22 Montrose Voice/June 18,1982
Automatic: rock and roll in Montrose
By Billie Duncan
If you have been wondering where to find
good hard-driving, dancable rock & roll in
Montrose, look no further than every other
Sunday at Grant Street Station, where the
three-man rock group, Automatic, blasts
forth their particular brand of rock madness.
The group is headed by drummer Larry
Sotoodeh, who perches with his drums on
top of a large industiai spool in the corner
of the back patio, while brother Kenny
plays bass and Mick Rose carries the
vocals and guitar work.
These three people put out a great deal of
romp and stomp music to the delight of a
very mixed bunch of Montrosians. The
gay population of the bar, both male and
female, is joined by a compatible mixture
of non-gay rockers and a sprinkling of
Within the broad catagory of rock & roll,
Automatic has a great deal of variety,
being as adept with Stevie Wonder as with
Besides the copy tunes they do, they add
a good sampling of their own compositions, one of which is called "Hollywood
Eyes" and will be released shortly as a
Because they play on the patio, they
cannot use their full equipment or they
would probably be shut down. As it is, they
are playing with what they call rehearsal
equipment, but the show they put on is no
While drummer Larry looks on from his
spool perch, which creaks and jerks with
the beat, lead singer and git player Mick
rips through the vocals with true rock
gusto and tears into his guitar like a man
posses^d. One wonders how he keeps from
getting shin splints from jumping on the
He twists, he stretches, he leaps, he
lands on key. His guitar chords crash
across the audience, then his lead work
intricately weaves its heavy spell. Changing up the pace, he becomes tender. Well,
tender with a touch always of gravel and
This is not music for the laid-back. This
is music to sweat by. This is music to take
home in your veins. This is music to
remember late at night when you are not
There are no dance classes to teach you
to move to this music. This music moves
Automatic at Grant Street Station
you any way you let it.
The heat of the sun and the beat ofthe
drum combine to practically personify
Hot. And Hot stalks the patio of Grant
Street Station, stoned and drinking
tequila, looking for someone to share the
Hot fills up with beer and conversation
and takes on the dance floor. Hot soaks up
the vibrations of the multi-muscled afternoon and takes off his shirt. Hot speaks
softly in your ear.
And through it all, the fingers and fists
of the music of Automatic work through
the crowd. Even when they play a song
that was written and recorded by someone
else, they do it in their own way.
Do not go to hear cloned music. You will
■ Duncan's Quick Notes
Good-bye, Good Luck, Come Back:
Last weekend saw the farewell performances of two very popular Montrose entertainers, Mr. Tiffany Jones and
Champagne bid farewell to Houston on
Saturday at the Pink Elephant to a packed
and very enthusiastic crowd. In the crowd
was Tiffany, whose fault it is that Champagne is leaving. He got them both booked
for the summer at some wonderful place in
the far northeast. Sigh.
Mr. Tiff then waved bye-bye from the
Copa stage on Sunday. Gary Smith says
that the Copa will miss him. Mr. Tiffany
has been emceeing the shows there. So
now the Copa will be having guest emcees
every two weeks.
The first guest emcee will be Jahonau
Oh, and here is some big Copa news:
Divine will do a show there on July 16.
Meanwhile, back at the P.E., regulars
Eydie Mae and Jeresa are reported to have
had a very sucessful show in Victoria at
Taste-ticklers: There are a couple of
things happening downtown (we claim
downtown Houston as partof the "Greater
Montrose Area") that should appeal to the
varied tastes of various Montrosians.
Magician Doug Henning will be performing his incredible show of illusions at
the Music Hall tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday). He is the guy that
turns himself into a six-foot shark and can
conjure up a 450 pound tiger.
On TV you can say, great, but the
camera can trick you. But live on stage....
Also this week, starting June 23, is the
Joffrey Ballet at Jones Hall, sponsered by
the Society for the Performing Arts. They
will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.
More from Max: Max Pearson, who
gave us Cleopatra (in drag no less) has a
new and slightly more serious work up for
inspection. It is titled That Sad Jar of
A toms and concerns the effect of Lord Byr-
on's death on Mary Shelley.
The ShelleyB had a somewhat unconventional household that included Jane
and Edward Williams. Edward and
Mary's husband Percy Bysshe Shelly
were killed in a boating accident in 1822.
A funeral pyre was erected on the beach
for them and they were burned as Lord
Byron looked on.
In Max's play, the funeral procession of
Byron is moving through London in 1840
as Mary Shelley and Jane Williams look
on and remember their lives.
The play will be presented at the Houston Guest House June 23 as a staged reading with Renee Pernoud as Mary Shelley
and Natalie Roberts as Jane Williams.
Fred Hinton appears in a small role as
It is part of a program for Men and
Women Together, which is being put
together by Roz Vecchio.
New Musical to Open: The Girl from
Golden Gate will open on Sunday night at
Chocolate Bayou Theater, 1823 Lamar.
The musical was written by Gerald
Bradley and Rebecca Finn and directed by
Jeff Galligan. It features several Montrosians in the cast, including Roger Gentry
who makes his country singing debut in
Kenny Sotoodeh of Automatic
Mick Rose of Automatic
Larry Sotoodeh of Automatic