"Pistol" Pete Selin - Freelance Vandals man9
Our manager at the time was a fella by the name of "Pistol" Pete Selin. Pete was an enthusiastic individual who approached his job with a attack dog mentality. When he arrived at Hurrah's, Pete began to affix Freelance Vandals bumper stickers and flyers to the walls around the club and the club's bouncer expressed his dislike by throwing Pete out of the club. What Pete did next, illustrates why I think he was the best manager we ever had. Having been thrown out of Hurrahs, Pete went down the street to a Rite Aid drug store and purchased a razor, a can of shaving cream and a box of band-aids. Then Pete went back to his car where he proceeded to shave his beard off .all without the aid of warm water). By the time he was finished, his face sported a series of band-aids and Pete looked like he'd been attacked by a porcupine.
After cleaning himself up and changing his shirt, Pete returned to the club. At the club's entrance, the bouncer stopped and asked him, "Say, aren't you the guy I just threw out of here?" Pete replied, "No. That was my brother. He can be a real pain in the ass sometimes." Tick...tick...tick...a long period of silence passed as the bouncer stared intently at Pete's ravaged face. Finally, the bouncer waved him into the club. Pete smiled to himself and, while whistling a happy tune, strolled into the men's room whereupon he affixed another Freelance Vandals bumper sticker to the wall. Somehow, Pete managed to evade the club's security staff for the rest of the evening but I remember walking around the club and seeing more and more Freelance Vandals bumper stickers affixed to chairs, doors and Pete had even managed to convince one of the bartenders to put a bumper sticker on the back of his t-shirt.
Freelance Vandals Double Dog Pack
While Pete and I were hanging out at the bar before the opening set, Pete happened to spot Robert Christgau, one of the most infamous music critics back in the day. Since Pete always carried around a copy of the band’s Double Dog Pack singles package (pictured above), he approached Christgau and asked him if he would mind giving the band’s recordings a listen. Christgau seemed genuinely interested so after handing off the records Pete and I went back to the dressing room to get ready for the show. Despite the mishap with the surface of the stage, the band did a great show and we all felt like we made a solid impression on a tough NYC crowd.