Chicago punk legends Apocalypse Hoboken are gearing up for two reunion shows at Chop Shop (July 13 & 14). That seemed like a perfect excuse to chat with Todd and Andy from the band. It’s been a while, for sure. Joining us in the car is the source of this week’s meal: Matt Habib, proprietor of the transcendent Legit Dogs & Ice 51 S. Grove Ave (Elgin). The food was ridiculously good. Go there now. We’ll wait.
Anyway, here’s what was discussed on this week’s show, sponsored by Boost Mobile:
- Legit Dogs opened up on a Tuesday just to participate in Car Con Carne. WE LOVE THEM.
- Matt made 12 dogs for the four of us. 12 (“Everyone in Elgin eats like this”). Here’s what we tried on the show:
- Mac & Cheese: Cheesy beef hot dog topped with mac & cheese, crispy bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
- The Carve: Beef hot dog, smoked brisket, baked beans, BBQ sauce and creamy cole slaw.
- The Bad Hombre (JVO Pick): Jalapeno cheese hot dog, fresh mango and papaya, chile y limon seasoning, sriracha mayo “Bad Hombre” sauce, crunchy fried corn and cilantro. “It’s a basketful of secrets.”
- Sleeping With the Enemy: Cheesy beef hot dog, roasted green peppers, shredded mozzarella, giardiniera and Italian beef.
- Why did Hoboken initially break up? Todd: “(The reason) was probably me.” Andy: “I think we got worn down.”
- “Cred police” aside, would Hoboken have signed to a label back in the day, had the offer been made?
- The lyrics of “Little Fingers,” and why that song couldn’t get played on the radio in the present day.
- If Hoboken was formed today, you’d find their shirts at Hot Topic.
- “It’s harder to be a sexist racist nowadays.”
- The upcoming vinyl-only release, “Everybody’s Been Burned.” I contributed to the album’s liner notes, and do a reading of the liner notes on the podcast.
- Do you know what it’s like to be pissed on? DO YOU?
- Song selection for the upcoming setlists.
- The “punk rock boycott” of Metro in the 1990s. “There was a lot of misinformation.”
- “Can someone hand me more paper towels? This is a disaster!”
- Todd remembers my long-standing love of the Hoboken song “Monchichi.”
- The “Pickle Juice” story.
- Todd Pot is like a “momma bear.”
- Food trucks are the punk rock of the restaurant business.
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