Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I recently stumbled across a display of Duncan yo-yos at my friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart store. They were selling the same models that I remembered from my youth, and I purchased a Butterfly, which was my favorite back in the day. It was always easier for me to do tricks with a Butterfly, especially walk-the-dog, as opposed to the Imperial, which was the other popular yo-yo they manufactured. I owned both types, of course.
For a mere $1.99 I got a "made in China" yo-yo (every bit as good as one manufactured in Duncan's Ohio plant back in my day), that came with an instructional CD to show you how to do twelve different tricks and included a musical soundtrack for yo-yo enthusiasts to yo-yo by. One of the featured bands, Tsunami Bomb, is an amazingly talented punk rock group with a female lead singer (Agent M.) that just blows my socks off. They possess a joyful soaring sound with a youthfully razored edge that is head banging hard rock the way I loved it at 17, with fast guitars and crisp thumping bass lines underscoring the strong-willed voice of a punk diva in her prime.
Intelligent design in raucous rock & roll. Dig it!