Dude Reconstruction, a Shreveport-based Lady Antebellum opposite band, is having a difficult time finding its footing in the entertainment business. Based on recurring Saturday Night Live gimmick Jon Bovi (link), Dude R takes Lady A songs and flips the lyrics on their head. Audiences thus far have been bemused, to put it mildly.
“I don’t know what the hell they’re singing about. Space is spinning slower and crap like that. I recognize the tune, but man… Is that girl on drugs?” wondered Alexandria bar patron Jeff Daneau as he took in a Dude Reconstruction show in between shots of Old Crow. He was referring to rail-thin, blonde lead singer Scillary Hott, as she belted out the chorus of “You Walk to Me,” the band’s take on smash hit “I Run to You.”
The short, clean-shaven Karl Chelley took over lead vocals for the next song, “Hate Does Die Here Everyday,” which was a little better received. “At least that one makes a little sense, I guess,” said trucker Luke Forest as he smashed out a Marlboro Red, “but I don’t think I’m their target audience… if they have one.”
The two main singers next traded verses on “Not Looking for a Bad Time.” Resident bar-skank Lindsey Calonne let out a “Whooo!” and stood up to sing along, oblivious to the fact that she was singing the lyrics to the non-opposite hit song “Looking for a Good Time.” By the end of the tune, Lindsey had departed to the parking lot with Luke Forest. Much of the rest of the crowd began to disperse at that point as well.
Bar owner Mel Holden, rethinking the band’s two-night engagement, remarked: “This is stupid.”
Dude Reconstruction is available for weddings, frat parties and bar mitzvahs at (318) 555-6952. Ask for Hay.