30-Minute Music Hour

S11 E2 | FULL EPISODE

Brett Newski

Known by many as the first band ever to be kicked out of Walmart for playing an illegal show, Brett Newski and the No Tomorrow are 90’s kids playing shows all over Europe and North America.

AIRED: May 21, 2020 | 0:27:34
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is a PBS Wisconsin Original Production.

♪ [upbeat folk punk music]

♪[guitar in a minor key]

♪ ["Dirt"]

♪ I'm not in my mind and I never was ♪

♪ Yeah I'm not in my mind and I never was ♪

♪ I am not the things that I am thinking of ♪

♪ I keep a close eye on my hopes and dreams ♪

♪ Yeah I keep a close eye on my hopes and dreams oh oh ♪

♪ I am aware my head thinks things that it don't mean ♪

♪ Hands down

♪ Chin up

♪ Rearrange Orion

♪ Reclaim right now

♪ Paint the Milky Way

♪ Then shine [sustained note]

Yah!

♪ You want it perfect but you already knew ♪

♪ Yeah you want it perfect but you already knew ♪

♪ I got some flaws buried in my code ♪

♪ We're all sinners and we'll be fine ♪

♪ Yeah we're all sinners and we'll be fine, ah ha ♪

♪ Jesus knows we did not come from up high ♪

♪ Hands down

♪ Chin up

♪ Rearrange Orion

♪ Reclaim right now

♪ Paint the Milky Way

♪ Hands down

♪ Chin up

♪ Rearrange Orion

♪ Reclaim right now

♪ Paint the Milky Way without trying ♪

♪ Right

[audience cheering]

Hello?

♪ [energetic acoustic guitar]

Here we go.

♪ ["What'd Ya Got To Lose"]

[lively folk music]

♪ Meet me at the high noon

♪ I'll try to tell you how I feel ♪

♪ If I got the guts

♪ 'Cause what do I got to lose when ♪

♪ I'm finite like limelight ♪

♪ You're standing all the time

♪ Give me just one try

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ Left me at midnight it's all right ♪

♪ I'm stronger than I was

♪ I learned straight from the pain ♪

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ When the fear is a punchline

♪ I'm setting up to kill

♪ 'Cause life is but a joke

♪ So what do you got to lose

♪ Yeah what do you got to lose

♪ What do you got to lose

Yeah!

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ Yeah we gotta find a compromise ♪

♪ Why you begging on me

♪ It's time that we enjoy this life ♪

♪ 'Fore it's dark infinity

♪ So tell me

♪ What do we got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose ♪

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ Hello?

♪ Hello hello

♪ Hello

♪ Check check check check check ♪

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ Yeah what do you got to lose

♪ Yeah what do you got to lose

♪ Yeah what do you got to lose

♪ What'd ya got to lose

♪ Goodbye goodbye

[cheers and applause]

Hey, thank you, everybody, so much.

We're called Brett Newski and the No Tomorrow.

We're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

but I lived in Madison for five years.

I actually had communications class

in this very room 11 years ago.

And I got a B minus in communications,

the path of least resistance.

[drumming rimshot "Ba dum tss"]

But made it very far, thanks for having us.

I remember watching this show in my collegiate dorm room

in Sellery Hall when I was 18 so it's cool.

We've come far, you know?

We got Spatola over here on the drum set.

Give it up for Spatola.

[energetic rock music]

All right, so this song,

is anyone familiar with Steel Bridge Song Festival

in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin?

Yeah, cool.

So it's a really amazing one of a kind festival

that's in this '50s Holiday Motel

where all the rooms shut down every June

and people just write songs.

There's like 50 songwriters that write songs

and then they create all the songs that week

and write them on the weekend, perform them on the weekend.

So this is a song I wrote with Pat McDonald,

who co-founded the festival.

If you don't know Pat McDonald, he's kind of a Wisconsin legend.

He was in a band called Tim Buck Three.

- He named the show. - Oh, he named the show?

Pat McDonald named this show 30-Minute Music Hour?

Dang!

So Pat McDonald tribute right now.

If you don't know Pat McDonald,

he had a big hit song called,

"Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades."

Yeah, great man.

So this is called, "Last Dance," let's try that.

I'll do an eight-count and then we'll smash into it.

♪ One two three four

♪ One two three four

♪ ["Last Dance"]

[syncopated acoustic guitar strumming]

♪ It's pretty hard to not look out the eyeballs ♪

♪ From the back of my head

♪ You're gonna try and try and try ♪

♪ To forget the angry hearts

♪ But that's just how it is

♪ La da da da

♪ In trying to build New Amsterdam ♪

♪ I'm just looking for a reason to exist ♪

♪ In a world where everybody feels so small ♪

♪ So insignificant

Yeah!

♪ Cleaning up the mess from the battle is a waste ♪

♪ When the war goes on forever

♪ Man nothing's gonna change

♪ The man who fights with desperation ♪

♪ Never stands a chance

♪ 'Cause a dance with desperation is the last dance ♪

[discordant guitar]

♪ Oh, all right ♪

♪ Anyone can tell you I'm an animal ♪

♪ But I'll never be your dog

♪ So walk around the world without an accomplice ♪

♪ Yeah without a God la da da da ♪

♪ They're trying to build the ark ♪

♪ I just really wanna learn how to swim ♪

♪ Through a sea of plastic bottles ♪

♪ All the refuse the mess we're in ♪

♪ Cleaning up the mess from the battle is a waste ♪

♪ When the war goes on forever

♪ Man nothing's gonna change

♪ The man who fights with desperation ♪

♪ Never stands a chance

♪ 'Cause a dance with desperation is the last dance ♪

♪ The dance with desperation is the last dance ♪

♪ All right

Whoo!

[descending guitar pitch slides lower, then closing riff]

[cheers and applause]

- Audience: Whoo, whoo, whoo!

- Newski: Thanks, everybody.

This next tune, it's called "Ride."

It's just kind of a song about sticking to your guns

and going with your guts.

I feel like I never really trusted my guts

up until a year and a half ago.

But, you know, once you get enough years under your belt

you gotta go with your guts.

And this is on an album calledLife Upside Down

and it's available in the hallway...

only on VHS.

Here we go.

♪ Do do do do do do

♪ One two

♪ Do do do do do do do do

♪ Do do do do do do

♪ Do do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ Do do do do do do do do

♪ Do do do do do

♪ Do do do do do

♪ Do do do do

♪ We could take it slowly

♪ Or we could get insane

♪ No one ever got anywhere

♪ By playing it safe

♪ If I was a God-fearin' man

♪ I'd say a prayer for you

♪ Before you drink the poison wine ♪

♪ Before you eat the poison fruit ♪

♪ I'm gonna take you for a ride I, I, I, I ♪

♪ Before they take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I'm gonna take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I

♪ All the money in Monaco

♪ Couldn't buy me out

♪ Well I hope we get fired

♪ And we can walk the world around ♪

♪ If it's snowing in Texas

♪ If you get out of this place

♪ Yeah baby buy some lottery

♪ Before your luck fades away

♪ I'm gonna take you for a ride I, I, I, I ♪

♪ Before they take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I I'm gonna take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I

♪ Oh

['90s alt. rock tone]

[wailin' guitar chords]

[high-five clap]

[high-five claps]

♪ Yeah we're getting slowly more sane ♪

♪ Let's meet in a suitcase

♪ Go east to Japan

♪ Before I'm a head case

♪ And get stuck in this town

♪ Everything is finite

♪ Everyone gets erased

♪ So I'm leveraging my time

♪ If we can disappear it will be fine ♪

♪ I'm gonna take you for a ride I, I, I, I ♪

♪ Before they take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I I'm gonna take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I

♪ Before they take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I I'm gonna take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I Before they take you for a ride♪

♪ I'm gonna take you for a ride ♪

♪ I, I, I, I, I

[cheers, applause, whistles] - Audience: Yeah, whoo!

- All right.

Does anyone have any questions so far?

All good?

Feel free to yell stuff in the middle of the set.

[strums guitar playfully]

Spotal, you got anything?

- Matt Spatola: Who has the highest credit score?

- He said, "Who has the highest credit score?"

Cool.

[audience laughs]

- Yeah!

- Credit advice from Dave Grohl, people.

[audience member whoops]

This is called "So Long."

♪ Been counting sheep for a living ♪

♪ Waiting around the phone

♪ Holding my breath to my consciousness ♪

♪ Family leaves me alone

♪ I pace around the corner store ♪

♪ Hiding from January

♪ The goodbyes are bad

♪ The comfort is dead

♪ This part always stings real good ♪

♪ So long

♪ So long

♪ Are two words I'll forever choke on ♪

♪ So long

[energetic punk rock music]

♪ Erase the X's

♪ Erase the O's

♪ I'm sick of the tic-tac-toe

♪ And all of this hard stuff feels so tack ♪

♪ Like the crap in the Dollar Store ♪

♪ So keep my tab open for the infinite winter ♪

♪ Shallow's still at your heart ♪

♪ And swallow the snow

♪ I'd build up the road

♪ To get back where we left off ♪

♪ But for now

♪ So long

♪ So long

♪ Are two words I'll forever choke on ♪

♪ So long

♪ Still all the salt

♪ And all of the Dead Sea

♪ On the blisters on my feet

♪ All of Singapore's money

♪ All of Paris' beauty

♪ All the drinks in Mil-wau-kee ♪

♪ And all of the doubts about heaven or hell ♪

♪ Now all the miles on the '73' ♪

♪ Couldn't take you away from me ♪

♪ But for now

♪ So long

♪ So long

♪ Are two words I'll forever choke on ♪

♪ So long

[heavy guitar]

[guitar reverb]

[closing riff]

[cheers and applause]

Cool, good job man.

I liked what you did there,

but I kinda like when you,

instead of the snare going like "pah!"

I like when you go like "pooh pooh."

Like "pooh."

[soft snare music]

Yeah, I think it suits the song better.

It suits the song better when you hit it like" pooh"

instead of like "pah pah pooh."

- How about this? [plays drum]

No? - No.

Like a "pooh pooh."

[soft snare drum music]

Yeah, I mean it's kind of slacking a bit.

It's behind the time.

- Show me how to do it. - And I keep telling you this.

- I brought two snares.

Tell me. - Kind of like,

get some of the rim shot in there.

See what I mean? It's different.

It's like, [drum beat] verses [drum beat].

- Let me try. [soft snare drum music]

- But like a little bit more.

- You know what? - Just a little more.

- I brought two snares! - Come on, just do it, man.

-No, no, no, I brought 2 snares! - It suits the song.

[snare drum falling] Oh, jeez. [audience laughs]

- IS THIS THING ON?!? [audience laughs]

- God, solo.

I'm gonna do the last one solo.

[audience laughs nervously]

[soft acoustic guitar music]

♪ ["Grow Your Garden"]

♪ La da da da da da

♪ La da da da da da da

♪ If I was inside the door

♪ Of a payphone that don't work no more ♪

♪ I'd disconnect the dialtone

♪ The soundtrack of being alone ♪

♪ 'Cause wandering don't keep you strong ♪

♪ It works in spurts but not for long ♪

♪ Your roots they need some lovin' on ♪

♪ The soul can be a desert

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ And if I was a lightning strike ♪

♪ I'd climb down every key and kite ♪

♪ Until I found some solid ground ♪

♪ To plant a brand new life around ♪

♪ If I was the dirt beneath

♪ The sneakers on your soulless feet ♪

♪ I'd nudge you from the mirage ♪

♪ So you could see the water

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Yeah, only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ La da da da da da da da do do do do do ♪

♪ La da da da da da da da do do do do do ♪

[dramatic rock music]

♪ If I was a raging tide

♪ I'd have nothing to hide inside ♪

♪ And that don't get me anywhere ♪

♪ But bludgeoned by the air up there ♪

♪ But if I was on the safety raft ♪

♪ That pulled you from the aftermath ♪

♪ I give your sleepy cheek a smack ♪

♪ So you could see the future

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Yeah only you can grow your garden ♪

♪ Only you can grow your garden ♪

[cheers and applause]

We got time for one more tune I think, yeah?

Sweet.

What do you want to do, Spatola?

Any requests?

"Effervescent."

Hey, if the people sing,

will that translate to the airwaves?

- One way to find out.

- Will people be able to hear it?

But if we tell people to sing and they sing loud

and it doesn't come through on the mics

we'll look like total chumps.

You know? Okay.

Well, that'll be good, it'll be good TV.

Good for you.

All right, this is called "Effervescent."

Let me do a quick tune on that G and that D.

Does anyone have any heckles they would like to yell

while we tune up?

I think it's gotta-- - I quit!

- Spotal quits again?

[soft drum music]

Play that Bon Jovi beat that you like.

[energetic drum music]

Yeah, that's right.

They have to pay now for that 'cause you did that.

God.

All right, "Effervescent."

One, two, three, one, two, three.

["Effervescent"]

♪ Yeah

♪ Woke up on High Street

♪ Feeling as low as I could be

♪ Are you a memory

♪ Is there a prayer for you and me ♪

♪ All right

♪ Effervescent

♪ You're my only

♪ When will you believe

♪ There's no other to discover

♪ Not you then nobody ♪

♪ Nobody

♪ Walked down the avenue

♪ Desperate for somewhere I could sleep ♪

♪ Found me a lonely room

♪ Account is for some real bad dreams ♪

♪ You and me

♪ Effervescent you're my only

♪ When will you believe

♪ There's no other to discover

♪ Not you then nobody ♪

♪ Nobody

♪ Whoo

♪ Used to be different used to be fun ♪

♪ Used to feel like there was no one but us ♪

♪ How did it go

♪ So far off track

♪ I'm begging for you to take me back ♪

♪ Take me back

All right, this is the end, people.

Now it's a teamwork part.

You don't even have to sing it in English.

Actually, I'm gonna go out on a limb here

but we got two minutes and 40 seconds.

What if-- Rucker, what if you came up here?

Baxter, what if you got up here?

Just some people on the couches to get around the mic

and I think it'll sound better

than if it's just in a warehouse.

What about you guys?

Can you join up, no, come on, come on.

We need at least three more people.

Andy Moore?

We need at least one gal up here to neutralize the beef.

Here we go.

This'll be great.

So here's the part.

Yeah, cuddle up, cuddle up a little more.

But make a wedge around the mic

and then the part is this.

♪ La da da da da da da da da da da ♪

That's the part, ready?

♪ La da da da da da da da da da da ♪

That's the part.

Keep her going.

♪ La da da da da da da da da da da ♪

Last one and then crowd surf back.

♪ La da da da da da da da da da da ♪

Thank you guys.

♪ Effervescent you're my only

♪ When will you believe

♪ There's no other to discover

♪ Not you then nobody

♪ Effervescent you're my only

♪ When will you believe

♪ There's no other to discover

♪ Not you then nobody ♪

♪ Nobody

♪ Go

Thanks, everybody, that's it for us!

[audience cheering]

Much love, much respect.

Brett Newski and the No Tomorrow.

We'll see you on the Internet till next time we meet.

[cheers and applause] [energetic rock music]

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