Announcing our December show!

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Spring Break: Four More Years!

Tues Dec 23rd, 2008, Tripod, Harcourt St. Dublin 2.

Tickets go onsale 10am this Thursday 6th November and cost €24.50 incl. booking fee.
Buy online from tickets.ie and in City Discs, Temple Bar & Sound Cellar on Nassau St.

Hey Spring Break fans,

James Baker here, dispensing the latest news from you favourite 80s Super Group. The band guarantees me they hope this electronic correspondence finds you well.

It was way back in the fall of 1983 – when I was serving as the Chief of Staff in the Reagan White House – that, in conversation with Ted Koppel on Nightline, Jan Van Couver memorably asserted: “When you’re in Spring Break, every night is Saturday night. Heck-fire Ted, every day is Saturday night! Don’t get me wrong, we respect time, it’s just we aren’t controlled by it. We know, of course, that for every minute spent organising an hour is earned, but gosh darn it, we don’t count every hour in the day, we just make every hour count. You dig what I’m putting down, Ted? You dig that?”

It was clear Ted didn’t, but after spending the best part of six months on the road with the guys during the Presidential campaign of the following year, I sure did. After a few weeks, the days began to merge like MCI Communications and WorldCom. It was an emotional vortex but also the most exciting time of my life. For Jan, Hilton, Carmichael, Kenny and Jim however, it was a much longer ride; a disorienting one that would come crashing to an end, on October 19th, 1987: Black Monday.

Experts still disagree as to what caused the world’s markets to shed such a huge value that morning, though it has long been my view it was the news ABC would not be picking up Sledge Hammer for a third season. There is, though, less confusion surrounding what caused the markets to rally in the days following the decline.

Kenny Berrera – whose great grandfather introduced Charles Dow and Edward Jones – was having lunch in Martha’s Vineyard with Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve, as events unfolded that afternoon.

The Chairman of America’s central banking system was aghast at what was unfolding before him, by close of business he was also perplexed: perplexed as to how Spring Break shares were the only units of account that had continued to rise in value as all others nosedived. At this moment, he turned to the urbane guitarist for counsel.

Berrera explained that he had seen the crash coming; that because of unstable portfolio insurance derivatives it was “an accident waiting to happen” and also “imminently forecastable”. He told Greenspan he had taken Spring Break’s entire portfolio the previous week and reinvested it in Michael Jackson bonds – Jackson was to release his album Bad on October 24th – and how it was this alliance with their old buddy that inspired the markets’ confidence in Spring Break.

It was Berrera who then advised the Fed to affirm its “readiness to serve as a source of liquidity to support the economic and financial system”. A catastrophic crisis had been averted thanks to Kenny’s swift and decisive action, though it would be years before the markets fully recovered nonetheless. It was business as usual for Spring Break, however. That winter they penned Waiting for a Star to Fall and made a memorable cameo appearance on the Cosby Show Holiday special.

This Xmas, they’ll be breaking from their advisory role to current Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, to once again take to the stage at Dublin’s Tripod, on December 23rd, 2008.

Tickets to this show are €24.50 and go on sale Thursday 6th November at 10am online www.tickets.ie and in Sound Cellar on Nassau St. These tickets are sure to be the hottest commodities in town, so don’t miss out. The recovery starts here, people.

See you at show time

Keep the Fire burnin’,

James & Spring Break