Saturday, March 1, 2008


Anyone who reads this blog is probably inclined to think: this girl is all sass and no class. Well, you'd be mostly right, but sometimes I can class it up. Sometimes.

I went to an engagement party on 5th Avenue at some fancy schmancy hotel at some fancy schmancy members only club called Doubles. It was for my dear old friend Chris Kelly and his fiance Leah. At one point in his life, when he was 17/18 years old, Chris was being poised to be former Island/DefJam head Lyor Cohen's protege. He would come into the office every day after school and try to figure out how to save the music industry. Lyor had him on speed dial. There were stories about how a teenaged Chris would have one of the conference rooms set up with graphs and pie charts and numerical equations... there were rumors that he had thought of iTunes years before it existed. After about a year, Chris decided that he wanted to become a brain surgeon and a couple years later he was teaching biology to pre-med students at Columbia University (coincedently he taught one of my oldest friends ... which lead her to say "you know that guy!?") and writing cookbooks. In about 5 years he will be doing surgery on people's brains (if he isn't doing so already). I met my current partner, former Island/DefJam exec and Stolen Transmission co-founder Rob Stevenson through Chris when he was an intern. I met Chris on AOL in 1998 when we bonded over Placebo. He was 14 and I was 18. He told me he was 18. I really didnt have any reason to not believe him.

Anyway, last night, Lyor was there... along with about 300 other people to celebrate Chris' engagement to this wonderful woman Leah. And as a surprise Leah hired the Kingsmen -- an a capella group from Columbia University. Dressed as your typical ivy leaguers in kahki pants, navy blazer, and university tie, the group got up infront of the crowd and performed The Beatles' "She Loves You," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," and Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." Now, incase you caught it... the Kingsmen is also the name of the classic band whose biggest hit was "Louie Louie". I dont know if anyone caught that.


Matt Raz said...

I did catch that! I read it and before I finished the sentence explaining they were an a capella group I was all wtf, mate they are:
a.) still around?
b.) available for parties!?

Mac said...

Congrats to Chris and Leah.

I'm usually the dumbest person in the room; but, if Chris walked in, it would seem that I would, literally, turn into a (dumb as a) rock.
You have cool friends, brother, and an amazing life to follow.
Stolen Transmission is the new [insert your favorite record label] :-)

Anonymous said...

That sounds like one insanely genius guy!
Brandon probably seems like a retard compared to him (kidding of course!)

As a diehard Placebo fan I got a little kick out of seeing "protege" and "Placebo" in the same post... haha. Congratulations to the both of them!

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