A Rambling Item Starring David Seeley, Tango, Gary Myrick, Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns, Mike Rhyner and Lisa Loeb

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Tango and the work of the great Bob "Daddy-O" Wade
Speaking of late, great Lower Greenville venues ...

Last weekend the boy and I picked over Paperbacks Plus, where I found a copy of David Seeley's Too Cool to Get Married, a 1989 paperback collection of pieces written for, mostly, Texas Monthly. Included are some familiar pieces: that '82 story about cruising Forest Lane, the May '85 profile of my old friend and junior-high classmate Nancy "Shaggy" Moore, then the beloved host of KNON's late-Saturday-nights Pajama Party; and the title tale that ran in May 1984, a sorta-kinda chronicle of what it was like to be young and in love in Dallas during those days. Two months later, Seeley, an early-days Observer-er, would follow that story with a sorta-kinda sequel that's not in the book, "Take This Job and Love It," about a Sanger-Harris secretary and her after-hours pursuits.

And time and again I kept coming across the word "Tango," as in: Shannon Wynne's dancing-frog-topped shut-up-and-danceteria at 1827 Greenville, where you'll now find the Taco Cabana. Which reminded me: A few weeks ago, while trolling for a listening-pleasure week-ender, I found this recently posted short-but-sweet cassette keepsake: Gary Myrick at Tango some time in 1983. (Incidentally, that website, and the ones to which it links, may keep you busy for days.) For whatever reason I never got around to posting it, which is odd since this apparent radio broadcast (The Zoo? The Eagle?) features a pretty terrific version of "She Talks in Stereo," which could then be heard on the great Valley Girl sound track. I didn't find out till years later that Myrick is actually Dallas born-n-bred.

The photo above is what the place looked like outside. After the jump, go inside: You'll find a recently posted 27-minute Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns feature dating back to '84, shortly before Tango closed amidst some, ah, legal issues. That's Joe Nick Patoski doing the intro'ing. But ... wait. Who's that we find interviewing the band at the 5:54 mark (and throughout)? Is that a young ... Mike Rhyner? Why yes, yes it is. And ... a young, unbespectacled Lisa Loeb! Quite the party party party weekend.

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Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Wow! Real trip down memory lane with those Texas Monthly articles. I remember when the Shaggy issue came out there was confusion because so many thought the girl on the cover was Shaggy. Where is she today?

I remember Tango very well. Went to a few club nights there in the 80's. Remember the frogs on the roof so vividly. Last time I went was to see X on their See How We Are tour...

I really did not realize that Taco Cabana was on that space until I just read that just now!

Kevin Scott Kirby
Kevin Scott Kirby

"Are people partying more because of the Soviet threat?"

Man, do I miss the Cold War. Only then did we get questions like that.

gladnotsad
gladnotsad

Are the Tango Frogs still at Carl's Corner truck stop north of Hillsborough?

ChrisU
ChrisU

can anybody confirm this Joe King/Tango story-Carrasco always played '99 tears' well one night at Tango somebody thought it might be fun to set off some tear gas during the song.....can't remember where I heard that one, probably a 'suburban'legend.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I recently saw Lisa Loeb in a small concert hall. It was during my vacation in Hawaii, 2009. As a teen, I was all over "Stay", "I Do", and the like. Come to find out, she now does camp songs for the young-uns, acoustically. I think the party ends for some (begins commercially?) when you hit that genre. Just promise that Lisa Loeb: Camp Songs for Kids (aka Camp Lisa) won't EVER make FYWLP, ok?

motor man
motor man

Looks like JoeKing is putting on a late summer South Texas mini tour including Labor Day weekend stops in Marfa and Alpine if anyone is interested in driving 1200 miles on rent-a-car weekend rates.

Roadsidecouch
Roadsidecouch

The last time I drove by was in June.  The frogs had been removed from the roof of the station and placed i n the yard of mansion across the highway east of the truck stop.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

They were last time I was by there. On south side by the saloon entrance. The place came under new ownership February 1st and all of Willie's stuff was removed.

Rich Graham
Rich Graham

@ChrisU, I was there that night. People spilled into the street, people on the upper floors were breaking out windows to get air. Total mayhem. It's mentions on this blog post from a few months ago from ArtAndSeek.nethttp://bit.ly/nw15Ls Rumor was that Joe K was there with Buddy Holly's widow 

Honey Pie Mangrove
Honey Pie Mangrove

Yes, Joe King Carrasco - the party is on!  There are several shows in central Texas, 2 in west Texas and one in Houston.  Check out the event page at www.joeking.com

ChrisU
ChrisU

wow. Nicks Uptown saw some legends there and that building is still standing.thanks Rich!

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