July 25, 2002
CLYDE KIM SEEKS FAME OUTSIDE THE VETIVERS AS A MOVIEMAKER
Vetivers bassist Clyde Kim has a new movie available online. Why
Wouldn't You Send It? is out at www.localorigination.com under
the drama category and has been getting rave reviews from all who were
involved in its making! Find out if you agree with them by viewing the
movie and then saying how great it was on the Vetivers Message
June 17, 2002
VETIVERS PREPARING FOR
For the past couple of weeks, the Vetivers have been rehearsing and coming
up with ideas for what they hope will turn into their second CD by the end
of the summer. Ten songs are set to be included so far, with an
additional seventeen under consideration. Not all the words have been
written and not all the songs are complete, but Paul, Ben, and Clyde hope
to top the Lights CD both in length and number of songs.
The Vetivers plan on recording and producing the CD themselves, and hope
to have the basic tracks recorded before Ben and Paul go back to school in
August. Some of the artwork has already been chosen, but the main layout
is still subject to influence from the Vetivers fan(s). If you have
any suggestions for the band, such as songs you'd like to be included
or something about the artwork, please state your opinion on the Vetivers Message
MYSTERY BAND TRIES AND FAILS TO THWART THE VETIVERS
Two days before the Vetivers' fifth anniversary, a mysterious person named
Josh called the Cup and
Saucer and claimed to be the Vetivers' opening act. He said the
Vetivers had to cancel but his band will step up and replace them. That's
right-someone tried to sabatoge the Five Year Anniversary Festival!
Fortunately, the great people at the Cup called Clyde and the plan of this
mysterious Josh character was revealed as nothing more than an evil
scheme. The Vetivers are shocked, especially since one of their biggest
supporters, Josh Peres, shares a first name with this fiend. The FBI and
the Vetiver Intelligence League are investigating the crime and will
release details as they come in.
May 8, 2002
VETIVERS ENTER THE 21st CENTURY
The Vetivers are no longer allowing the long distance between drummer Ben
Champion and the rest of the band stop them from practicing. The band is
now practicing electronically over the internet. Paul is recording new
songs in mp3 format and sending them to Ben, who is inventing the drum
parts from 100 miles away. There are also plans to convert bassist Clyde
Kim into a cyborg, but that will have to wait until the next concert.
The practice mp3s are hidden somewhere on vetivers.com, so if you're
interested in hearing what the band is up to before you find out in person
on May 18, start searching! Your next mouse click could have you
listening to brand new Vetivers material! It's so new that you could even
record it and copyright it before Paul has a chance to and possibly get
away with it!
May 7, 2002
FAN WILL SKIP TOWN TO AVOID CONCERT
Longtime Vetivers fan and former Fan of the Month Josh Peres has decided
to go to spend next weekend in Emporia, KS, to avoid the Vetivers fifth
anniversary concert. He also feels that the web site has nothing new.
Well, Josh, have you read Tales of
The Vetivers or contributed to the Message Board in the
That's right, Josh, there are new things added to this web site all the
time, and it is your fault if you can't find them. I hope you have fun in
Emporia... I can't even type that without laughing! Let's hope that
Josh comes to his senses and leaves a message on the Message Board very
May 2, 2002
VETIVERS TO TAKE THE FIFTH
In mere weeks, Vetivers fan(s) all over the world will mark the return of
International Vetivers Day. May 18 marks the five year anniversary of the
band, and the nine year anniversary of Carnivorous Grass. To everyone's
dismay, there will be no Carnivorous Grass reunion taking place at the
Vetivers concert at The Cup and
Saucer on the big day due to Jim Kelly's arms falling off.
This will be Clyde's sixth concert with the band, yet he remains the most
hated Vetiver ever according to several national polls, which contribute
the great animosity towards him not to his inability to play or even
recognize a bass guitar, but to his "All Vetivers fans are stupid white
jerks" T-shirt he wears every day and his legendary abuse of the band's
On a related note, former Vetivers guitarist Jimmy March will briefly
reunite with the
band, making this the third time in the past five concerts he has
performed with the band he longs to be in once more but can't afford the
dues. Despite the rumors of Jimmy's cameo at the upcoming
reunion concert, attendance is expected to go up for this concert on the
basis of the old Beatle's line, "Can't get much worse."
April 24, 2002
VETIVERS.COM DOWN FOR ALMOST A WEEK
The universe seemed a little more empty for the past six days after the
server that contains all the secret information for this web site crashed.
Vetivers fans worldwide felt alienated, and police everywhere were on high
alert. Now that the site is back up and running, the tension is starting
"I didn't know what to do for the past week," commented Vetivers fan Steve
Powell through a stream of tears. "Sunday afternoon I wanted to find out
the history of the band, but I couldn't because the web site was down. On
Monday I wanted to know what the fifth song was at their September 1
concert at The Pub, and I had to wait until this morning to find out that
it was 'Caldecott and Newberry.' You're not going to mention that I'm
crying like a baby on the web site, are you? Waahhhh!" Well Steve, you
can dry those tears, because the web site is back online!
March 25, 2002
VETIVERS, MICHAEL MOORE EXCHANGE AUTOGRAPHS
Tonight in Kansas City, Paul and Clyde of The Vetivers were part of the
lucky group of people who
got to see legendary filmmaker and author Michael Moore on his book tour.
The pair stuck around pretty late to talk with Moore for a
few seconds and to give him a free copy of their 1999 CD Lights. Michael
Moore was even great enough to ask Paul and Clyde for their autographs in
the CD. This was the second Vetiver/Michael Moore encounter, as several
years ago in Lawrence former
bassist Jim Kelly paid Moore a complement on his film Canadian Bacon.
All the band members have great respect for Michael Moore, and they
appreciate his sense of humor and are inspired by his political views. It
has long been a goal of the band to give something back to the man who has
enriched their lives in so many little ways. Tonight, they may have
accomplished that goal, for Moore said he would listen to the CD on the
plane tomorrow. If so, The Vetivers would be helping him catch up on all
the sleep he's missing on his tour!
March 23, 2002
CLYDE HEADS WEST
Clyde had the honor of meeting one of his heroes today. The Vetivers
bassist, along with pal Tim Bauer (who never comes to see The Vetivers),
rubbed elbows with Adam West at a comic book convention in Overland Park.
Clyde described the former Batman star as "weird" and "strange," but he
managed to get another autograph to add to the Vetivers collection! A
spelling mistake turned into a great pun, as Mr. West ended up signing his
picture to "The Bativers!"
March 13, 2002
NO MORE BEARDS
The Vetivers are officially a beardless band once again, as Paul and Ben
have each gone clean shaven in the past two weeks. There have been many
rumors about Vetivers bassist Clyde Kim and his lack of bearduocity.
Several unofficial Vetivers fan club newsletters have reported Clyde's
unwillingness to let his facial hair grow out as a sign of deeper problems
in the band. The Vetivers would like to officially go on record as saying
that Clyde will express all serious problems the band may have in the
future by tatooing his entire back.
Paul and Ben both miss their beards very much, and would like to take this
opportunity to wish them well, wherever they are.
February 26, 2002
Following the lead of former Vetivers guitarist Jimmy March, Paul Solecki
is going solo this weekend with a performance at Eden Alley on the Plaza
in Kansas City, MO. This solo performance will be Paul's first in several
years, and he will feature several new songs and even more new
arrangements for existing songs for ukulele, accordion, and organ.
Hopefully there will be enough security there to prevent the people who
are eating from getting too riled up and starting a riot due to the
extreme emotions that "rock and roll" brings out in them. We don't want
Paul to get a Bill Haley reputation.
February 23, 2002
VETIVERS RETURN TO LAWRENCE, YET ANOTHER BEARD
The Vetivers played in Lawrence, KS for the first time in 3 1/2 years
tonight with a live set of rock music at a party at the Sunflower House.
The Vetivers took the stage and performed a quick set of their more upbeat
songs before the sparse crowd of friends and assorted weird characters who
were adventurous to see what that racket was coming from the room
This was a historic concert because the majority of the band was sporting
beards! Paul and Ben each looked older and more distinguished, while
Clyde looked as if he had just stepped off the school bus. Don't worry,
Clyde, you'll make it someday! Just keep looking in the mirror and
grunting, and eventually you'll have that lush beard you've been dreaming
of all your life.
February 14, 2002
CLYDE KEEPING SILENT ON UPCOMING MOVIE PROJECT
Vetiver bass guitar player Clyde Aaron Kim is in production of an upcoming
low budget independent film called Silent. The short film, which is
loosely based on the video game Silent Hill, is said to have a running
time of about twenty minutes and will be available on the Internet for
everyone to view. No deals have been made on which Internet site Silent
will be playing on. The project is said to be a horror genre movie
takes place in a mysterious forest. Clyde is triple billed on this film
as director, writer, producer and actor.
"I have nothing better to do with my life, so hell, why not make a film
since reality is just eating my immortal soul away," Clyde commented after
biting into some really greasy fried chicken. He also mentioned on how he
would like to continue producing films after he was finished with Silent.
"I'm working on a film idea called The Undying. I have a basic plot
outlined, but I still need to get off my ass and think of an actual story.
When I finally figure that out (and when I stop playing all those
Playstation games) I'll run it by my co-director/camera man Bryan Ross and
who the hell knows what will happen?"
Actors have been hard to come by for the director so he has enlisted
friends and people he knows to fill his roles. "I still pay them, just
not a lot. The only problem I have with using my friends is that some of
them were resistant at first. Actually all of them were. It took me
forever to get the three people I got for Silent, so who knows what will
happen with The Undying."
But worries of his second film are so far in the back burner as he works
on Silent's release date which is suggested to be around late March.
Clyde informs us that Silent's score is to be composed by Vetiver lead
Paul Solecki, provided if Paul ever gets the tracks recorded. "I have
faith in Paul, I really do, but yeah, if he doesn't follow through there
will be hell to pay." Indeed there shall, Clyde, indeed there shall.
February 2, 2002
PAUL GROWS BEARD
The Vetivers made it official today when they announced the beard of
guitarist Paul Solecki, who has been growing it since the beginning of
December. Paul joins the ranks of Orson Wells, Jonathan Frakes, ZZ Top,
and Santa Claus with his new facial hair. Reports tell
vetivers.com that Paul was hesitant about the beard at first, but now it
has begun to grow on him. No word at press time if Ben Champion or Clyde
Kim will grow one to show band solidarity.
The beard was invented in 537 B.C. by Frederick R. Beard of Tupelo,
Mississippi (future home of Elvis Presley, who never grew a beard!).
Other historic figures that have sported beards include Bluto, Abraham
Lincoln, and all
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