Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 25-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.
December 1, 1991
Hi! It’s enough! I’m Dirk and I like your musik. After one year looking for your records I’m tired of not finding it. I’m interested in all your stuff. Every record, tape; oh yes for t-shirts or tour posters too. If you can send me anything, it would be very nice. In this letter I send you 100$ and this heavy duty cigarette and if there is any money left use it up for a beer and enjoy and maybe you get a kick for another great song. If you ever get to Germany let me know, maybe I could be helpful with some tour contacts.
So this was my idea.
I sent Dirk everything we had. It took a long time to get there. “Maybe it went by submarine across the north pole,” he joked in his April letter. “I talked to a few promoters about a tour and it wasn’t so promising. OK. Now my idea. I will do it for you! Let’s dare it.” David and I talked a long time about Dirk’s idea, and after a few faxes back and forth, we decided to take a chance on this guy we’d never met, who had never booked a tour. One tour turned into half a dozen incredible tours with Dirk, and to this day, we still say “Let’s dare it” when we decide to take a chance on something that could just as easily turn out to be a disaster, but usually doesn’t.