"Athens, Georgia rock quartet Five Eight are sharing their video for B-side track “The Only One,” which was originally recorded in 1993 for their sophomore album, Weirdo and finally released on the 2015 remixed/remastered version of the album, via Chicken Ranch Records.
”’The Only One’ is my goodbye to the love of my life: alcohol,” said vocalist/guitarist Mike Mantione. “And it is the only song that was ever directly responsible for us getting arrested. Well, almost arrested. A long time ago, in Baton Rouge, at a club called the Bayou, we played ‘The Only One’ to a large crowd of very crazy rabid fans. The club owner turned off the PA, because he was very angry at the band. And the band was angry at the club owner, because he didn’t know how to run sound in a rock club. He did know how to drink hard, however. But ‘The Only One’ was a very good song to perform loudly without a PA system, because the band could stop playing every time I sang, thereby allowing the audience to hear the vocals even though the club owner had turned off the PA. On the other hand, the audience started slam dancing and stealing pieces of the PA, which got blamed on the band. And so on and so on…”
Mantione continued, “Months later, the band was back in Baton Rouge again, now at the Varsity Club. But the events of the seemingly fun and rowdy Bayou gig eventually led to more than five police officers and a paddy wagon showing up at the Varsity. These police officers were carrying paperwork that allowed them to seize all our gear. This led to a standoff, some threats and a very nearly-arrested Mike Mantione. Of course, police being police and indie rock bands being indie rock bands, there can be ‘only one’. Real ending to the story: we lose! A deal is struck, money exchanges hands, the band plays on, less the cash we handed over to the good cops of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Someone eventually shot that club owner, by the way.”
Edited & directed by Marc Pilvinsky. Director of Photography: Philip Wages.