New Jersey Stage - September 2014 - Page 66

Brent Bourgeois: Rip Van Winkle Awakes By Gary Wien In the 1980s, a band called Bourgeois Tagg created one of the catchiest songs of the decade, a Beatlesque tune called “I Don’t Mind At All.” SHARE BUTTON New Jersey Stage As the song charted around the world, troubles with drugs and alcohol began for Brent Bourgeois, who grew up in Morristown, NJ. Ironically, it wasn’t the alcohol and drug use that threatened the future of the band, it was Brent’s recovery. After sobering up and becoming a Christian, his lyrics became more and more religious in nature, something that rattled his bandmates. “For about a year I was showing up at church with a hangover, September 2014 pg 66