From The Desk Of The Green Pajamas: Ernie Ball Super Slinky

Like its Southern California influences in the Paisley Underground (Rain Parade, Three O’Clock), named as an homage to the psychedelic heyday of Jefferson Airplane and Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Green Pajamas must hold the world’s record for most albums (somewhere around 30) recorded by a band with the fewest number of live appearances (somewhere more than 30) over a career that has spanned almost 30 years. Jeff Kelly and Co. recently released longplayer Death By Misadventure via longtime Pajamas label Green Monkey. Kelly and bandmates Laura Weller and Eric Lichter will be guest editing magnet all week. Read our recent feature on them.

Weller: Since I first began playing the electric guitar in junior high, I have played Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. I think I first noticed them because of their black and hot pink packaging and swirly letters and thought the name was cool. I later found that tons of great musicians are fiercely loyal to this brand. Recently, I visited Wikipedia to find out who exactly Ernie Ball was. Turns out, among other things, he was a musician and entrepreneur who started what some people believe was the first music store in the United States to sell guitars exclusively in Tarzana, Calif.

From the Wiki, “When music sales reps criticized him for refusing to sell drumsticks and other instruments equipment, Ball replied, ‘I just want to sell guitars.’ He was repeatedly told that a guitar store would never be a success, but the words rang hollow as people began to come from miles around to visit the shop. Eventually, the products spawned from his company would sell in more than 5,500 stores and be exported to more than 70 countries around the world.”

Thank you, Ernie Ball, for years of guitar playing pleasure!

Video after the jump.