NEWS: October 16, 2000
Halloween Hullabaloo in Havertown
Friday the 13th proved anything but unlucky for those fortunate enough to catch the Electric
Fish at Peabody's Pub in Havertown.
Pulling in people from as far away as Lancaster and Allentown, and one fan who flew in from
Cleveland, the band continued pushing the entertainment envelope in Delaware County.
Along with their usual eclectic mix of "danceable rock played loudly" the Fish sprinkled in a few
Halloween and Philly favorites, featured female backup singers and displayed a dazzling array of costumes, all
to the delight and amazement of the audience.
Displaying a taste for the bizzare which was perfectly suited for a full-mooned Friday the 13th, the
Fish time-tripped from the 50's with a hot version of Carl Perkin's "Honey Don't" to the 60's Easy
Rider inspired "Born to be Wild" to an almost too-authentic version of the 70's dance hit "Disco
They continued with a big 80's set with Lindsay Bondurant supplying female lead vocals for the
Human League's "Don't You Want Me" and culminated in the late 90's smash "Walking on the
Sun." The evening concluded with the reappearance of the Fish's trademark "Satisfaction, Egyptian,
Coalmine" medley, which left the assembled dancers tired but happy.
Among the celebrities in attendance were: Sonny &
Cher, Annie Lennox, Gwen Stefani, Elvis Costello, Boy
George, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Nancy Sinatra, the guy from Dexy's Midnight Runners and Bob Marley (or was it
As for the boys in the band, we had Dan "Stevie Ray Vaughn"
Kirchheimer, John "DEVO"
Bradley, Mark "Slash" Litwack, John "Axl" Hagan and
Mike "John Lennon" Ward.
Taking advantage of the free food, several organizations were out in force, most notably, the Philadelphia
Gator Club and the Silent Striders Running Club.
Not content to give away food, the Fish also handed out prizes for costume excellence. The winners:
- Most Original - Alicia Hicks - Gwen Stefani
- Funniest - Paul Amos - Austin Powers
Comment of the evening - from Andy Weaver, Lancaster PA:
"I couldn't dance to all of your songs, but they
More photos from the event can be found here.