Are You Shitting Us?: Mickey Avalon Proves That Blue States Lose

Look, we know that the festival-crazy nature of South By Southwest results in a bunch of cut-and-paste lineups–Satellite Party opening for The Good, The Bad, and the Queen; Paolo Nutini and Kings Of Leon setting the stage for the Stooges–but Saturday’s showcase at Stubb’s, which boasted Ghostface and Rakim as headliners, included a short set by Mickey Avalon, the Los Angeles ex-hustler who fancies himself a rapper.

The pairing was either an insult or a way to highlight just how talented Ghost and Rakim actually are, because we spent most of Avalon’s set cringing and wondering who, exactly, the people up front who knew every word could have been. (Street teamers who were flown into Austin for the week? St. Patrick’s Day revelers who were quick studies in stoopid couplets?) Avalon’s lyrics, when you could make them out, centered mostly on getting drunk and shaking booty, and his flow was so addled that the only words you could really make out were “Mickey” and “Avalon” (“Is he singing ‘Do the tampon’?” a friend asked us as he performed “Jane Fonda”; he was actually imploring the crowd to “Do The Jane Fonda,” which probably says all you need to know about his diction).

But really, the nadir of the set came when The Cobrasnake, the chronicler of Los Angeles’ most hipstery clusterfucks, came out onstage to snap pictures of the crowd; it was like watching everything wrong with present-day “culture” at once. We just wish we could have been backstage to hear if Ghost and Rakim thought Avalon was teaching the audience “the tampon,” too.

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  • rad_matter

    I just had to vacation in Miami for Spring Break.

  • Feh Am Legend

    Hey, it’s “Rico Suave” for the disaffected hipster.

  • dollywould

    Mickey Avalon is BFFs with Simon Rex. That’s all that really needs to be said about that. And as an Angeleno, I apologize that he is from my town.

  • Anonymous

    He’s like Funkdoobiest’s Sondoobie…without his vocal punch or charm. Bleh.
    Dude needs a fuckin’ shower.

  • medusasmom

    I have now attended 5 Mickey Avalon live shows and each one was livly fun and contagious.Even the venues where they were not used to his type of music were packed an the patrons had a great time.Mickey’s music is ment to be fun! The serious message undertones take a backseat to the catchy tunes that incite his audiences to let loose and have a good time!Like or hate his music,No one can deny,Mickey puts on one hell of a party!
    Medusasmom