Bad Attitude

"Philadelphia," Mt. Ephraim-native Ben Vaughn said, addressing his audence upstairs at the World Cafe Live on Friday night.  "When I moved to the West Coast, they told me I had a bad attitude. I told them, 'When I left that town, I was the most positive person there."

Vaughn, who relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 to make his fortune scoring sitcoms like Third Rock From The Sun and That '70s Show (and is pictured in the wavey photo to the left), took his hometown fans on a terrific tour through his droll retro rock catalog on Friday, ripping though such shoulda been hits as "I Dig You Wig," "I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)" and "She's A Real Scream." Along with help mates like accordionist Gus Cordavox and bass player Mike Vogelman, Vaughan's got two more local gigs coming up with week. Wednesday night, he's at the M Room in Fishtown, and Friday it's the Tacony Music Hall in Northeast Philadelphia with the Knife & Fork Band.

Previously: The World Cafe Live Goes South