Last year, Lookout Records had a CMJ night in NYC with MTX, The Queers, Cub, The
Smugglers, Pansy Division, and the Groovie Ghoulies. It was on my best friend's birthday,
and I got her into MTX not too long before that so I took her to the show for her
birthday. At one point between bands I went to get a drink, and noticed that Dr.
Frank was at the bar talking to someone. I had an idea, so I went up and asked Dr.
Frank if he could do me a really huge favor. "Well, what kind of favor?", he asked
kind of suspiciously, like I was going to ask hime something really weird. I explained
that it was my best friend's birthday, she was really into MTX, etc....when they
played, could he wish her a happy birthday or dedicate a song to her or something?
He said that that was no problem, he asked me her name, and then wrote her name on
his hand in marker and said "I'm writing it on my hand, so if I forget now, I'm really
an idiot" or something like that. So finally they played, and I thought that he did
forget because he told me that they were only playing for 25 minutes, and they had
already played a bunch of songs without saying anything. Then they were about to
play "Semi-OK", and instead of the usual "This is a song about a girl" intro, Dr.
Frank announced, "This song is dedicated to Chris Jones for her birthday"! How cool
is that? After the show, Chris told me that that was the nicest thing anyone had
ever done for her birthday. I saw MTX again this year, but I didn't get to talk to
Dr. Frank and pass along Chris' thanks, unfortunately. I thought that was really
cool of him to do, and something that I'm sure a lot of bands wouldn't take the time