Members: Joe "Bazooka Joe" and Christine "Christine Sixteen" Almeida
Who we talked to: Joe, 35
How did you get into music? I was a radio DJ back in Las Vegas. I was there from 1991 until '97. I had a show called "The Chemical Lounge." It basically featured the same kind of music that my wife and I DJ now together at parties.
Did you meet your wife DJing? I actually did. I flew from Las Vegas to New York in (2003) . . . and I was out there DJing a party . . . thrown by my friend . . . who owned a record store in the East Village called Wowsville Records. It was punk and garage and '60s music type of records store.
I crashed (Christine's) house-warming party and met her and from there, we just commuted between Vegas and New York for about five months until I moved to New York.
I mean, her taste was so good and so wild, and she has so much style. I was, like, "Wow. I need to make this girl my DJ partner." So, that's how The Thing With Two Heads started.
What did you grow up listening to? We're really rooted in '60s party music. My mom would always play the oldies station in the car. I would hear things that are still staples in our sets today like "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen or "Green Onions" Booker T & the MG's.
I always felt that music was just timeless and funky and wild.
What brought you to the area ? At the end of 2007, we had left New York to move to Pennsylvania to be closer to (Christine's) family and just to get away from the city. We just really needed a change of scenery. When we got to Harrisburg . . . we didn't know where we could play.
We didn't know if there was any kind of scene for the things that we do. We kind of made one for ourselves. (In May 2008,) we wound up . . . playing regularly at (The Gingerbread Man) in downtown Harrisburg. The parties were pretty decent for a while, and then they tapered off. I was surprised that nobody danced.
We moved to Dallastown exactly one year to the day after we moved to Harrisburg.
So what do you spin? We play dance music, plain and simple. The beauty of it is that we don't know what we're playing half the time.
We collect records so fervently that when we find something that looks interesting, we'll bring it home with us.
We play the rarest of the rare, the hardest of the hard and the loudest of the loud, from '50s rhythm and blues to '60s soul . . . and deep funk and rock-a-billy.
Just because we play so much old music doesn't mean that it's music for old people. A lot of this music was made with the youth in mind.
Do you know how many records you have? We have about 2,000 records, but the collection's growing all of the time.
Do you frequent any local record stores? I found out about Tom's Music (Trade) in Red Lion. I was just really impressed that there was an (ex-patriot) from England living in Red Lion, who had a hip, second-hand record store.
I was in there (a couple months ago) and there was this hipster guy in there and I watched him spend $200 on a GG Allin record. I thought (that) was unbelievable, first of all, because there was a GG Allin record sitting in a store in Red Lion . . . and that somebody was . . . willing to spend $200. It just blew my mind.
It was fantastic. If I would have had the money, I would have spent it. (Laughs)
Have you played any shows around Dallastown? I know there's nothing going on in Dallastown. There (are) only 4,000 people here. As far as living in York County as opposed to Dauphin County, we haven't found any place yet that seems like it would be a good place for us to have a party.
Maybe it's just because I'm not looking hard enough, but all the bars here seem to be the same. When we would do (our gigs) in Harrisburg, people from York would come, which was really nice.
We actually asked them for suggestions . . . but nobody really had anything for us. We'd like to find something closer.
Do you think vinyl is the best way to listen to music? One of the things I love about the fact that we still play vinyl is we're playing records that were pressed 50 years ago.
Just having this piece of vinyl in your hand is so absolutely out of control.
- ERIN McCRACKEN, FLIPSIDE STAFF
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