I hope this story does not disappoint; it is more explanatory than exciting.
“12tequilas” does not refer to some sort of drinking record I held in college (sorry to disappoint you). The story begins in 1985 when a friend of mine, who is responsible for a large part of my musical exposure, played me Side 1 of Marillion‘s Misplaced Childhood album, which was new then. Fast forward to 1987, I’m in Israel (spring semester, senior year, high school), in another friend’s dorm room, looking through his tapes, and I come upon a copy of MC. Remembering how much I enjoyed the initial listen, I asked to borrow the tape, and my life was forever changed.
I listened in the headphones the next day while on a bus ride to I-forget-where. I was somewhat homesick on this particular morning, but I got lost in the music and forgot all about everything else. Have you ever had that happen? I’ve listened to this zillions of times subsequent but it’s never as good as the time when you “get” it. Anyway, when I returned to the States I promptly bought my very own copy of MC as well as Clutching at Straws, which had been released that year. Then I went back and bought the first two records, and on until the present (album 15 is due this fall). I’ve remained a loyal fan, even though there was a significant change in personnnel not long after the events I described. I also follow the solo career of the lost singer, Fish, who will be playing the 9:30 Club on June 22.
Remember when we were setting up our first e-mail accounts, and how we really wanted to come up with clever and original usernames that aptly described us while being relatively easy to remember and not sounding stupid? So of course I had to be really cool and come up with a Marillion-related name for me. I decided to base my name on the following lyric, from the song “Lady Nina”:
You pick out your credit cards/And check into the night/A dozen tequilas/And you’re feelin’ all right
Compuserve wouldn’t let me use “dozentequilas”–too many letters. So I thought, let’s make this even more cryptic and write it as “12tequilas.” Nope! Those fools decreed I couldn’t start my username with numerals. I did the best I could, shortening to “doztequila.” In fact, my Yahoo! login is still “doztequila,” but I’ve always hated that. No one understood that “doz” stood for “dozen”; I think people thought the tequila was making me doze, or something. Imagine my joy when the technology became more flexible and I could be 12tequilas as I had originally envisioned.
Now all my secrets have been revealed to the Internet.
By the way, the Marillion fans don’t get the reference either. I should have been a bit more obvious, but at least it’s original. Marillion’s most well known song “Kayleigh” has been the impetus for many M-fan’s daughter’s names. So transparent!
Tune in next time when I will tell you all about my health issues! You’ll be on the edge of your seats.
UPDATED: I’ve been asked to post Marillion videos; Mark, your wish is my command. Hard to pick, but I’ll give you something old and something new.
First is Lady Nina, since we were talking about it and all. This is the ’80s when they still had all their hair. The frontman is the one I’m going to see next month. Keep in mind that this is a B-side, and it is more toward the pop end than most of their stuff.
Next, here’s Neverland, a live performance from 2004. This song killed live, is why I picked it; hopefully the magic will translate on the small screen.