Cool or crazy?

Have you ever heard of The Dan Band?

They are a comedy music group, thus the “band,” and the lead singer’s name is Dan, thus the “Dan.”

(Incidentally, Dan’s wife is actress, Kathy Najimy. It’s not relevant to this post, but I just think it’s an interesting tidbit.)

Dan dresses like a gas station attendant and his two male backup singers wear suits and ties.

This is their shtick: they only perform pop songs originally by female musicians or bands and they don’t change the pronouns. Oh, and they swear. A lot.

The whole thing is actually are pretty funny.

Oddly, enough their live CD happens to be one of my mother’s favorites.

She discovered them on Ellen and really got a kick out of their performance. She laughed so hard telling me about it that I bought her the CD for some holiday.

At the time we didn’t know they used so many expletives, but it only seemed to increase their appeal to my mother.

It’s not that I don’t approve of The Dan Band, the gender-bending thing or the swearing. I’m not a prude.

It’s just a bit surprising to discover your 70-something mother dancing around the kitchen, singing TLC’s “No Scrubs” or Alanis Morissette’s “You Outa Know” and randomly shouting out “fuck!”

She’s either really cool or it’s an early sign of dementia.

I choose to believe she’s cool.


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