Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Overheard at SXSW 1989

1. “The registration line was insane. That’s 25 minutes of my life I won’t get back.”

2. “Do you know where Saturday’s day party is?”

3. “Austin learned its lesson from the Armadillo. No way they’re tearing down Liberty Lunch for an office building.”

4. “I’m in such a hurry I’m gonna have to grab lunch from a food truck. Where’s the nearest construction site?”

5. “We can either see Mojo Nixon tonight for free or pay $30 to see him next year at the Erwin Center.”

6. “Let’s just take a cab to Salt Lick. How much could it be?”

7. “So, besides the Austin Music Awards, what else are you excited about this week?”

8. “They used to be a punk band, but now they play roots music. With punk energy.”

9. “There’s a long line at the Gunbunnies. This $10 wristband is such a ripoff!”

10. “I’m not sure, but I think the Spin party is either in room 1703 or 1307.

11. “Holy shit, that’s Peter Zaremba!”

12. “SXSW is a good idea, but they’re going to need to rely on the revenue from the Austin Chronicle to survive.”

13. “One day this thing might be bigger than Aquafest. OK, I’m wasted.”

14. “If you’re cool you call it ‘Southby’.”

15. “I heard they were going to have a hip-hop act this year, but couldn’t find a corporate sponsor.”

16. “They need to get someone hip, with an opinion, to keynote.  Someone like Michelle Shocked.”

17. “Let’s share a room at the San Jose. Not to save money, but to take turns standing guard.”

18. “Some guy just handed me a cassette. Hasn’t he heard of CDs?”

19. Look at poor Hugh Forest, sitting there. They’re gonna need to figure out a way to keep him busy.

20. “It’s so great SXSW happens during Spring Break. No college kids in town!

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