Rock, Radio, Records
I’ve had the priviledge of starting this year’s series of videos with Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger. Little does he know, that he was the very reason I bought a drum kit. When I was only 13 years old, I got their self-titled album (which went Gold in 1998) for Christmas and had it playing in loop mode on the family holiday flight down to Florida. Needless to say, after hearing “Here in your Bedroom” I fell in love with drums, I started slapping my hands on everything… before I heard that song’s drum intro, I always thought of drummer’s as background people who were expendable. Needless to say that drum intro made that song and I eventually bought a drum kit. “Here in your Bedroom” was one of the first songs that I learned to play.
I’ve seen Goldfinger perform at Wakestock and on this night at the Sound Academy. Wakestock seemed to have been quite a poor experience for the band, but did not seem to affect their love for Canada. John made a point to express their love for Canada by first saying that Canada has been the only country in the world to have given them a Gold Record Award for their self-titled release (their first release at that). Darrin delivered his own monologue on how in love he was so in love with living in Toronto that he’s applying for his Canadian citizenship. Last but not least, offering the crowd an uncensored look at his open rear inviting a die hard fan to eat a twinky out of his ass… yes, I kid you not, a DIE HARD FAN ATE A TWINKY OUT OF HIS ASS! Can’t say that I’m surprised with it after seeing all of Darrin’s YouTube videos and hearing him on radio with Dean Blundell at 102.1 the Edge.
Darrin Pfeiffer has been around the block! Not in the sense that he’s a man-whore, although I’m sure he was in his younger days. He started his career in Los Angeles working at Starbucks, where he met Goldfinger front-man John Feldman. From there, after 10 years of touring, Darrin settled down with his Canadian wife here in Toronto and started working at 102.1 the Edge while producing records for bands on the side like Crush Luther, and also co-booking events like Wakestock.
Check out this video to hear how Darrin’s career developed over 20 years of hard knocks, and how Canada is now his new playground with the help of our government. The video features three of their songs including “Counting the Days” of their 2000 release “Stomping Ground”, “Spokesman” of their 2002 release “Open Your Eyes”, and “Anything” from my personal favorite album of their’s “Goldfinger” released in 1996 where track 3 is that infamous song that made me learn to play drums.
For more information on Goldfinger or to find out where they’ll be next, visit www.goldfingermusic.com