forum/index.php?topic=5245.0)



Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: buffcoat on October 03, 2017, 06:53:26 PM
Now that I listen to that thing, Gordon is totally not Kid Kansas. I mixed something up a long time ago.

But Gordon is definitely Indie Payola.
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: bdb318 on October 03, 2017, 07:21:52 PM
Do you think Tom did actually recognize him? It might explain why he wasn't GOMP'ed immediately.
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: Omar on October 03, 2017, 08:40:56 PM
Now that I listen to that thing, Gordon is totally not Kid Kansas. I mixed something up a long time ago.

But Gordon is definitely Indie Payola.

Just revisited this recap snippet from the 1/31/06 show. (I'm kind of impressed at some of the obscurities I was able to cough up in that label list. Thwart Productions! Who am I, Andy Earles?!)



- Gordon from South Dakota dishes out some Love/Hate queries for Tom (starts at 2:44):

1. Good guys: LOVE
2. Bad guys: HATE
3. The beach: LOVE
4. Cream soda: LOVE
5. Plain yogurt: LOVE
6. Loud motorcycles: HATE
7. Relix magazine: HATE
8. Kenneth Lay: HATE
9. Chevrolet Laguna: LOVE (them)
10. Payola: HATE

Gordon believes that Tom's response to #10 lacks a certain truthiness and asks the question again to give Tom a chance to come clean. Gordon cites Tom's frequent spins of Volcano Suns, DC Snipers, and The New PORNOgraphers (a band that would be floating in the terlet sans Tom's bribed support) as obvious evidence that he's in cahoots with his Matador, Merge, and Touch & Go friends. Indie payola exists. Gig's up!

[10/3/17 note: the below is my riff, not Gordon's!]

The Smoking Gun's investigation is underway and they've provided a partial list of the labels that Tom received "pay for play" cash money from: Matador, Southern Lord, Homestead, SST, Suburbanal Cuts, Off, Dirtnap, Scat, Fading Captain, Twin/Tone, In The Red, Sub Pop, Cass, Ace of Hearts, Wax Trax, Dischord, Deadbeat, Bang Bang, Quarterstick, Touch & Go, Merge, Latino Bugger Veil, Grass, Minty Fresh, Rykodisc, Yep Roc, Koch, C/Z, Forced Exposure, Rockathon, Asthmatic Kitty (this explains playing nearly half of a SoupJam record he only liked one song on!), Cruz, Cleopatra, Sympathy For The Record Industry, Mint, Cargo, Paw Tracks, Caroline, Ipecac, Barsuk, Polyvinyl, French Kiss, Century Media, Popllama, Frontier, Kill Rock Stars, K, Gern Blandstern, TVT, Trance Syndicate, Simple Machines, Nuclear Blast, Taang!, Lookout!, Rhino, Star Time International, Bar/None, Metal Blade, Jade Tree, Ascension, Shout Factory!, Stereolaffs, Chainsaw, Amphetamine Reptile, Drag City, Bomp, Thrill Jockey, Repertoire, Ardent, Load, Dark Beloved Cloud, Flying Nun, Hippy Knight, Skyclad, Thwart Productions, and Panzerfaust.
Title: Re: Gordon from North Dakotaet
Post by: buffcoat on October 04, 2017, 12:25:33 AM
Gordon actually calls a number of other times under various names. He never before or after reached the heights of Indie Payola, though.