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The VAM Commanders


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In the beginning… there was beer. But it cost money that Josh and Joe didn’t have. Growing up relatively poor in small Oregon town, all they really had was a total lack of shame. But they really felt like drinking that night.

So for lack of a better plan, they walked the several blocks from the grocery store to the plaza, lay down a hat and began to beat-box. About five minutes in, Markos strolled by with a guitar and decided to sit in.

The impromptu band dished out absurdist takes on Snoop Dogg and Lynard Skynard. Inexplicably, people stopped to dance. And they ponied up some serious dough. Within an hour the band had made $30, more than enough to purchase the desired beer, and to give a healthy tip to whatever homeless person they conned into buying it.

So the boys decided to jam again some time. They met at Markos’s house the next week, embarking on an ambitious set that included songs by Green Jello, B.B. King and several hip-hop jams. Primarily they picked the songs they thought would irritate Markos’s sister the most. She wanted them to play Spice Girls covers, which they did and she still hated.

For the next practice, Markos invited his friend Paul to play on bass.

The fledgeling band dubbed themselves The Vam Commanders, in order to wrest control of a theorized conspiracy of cars surrounding Josh’s house bearing the letters V-A-M on the license plate.

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