Weed crazy: Celebrating 420 with Begit N Frenz


I think I missed 4/20 this year (I’m writing this in 2022). That happens after one has quit the marijuana—because one has smoked all the marijuana.

Hello, my name is Sean, and I’m weed crazy.

I remember very little about the lead photo except I think we went to the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) pot legalization march in downtown Cleveland. Perhaps on Public Square? I put my idol—the queer drug-loving writer William S. Burroughs—on the sign. “Mind your own business.” Burroughs’ quote always cut to the heart of this issue for me.

Why was sweet Jay Karpinski of Cleveland Post-Rock band The Six Parts Seven hanging with a bunch of reprobates like me, Melita Katanovic and Beckett Warren on this morning? I have no idea but it’s lovely to see his face in these old photos from 2002.

“Weed Crazy” b/w “Losing At The Drug Game” was, of course, the Begit N Frenz 7″ single we recorded at The Invisible City, out front of which someone (Ian Colbert?) snapped this photo (you can see the CLE skyline and the Society Bank / Key Tower in the background). Or perhaps Sarah Wido took this photo. I’m almost certain Sarah processed the drugstore disposable camera pix for me (thank you, Sarah).

Did we make it to the parade? Are the photos of Beckett and and Joe Bernard performing as Begit N Frenz from the same day/evening? Will Dorny ever come home!?

Beckett says: “We got stoned and watched [Alejandro Jodorowsky’s] Holy Mountain and were late, but accidentally ended up right at the front of the Weed March.” Oh yeah, that’s right!

Perhaps you can help me with more details? Love + miss you all.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Begit N Frenz (L-R): Joe Bernard & Beckett Warren. All photos: Sean Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Beckett encourages crowd participation: Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

I love the random-ass rubble on the stage. It’s like Beckett brought SIT clutter with him. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Losing at the drug game. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

I have no idea what Beckett is doing here. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Joe Bernard pumps out the beats. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Shaun Filley, Melita Katanovic, Christa Ebert aka the Uno Lady & Erin Kray watch Beckett make magic onstage at the Grog Shop. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

9 Shocks Terror tour t-shirt! A hot commodity in 2002. I had a similar one. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Erin Kray, Danny Noonan, Christa Ebert & John Bernard watch Beckett & Joe jam at the Grog. Photo: Carnage.

Beckett Warren Begit N Frenz Joe Bernard Grog Shop Coventry 420 Cleveland Ohio 2002

Begit N Frenz, getting the final word in. Photo: Carnage.

Enjoy these other blasts from the past:

Beckett & Finky Binks’ hot collab, Whales, open for The Moldy Peaches & The Cassettes at Beachland Ballroom

“Speak In Tongues on the Eastside”: Oblongata, Razak Solar System & Beckett take the Grog Shop

Weird times at the old Grog Shop: A Festival of Seans, one Black Key & Har Mar Superstar

Y2K—okay!? Dr. Zombie MD at Speak In Tongues with Zeek Sheck, Begit N Frenz, more

More 420:

Kyle Mabson blazes with new 31-band Sublime compilation

The best/craziest night ever? 420 in photos

420 photos: Bitches, Captain Ahab, I.E., Kid Rock II & the Barrio Ninjas, more

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