"And we'll laugh and point," interrupts Dregni.

Perkins posits that becoming a rock star--a process the Düsters satirize to the point of obsession--is something that requires real soul-baring. "You have to reveal your innermost emotions to people and take yourself seriously," he explains. "It's much easier to make fun of people with that ability." Say, by taking Semisonic's "Singing in My Sleep" and combining it with both Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and "Freebird."

Despite Novelty Music, a new issue of the fanzine, and an upcoming documentary about the band (being prepped by an Italian filmmaker named Giovanni Erba), the would-never-be stars in Vinnie and the Stardüsters seem happy to crack themselves up in anonymity. "I don't remember who said it," says Perkins, "but it was true: Nobody loves Vinnie and the Stardüsters more than Vinnie and the Stardüsters. Even if no one comes to the show, at our rehearsals we laugh until we can't breathe."

Raw talent: Vinnie and the Stardüsters' John Perkins, Nick Hook, and Eric Dregni
Raw talent: Vinnie and the Stardüsters' John Perkins, Nick Hook, and Eric Dregni

Vinnie and the Stardüsters perform an all-ages "Farewell Show" tonight at Bryant-Lake Bowl; 825-3737. They perform a "Reunion Show" with Lily Liver Friday at Lee's Liquor Lounge; 338-9491.

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