THE CABALLEROS VHS SCREENING
LOCATION UNDISCLOSED, 30 JULY
By the time the police arrived, it was too late.
Ever the ones to be doing it differently, The Caballeros over reached themselves this time. Planning an intimate showing of their latest offering, a compilation of Caballeros videos and ephemera on VHS format only, they made the mistake of posting the private venue address on Facebook.
“It was mayhem. But it was beautiful mayhem. Just like The Caballeros themselves.”
What ensured was like one of those stories you see on Today Tonight where the witless teenage host says to camera, “It just got out of hand. It was only meant to be me and about 10 of my best mates, but then someone put the address on Facebook and all these people turned up.” Then you get the host’s Mum saying that Johnny’s a good boy really. Then you get a big wig from the police, all stern and saying how people shouldn’t be out enjoying themselves on a Tuesday night anyway. You know how it goes.
We’d only just finished watching the credits of the video when the gate crashers arrived. They swarmed the place, drinking all the beer and finishing off the popcorn and lolly bags so thoughtfully provided by our hosts. At one point there was a pitched battle in the street outside, random Caballeros chasing off the local street toughs waving white plastic chairs over their heads, black ties flying in the breeze behind them.
It was mayhem. But it was beautiful mayhem. Just like The Caballeros themselves.
As for the video, it’s bloody good! There’s tunes, there’s film of live performances, there’s genuinely funny bits. There’s a lot to like about it. And, because they chose to put it out on VHS only, you’ll probably never see it.
So, what’s the moral of this tale? Next time you see a Facebook invite to some quirky event put on by some artsy punks on a Tuesday night, just fucking go! Don’t stop to think about whether you might feel a bit seedy at work the next day, or worry about getting over excited and having an asthma attack. Just go!
Why? Because they need your support, deserve it, even, and not only for when the neighbourhood trash needs taking out.