Bowie included an extended Tweezer jam. This show included the first known version of the original Rift. Reba was preceded by teases of the theme from Jeopardy! and contained a Brady Bunch theme tease from Trey. McGrupp and Fluffhead contained Popeye theme teases from Trey. Foxy Lady was teased and quoted before Lizards. Fluffhead was dedicated to Paul Languedoc's head (specifically his new haircut) and was introduced as "Lunkhead."
I can’t believe this show doesn’t already have a review; I would be honored to do it, so here goes…
It’s only two months into the New Year and the boys already have about 30 shows in! This is the fourth show in as many days, packing the last weekend of February 1990 full, and also the last show ever at the 8 x 10 club. It’s well recorded for the time period, though the cuts of cassette generations and even some digital noise from a DAT color the mix throughout the show.
Right out of the gate the sound check portion of the recording is great to hear, and gives you a chance to listen to Paul getting things dialed in during an Allman Brothers tune and also just how good these guys are at playing jazz standards. Fish is incredible on the drums, but we all know that!
First set stays in that intricate jazzy mode with a good Foam opener. Trey makes note that Fish wrote MS1, and it’s pretty good tonight. Then we dip into the Gamehenge material with my favorite Col. Forbin’s > Mockingbird combo, again pretty well played. Funky Bitch was fine, and then into more of the new album with Coil and Bouncing, they get tighter each time they play them. Then we get treated to a sneak peak of the new Tweezer groove in Bowie’s intro! Bowie itself was ok, not great to my ears. Satin Doll was kind of a mini bust out that night being the first one of 1990. Then another treat as Trey thanks the audience and introduces the new Rift. It was very awkward to hear because I’m so used to hearing the version we all know now. An average Possum closes the set. They really went out on a limb tonight with the new songs.
Second set continues the crazy set list tonight with the new Reba, which still has some parts to smooth out. Then Trey dedicates the next song to the crew and they pick McGrupp. It was pretty well played considering they haven’t done it in almost three months. The band then responds with another funny bust out for the New Year with Makisupa, complete with a long ridiculous ending. Back into Gamehenge we go with a pretty solid Lizards. Maybe a few sloppy parts here and there, but nothing to seriously going wrong. Same thing with Fluff, not the tightest I’ve ever heard, but really good energy behind it. BBFCFM is hilarious as always, and it’s hard to say if one is better than another, but definitely worth the listen!
Crazy show tonight! I recommend listening to this one if you haven’t heard much 1990. It has a little of everything in it. Junta songs, Lawnboy songs. Gamehenge songs, covers, bust outs, shout outs, and a creature from Mars, and that can’t be all bad for a Sunday night show.
I gave it four stars to bump the average up a bit and because of the new Rift and Tweezer jam bust outs.
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