Five Reasons Andrew W.K. Makes the World a Better Place
This Saturday, Andrew W.K. is going to be handling vocal duties for Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at Irving Plaza. Now, we know a lot of people can't figure this guy out. Is he a motivational speaker? Musician? TV presenter? Maybe he should just pick one profession and stick to it. Then again, maybe he should just keep doing what he's been doing: rolling through life in an entirely haphazard manner, guided only by an overwhelming sense of positivity and a borderline-insane level of enthusiasm. Here are five reasons the world is a better place with Andrew W.K. in it.
1. Dude Says Yes to Absolutely Everything
Back in early 2003, we knew Andrew W.K. only as the head-banging, bloody-nosed, hard-partying hesher with an aversion to doing laundry. That was until MTV had the bright idea of sending Andrew to stay in a dorm at North Carolina Central University with a group of young, African American ladies. Having said "Yes" to the original (totally surreal) premise, W.K. then went about saying "Yes" to absolutely everything thrown his way, from getting cornrows and dancing to gospel music at slumber parties, to playing drums with a marching band at a football game and--gasp!--actually washing. The culture clash was glorious on a number of levels, but the thing that truly made Crashing With Andrew W.K memorable was the fact that he approached everything with such complete openness and joy, it literally gave us hope for humanity.
2. If You Need Him in a Pinch, He'll Probably Be There
At the end of 2008, a 24-year-old singer named Dominic Owen Mallory died from a blood clot shortly after playing a show with his band in Boston. Remembering the young man's desire to have Andrew W.K. play at his funeral, Mallory's friends wrote to AWK's management. "This is important to us, as it was important to the greatest, most inspiring friend we've ever had, and we will follow this request through as hard as we possibly can, because when it's time to party, we will always party hard," they wrote. Andrew immediately cleared his schedule, traveled to Massachusetts and, mindful of avoiding
"anything that we feel could possibly be inappropriate," played classical piano throughout the memorial. Now that, everybody, is how to be a Good Guy.