The Maple Leaf was its usual outrageous tinderbox for this pairing of shows. What, is this the third year in a row now they've done a Leaf stand pre-Christmas? The Christmas tunes were well-received by me, someone who doesn't particularly care for Christmas tunes. The music was enhanced by the freaks in various forms of Santa gear shaking it by the soundboard, lit up in a warm red light. One of the New Orleans Football Saints' popes, a man who achieved national acclaim when his trio appeared on Fox television during the Saints affair against the Redskins, he was there. We thought the band was playing "I Got Loaded," but damn if it wasn't "Good Things." The guitar player from Down was hanging in the crowd all night long. It took the band two attempts to finish "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." There were definitely gremlins hanging out in the amps and cords and the speakers all night long. The "Hot Dog Song' that followed cleansed my ears from any painful high end distortion previously inflicted by the speaker gremlins. My friend M. smuggled in half a bottle of red and we swigged from it for about ten minutes and I think it really helped me when I tried to hit on that chick later. I'm sure it also contributed to clarity of thought when I got so excited when they started playing "Take Me to the River" that I told anyone within earshot that "this band plays CCR better than CCR does." Haha, and I'm a Talking Heads fan. I was confused. Dallas beat the Saints and did them a favor, and the Rads did me a favor too, by cranking up some hot rock n roll that got people to stop talking about the damn game.
Oh yeah, the night before. I really, really enjoyed 19th Nervous Breakdown. I really, really enjoyed it. As they say in Broadmoor, it got me riled up. I'm still humming the the chorus to "Shake the Devil Out of Your Head." "Looped (High as a Georgia Pine)" is such a bad ass song and I think that's the first time I've heard the Rads do it live, so that was nice. The "Who Dat" jam leading into the encore, which was a full-on jam of at least 90 seconds, with vocals and complete instrumentation, had me laughing my ass off. During setbreak I caught up with a cute young lady I hadn't seen in six weeks or so, and we held our summit on the new benches out in front of the Leaf. Yes, I am here to say, the city government of New Orleans was able to manage and successfully implement a civic improvement project. The repaved and refurbished Oak Street is A-OK. The benches they have distributed throughout the block are great and facilitated many a grand conversation on Friday and Saturday night.
We've got the Rads comin up to a small club just outside Philly for a 3 night NYE run. It' s kind of a regular thing, them coming to this club, and it is our little Maple Leaf, but wilder!
Wilder than the Maple Leaf, eh? Wow. Then y'all are gonna have some fun!
"Take Me To The River" is an Al Green song not the Talking Heads.
Here We Go!
re Take Me to the River, it was a joke about calling songs and me being so loaded I was telling people it was CCR then labeling it Talking Heads (wrong again! kind of, haha). You Pennsylvania cats have a ball this weekend~