A Season of Stuff: A Shampoo that works like a conditioner

A Season of Stuff is a writing challenge that I will be doing for the length of Spring 2016.  The plan – to pick some object from within my personal possessions each day and write about it – its history, its significance, etc.  Come on in – check out my stuff.


Having a large house – especially one with both an ample attic and basement can be a dangerous thing.  Stuff accumulates quickly.  Weird shit especially makes its way to some shelf in a far off corner where you only ever see it several times a year and think “Why the hell do I have that?” and then you leave it there, cuz why not, right?

And so it is with this bottle of “Shampoo that works like a conditioner” (actually just a bottle of bubble stuff), swag from the old Pittsburgh band Paul Lynde 451 from one of their rare shows at the old Roboto space.  I tried looking at the big list of Roboto shows to see if I could figure out what show it was from.  July 16, 2002 seems like a likely date, the only confirmed show I have on that list.  It was most definitely not October 5, 2002 which is listed in one version of that show list as “supposed to be a paul lynde 451 show but they cancelled, and it ended up being totally awesome dudes and unsound and some crappy high school band that covered nirvana.”   Awesome.  Totally awesome.

Anyway, Paul Lynde 451 was a fairly long running Pittsburgh band that performed in drag.  They had a song called something along the lines of “Shampoo that works like a conditioner”, perhaps a song about gender-bending in some fashion, I don’t recall, but at this show they had several bottles of this “shampoo” that they gave out during their set.  Somehow I ended up with it and thinking myself some level of a Pittsburgh punk archivist, felt it was worth keeping around.  This then survived the move from my old house to our current house when we bought it and at some point made its way into our basement.  Why the basement?

Looking at the bottle you have Mike Shanley in some type of questionable geisha costume on one side and on the other is Spaz looking like a fire-red devil.  There’s some water damage to the poorly printed, probably inkjet quality label on this bottle of shampoo.  This was not intended to still be around in the year 2016, especially hanging around in a dank basement.

Ok, so I brought this thing up from my basement to take photos of it.  Do I keep it around? Is it time to get rid of it?  Do you want it?




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