Archive for July, 2013
I saw the Melvins tonight, and they were awesome! I think there was a minimum height requirement of at least 6′ to get in, though. Everyone there was so freaking TALL! I was standing behind this one guy who was like 9 feet tall with really long fluffy hair, who kept tossing it like a teenage girl. I inhaled his hair a few times by accident, but it was so long, I doubt he felt anything. It made me sneeze.
What I mostly saw the back of the dude in front of me’s shirt that said “Martha’s Vineyard Co-ed Naked Lacrosse Team” on it. Wow, I had no idea they still made those Co-ed Naked ____ shirts! Blast from the past! Are they ironic now?
And speaking of hair, I totally want hair like Buzz Osborne’s:
I always wanted hair like Scary Spice or Sideshow Bob. Having Asian hair, though, this would prove impossible, no matter how many bad perms I ever got.
Truthfully, I never really listened to the Melvins back in the Day. I went to this show because Doug was really into them, and I listened to an album today and I really liked it. Back In The Day I lived in the middle of nowhere, and I’ll blame my lack of having ever heard them on that. I was way into Black Flag and lesser punkish bands like Agent Orange and Anti-Flag in high school; I probably would have totally dug the Melvins! I only knew about the above mentioned bands because of one radio show one DJ had on a college station in my town. Basically, I ended up liking everything he liked because it was all I heard! I really liked this one song by a band called Complicated Bone Marrow Transplant, which I don’t think ever actually existed because I can’t find any trace of it anywhere. Maybe I dreamed it. It’s on a mix tape I made somewhere. Anyway, the Melvins filled that little hole in my heart that can only be filled by loud, primal music. The show was awesome! You could feel the air– I guess it was that loud. The air was vibrating; it was pretty cool. They had two drummers! And not in a hippie way! Awesome!
I got to see Big Country this week!!! If you’ve ever met me for longer than 47 seconds, you probably know that Big Country is my all time favorite band. I’ve been listening to them since I was about 10. In their heyday, I lived in the middle of nowhere, and they never played any concerts near me. The year after I moved to Boston, their lead singer, Stuart Adamson, committed suicide. I thought my chances of ever seeing Big Country live were dashed.
However, they reformed a couple of years ago, with Mike Peters from the Alarm as their singer. I was a little dubious at first; I mean how could they still be a band without Stuart Adamson? Then Tony Butler, the bassist retired. He was one of my musical idols too. What? How could this be?
But, I have been waiting to see Big Country for now around 30 years, so I went to the show. It was awesome!!! Bruce Watson and his son Jamie nailed the guitar parts! Derek Forbes, who played bass with Simple Minds was really good too. Mark Brzezicki is a god on drums, and he was amazing as ever. Mike Peters isn’t my favorite singer on earth, but what he lacked in Stuart Adamson-ness, he made up for with enthusiasm and sincerity. All in all, I was a grinning ball of drooling fangirl stupidity! I brought a copy of the 7″ of “Fields of Fire” I had for people to sign. I always feel creepy and stalkerish asking people to sign things (I’ve done it like 3 other times in my life), but now I have a signed cover. I am psyched!
They played most of the songs on “The Crossing,” plus the song “Look Away,” and “Wonderland” as well as some songs from their new album. Mike Peters injected some local flavor into the songs by occasionally mentioning Boston or Massachusetts at opportune moments. One of the funniest moments was during “Wonderland,” when he said “This is Wonderland, BOSTON!” He probably didn’t realize that Wonderland is the last stop on the Blue Line, and also a now-abandoned dog racing track. Rock on!