So, uh, this is easily the best headline we’ve seen since “Porpoises rescue Dick van Dyke.” Although the story of Luke Temple’s merry Brooklyn bliss-out band picking up a camp film legend doesn’t quite have the same ring as the star of Mary Poppins being rescued by marine creatures, it did make for an interesting photo op, courtesy of bassist Jen Turner.
Waters has been a reported hitchhiking enthusiast, and Here We Go guitarist Michael Bloch told Pitchfork the fascinating tale:
“There’s a hydro-fracking boom in western Pennsylvania. You can’t get a motel room. We had to drive ‘til 4 a.m., and finally found a Days Inn in eastern Ohio. Getting back on the highway this morning, there was a man at the side of the on-ramp with a sign that read ‘to the end of Rte 70. Jen [Turner, bassist] wanted to pick him up, but we drove past him. As we passed by, our sound guy said. ‘John Waters.’ Luke said, ‘Yep, definitely John Waters.’ We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. ‘Baltimore,’ he said. And we said ‘Get in, sir.’”
The band also offered a few tweets from the experience:
· Just picked up John Waters hitchhiking in the middle of Ohio.. No joke. Waters in the van.
· @stevekeros steve it is absolutely 100% pinky sworn true. He even carries a mixtape to listen to!
· Gotta keep them eyes open. People are everywhere.
· What an utter gentleman, as natural and observant of people as one might imagine. A total joy, full of stories. Thanks JW, be safe out there
· A bit of an odd day today.. But not all that much more odd than many days, really.
We just want to know what was on that mixtape.