Percussionist Dave Weckerman has been part of the Feelies story since 1976 when he, Glenn Mercer and Bill Million formed the Outkids, which quickly evolved into the Feelies. Following the release of seminal 1980 debut Crazy Rhythms, the group went on a sort of short-lived hiatus, though the band members played together in a number of offshoots, including the Trypes, the Willies and Yung Wu. 1987’s Shore Leave was the sole album by Yung Wu, which featured Weckerman as singer/songwriter backed by Mercer, Million and fellow Feelies Brenda Sauter and Stan Demeski. The long-out-of-print Shore Leave has just been reissued by Bar/None, so we asked Weckerman to guest edit magnetmagazine.com. He said yes and will be writing about “some favorite things and cultural touchstones in my life (so far)” all week.
Weckerman: From the Dobie Gillis show. Maynard was a bongo-playing beatnik who shunned work and Tuesday Weld. Long before I heard the names Ginsberg, Kerouac or Burroughs. Of course, Maynard was really actor Bob Denver, who would go on to further fame as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island.
Dobie Gillis seemed like a rip off of the Archie comic crew. Maynard was a hipster version of Jughead, Dobie was Archie and Thalia Menninger was like Betty.