Rockin’ Good News

1:30 PM -- Red Panda is chalking this one up to “it’s a small frickin’ world.”

Turns out Ron Longo, SVP of worldwide sales at troubled optical network startup Mahi Networks is none other than Ron Longo, front dude for Ron Longo and the Ocean.

And while Mahi may be going through some tough old times at the moment, Rongo's alter-ID ensures that he has nothing (nothing!) to worry about, at least according to alt rocker Website Garageband.com.

Garageband.com, who’s remit is allegedly “discovering the best in independent music,” but not, apparently, the best in syntax, gives Rongo the following two-handed groping of a review:

    Rocking with soulfully potent lead vocals, bluesy lead guitar through a burning Twin Reverb, and layers of melodic background vocals. Lyric, groove, and soul are the essence of the songs... add in the howling swirl of an old Hammond B3 with a stomping backbeat and you got Ron Longo and the Ocean.
You dig?

Through an astonishing Kevin Baconish twist of coinkydink, Ron Longo’s nickname around the Light Reading office has long been “Oingo Boingo,” after the faux-tough-saddo-popular-beat combo of the same name.

The circle, my friends, is complete.

Photos of Ron butching up on his hog, plus a taste (a soulfully potent taste) of Ron’s music can be scoped out here.

— Red “You Got” Panda, liddle furry muzak critic, Light Reading

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:05:30 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News I've taken guitar lessons on and off over the years. It still sounds like I'm strumming a picnic table when I play.

By the way, does anyone else have some interesting second careers or moonlighting gigs we should know about?
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:05:29 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News Yes, Phil, agreed.... but let's not hear about airplane pilots, race-car drivers, Yachtsmen, Feng Shui experts and other Silicon Valley cliches.

Peter Heywood is a wood sculptor and orienteering expert. Now that is interesting!!

(Disclosure: Peter is my boss)
douggreen 12/5/2012 | 3:05:21 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News Hey, Phil,

What kind of picnic table... I mean guitar, do you play? I've got a 1976 Martin D-35 (my dad paid for half as a high school graduation present) and a PRS CE-24 electric. I started playing electric 3 years ago when my son picked up drums so we could play together.

My other interesting hobbies: Skeet and sporting clay shooting.
desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 3:05:21 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News A friend of mine thought he heard someone mention that they had a relative that played the accordion. Does that count?

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:05:16 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News I started on an early 90s model Ibanez acoustic, which I loved, but sold to pay for guitar lessons.

So the first guitar lesson was rather awkward...

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:05:15 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News I got a Gibson
Without a case
But I can't get that even-tanned look on my face.
Ill-fitting clothes
And I blend in the crowd
Fingers so clumsy,
Voice too loud.
And I will be,
You'll all see, I'm the one.
I'm the one
I'm the one

douggreen 12/5/2012 | 3:05:14 AM
re: Rockin’ Good News Scott,

That's really deep, man, but my guess is that Phils motivation for taking up guitar was totally different. Something about "Money for nothin' and your chicks for free."
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