Wednesday, September 22, 2004

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Pop Vultures

Vinnie & the Stardüsters' Censored Radio Show to Air on MPR 91.1

When Minnesota Public Radio and Prairie Home Productions decided to pay
tribute to local mock-rock legends, Vinnie & the Stardüsters, they weren't
prepared for the ground-breaking bathroom humor emitted during the recording
sessions. Quaking from fear of a crackdown from the FCC and John Ashcroft,
MPR caved under pressure and censored the thigh-slapping repartee of the
Düsters. Not since Lenny Bruce have such extraordinary potty jokes fallen victim
to such persecution.
The ale-fueled sessions in the cellar of the Prairie Home Companion offices
produced the now-legendary "basement tapes," only a smattering of which will
be heard on the air. Events turned sour, however, when the show's name was
changed from "The Mighty Mighty Stardüsters" to the limp-wristed "Pop
Vultures." The final straw came when producer Garrison Keillor tried to rename
Vinnie & the Stardüsters "The Beer Brothers." John stormed out of the session
but was coaxed back behind the microphone with cookies and a big fat
To keep the case out of court, MPR agreed to air 13 episodes of the highly-
censored radio show. Pop Vultures, aka "The Vinnie & the Stardüsters' Power
Hour," has already aired in Seattle, Portland, Austin, Basra, and twelve other
We ask you to express your solidarity with The Stardüsters and condemn this
age-of-terror censorship fueled by the present Bush Administration and please
turn off your radio except at these “funny” times:

10:06 p.m. Stardüster drummer Nick is cut off by hostess Kate Sullivan and
Nick's gratuitous anatomical reference is erased.

10:17 p.m. Stardüster singer John utters brilliant jab at Mick Jagger's stage
wiggling, then his potentially inflammatory statement is deleted.

10:19 p.m. Stardüster guitarist Eric actually talks about music but is interrupted
by Nick who is in turn cut off by tape editor because of sexually-explicit comment
about White Stripes' drummer.

Comments/protest about the show and questions about the Stardüsters'
personal lives are very-much welcomed at:

What: A half-hour radio infomercial about Vinnie & the Stardüsters called "Pop
Vultures" analyzing the inspiration of the Stardüsters' music. Each week will
focus on a different Stardüster, their personal lives, musical muses, their battles
with sex addictions, drugs and getting the highest-quality heroin for their money.

When: 10 p.m. Sundays for 13 weeks beginning September 6th.

Where: KNOW 91.1

Why: To advertise Vinnie & the Stardüsters and promote their forthcoming ep


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