Top of the Morning, July 3, 2014

Top of the Morning, July 3, 2014

They've performed at Soldier Field and the Rose Bowl. But for local band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, playing on July 4th in Champaign is as good a gig as it gets.

"There's no better place in the universe to be," band member Roger Prillaman said.

For years the hors d'oeuvres before the fireworks at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration, Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets will take the stage near Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. It's not far from where it all started.

"Our first gig was at an IMPE pool party in August 1980," Prillaman said. "We go wireless so we can go off stage and into the crowd. Well, our guitar player jumped into the pool. It got us banned, but the crowd loved it."

What will get the crowd going on the Fourth?

We didn't get the playlist from Prillaman, but here are five tunes his gang will be sure to play:

Louie Louie

"It's the national anthem of rock 'n' roll. We are Illinois' No. 1 party band so we have to pay homage to the theme song from 'Animal House.' "

Oh, Pretty Woman

"It's for all the beautiful women we run across wherever we play."

Fun, Fun, Fun

The Beach Boys' hit is "our theme song. We are fun, fun, fun."

Wipe Out

"It's a rousing song with a fair amount of schtick that goes with it. Our drummer (Jeff Evans) not only uses his drums but has a golden portable toilet he drums on as well. Plus, individual members of the band wear hardhats and he drums on those, too."

Good Night Sweetheart (a cappella)

"It's another tribute to the beautiful women and the masses of children in the audience. It's a way that people can switch from their fast dancing to a very nice slow song to finish out the night."

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