Sarah Kurchak (CHARTattack) December 15, 2010 2:22 pm
Ian Goodtimes seems to think that he and Lindsay Goodtimes are just an average married couple now. It's part of the reason that the pair, known musically as The Goodtimes, have a robot to support them on stage.
"We're a married couple, so it's not like we do crazy stuff. So the foil is the robot and he's like Animal! He's Keith Moon! He's drinking! He does drugs and goes to robo-orgies with robo-sluts or whatever. He's our crazy guy that we can throw to. With just a couple, it gets boring after a while," says Ian.
It's far more likely, though, that years spent in bands like White Cowbell Oklahoma (Ian) and Five Hot Bitches (Lindsay) skews your definition of the word "boring." The Goodtimes might not be having any robo-orgies like their robo-friend Bleeps, but they haven't exactly settled down, either.
Boring couples don't release wicked albums filled with party tunes like "Groovy Hug," "Ball Scratch Johnny" and "Hoo Hoo." They don't go on a tour of the country's Fringe festivals with their rock 'n' roll show, or have life-sized mascots costumes of themselves or comic books about their alter-egos' intergalactic adventures. They certainly don't have Robot Festivals on their front lawn. And even if a regular old married couple did make a New Year's Resolution to write a song a day for a whole year, there's very little chance that they'd follow through on it like The Goodtimes.
"We have a wealth of songs to draw up, so it's kind of fun," Ian says about the challenge. "But they're not all 'Let It Be,' by the way. Some of our songs have one lyric, like 'They call me Ball Scratch Johnny/They call him Ball Scratch Johnny.' That lyric's done! Check mark! Go!"
On the whole, Ian says he's glad The Goodtimes took up the song-a-day challenge. It's kept the creative juices flowing, and they have over 200 new song ideas to play around with. Coming up with fresh subject matter is one of the biggest problems they face.
"We just run out lyrics after a while. We have, like, 15 songs about pants now. Or farts. Or whatever couples talk about. We have a lot of songs about that stuff."
Luckily, even the most stereotypical of domestic spats can become inspiration for the rockingest music in The Goodtimes household. Their song "Woobley Bum" was born of one of the most classic marital issues in history.
"It was one of those things where the wrong thing comes out of your mouth, and what came out of my mouth was, 'Oh, look at your woobley bum!' And it did not go well with the Missus."
Thanks to some good, old-fashioned communication, they were able to solve the conflict. "Woobley Bum" became the compliment it was always intended to be, and then they wrote a song about it.
"If there's every any problems, just talk about it and then it all resolves itself," Ian says of the secret to a happy rock 'n' roll marriage. "If you communicate and have similar interests, I think it all works out pretty good."
And leaving the robo-orgies to your robot sidekick can't hurt, either.
The seventh annual Goodtimes Christmas Show takes place Dec. 22 at Lula Lounge in Toronto.
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