Sunday, October 29, 2006

 

Root Boy vs. Bush

We have received some inquiries concerning our stinger of Root Boy Slim lyrics to the left. There is both a political and Halloween subtext.

Root Boy Slim (born Foster MacKenzie III) and his Sex Change Band was a fixture of the DC-Baltimore music scene in the '70s and '80s who we remember for particularly raucous satirical Halloween shows that had even the John Waters crowd of mischief makers laughing for weeks.

What is little-known about the Root Boy is that he was one of the first victims of a young, spoiled, little prick named George W. Bush:
[MacKenzie] went on to Yale where he majored in Black studies and graduated in 1967. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and his fraternity brothers included George W. Bush. MacKenzie was a year old than Bush.

While at Yale he formed a band with classmate and fraternity brother Greenlee, who also was quarterback of Yale's football team. The band was named Prince La La and the Midnight Creepers. Band members wore ermine capes, silver lame hot pants and boasted that they were never invited for return engagements.

The year after MacKenzie and Greenlee graduated, they returned to the DKE house during Yale's homecoming. Bush, who since their departure had become president of DKE, threw them out and banned them from the house.
Root Boy died in 1993, but his records and memory live on.

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