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Couldn’t find a logical place to mention this in the piece, but I saw them live three times in 2003: Cleveland, Wisconsin and Toronto, the last of which was postponed initially due to the Northeast blackout, which in turn necessitated all manner of logistical maneuvers to obtain the reissued tickets from the original eBay seller. Anyway, when we finally made it Toronto in October for the show at Skydome, my main memory of the show is Thom stopping the band in the middle of “Myxomatosis” because a guy up front had passed out. They pulled him up on stage and got him some medical attention. Then Thom’s like, “OK, third verse,” and they cut back into the song like nothing happened. One of the more badass Thom Yorke moments I can recall.
Also, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin has the steepest lawn I’ve ever seen in an outdoor amphitheater. I was legitimately concerned about an avalanche. Probably the best set I ever saw them play, though.
He played on Sunday, and we did not forget him.
Try refreshing. I think it’s fixed now.
Those two could definitely do it. There are still plenty of acts that have headlined one or two of the major festivals but not all of them — Metallica and Eminem come to mind. Of course, depending on the clout, repeating what somebody else has booked could feel like a retread or a coup. So there’s another reason for the festivals to endorse a new generation of headliners OR expand their genre range.
Thanks! Hard to think of a better or nicer compliment than that.
Good to know. I’m going to keep singing “Fallin’, fallin’, fallin.’”
That’s a good point about them maybe hoping for Stones/Daft Punk and ending up with Phoenix as their safety pick. I meant to reference that idea in here but forgot to, so I’m glad you brought it up. Now that you mention it, I also tend to think Sigur Ros and New Order both seem more like headliner caliber bands than Phoenix, but again, perhaps this is just Coachella trying to plan for the future by anointing a new generation of headliners now.
The “indie kids” aren’t really who I was thinking about when I described The Union’s core clientele. I’m generalizing severely here, but the people I’m thinking of are more punk rock/garage rock fans who tend to think of indie rock as too precious or pretentious for their taste. The lineup to this year’s Blackoutfest (linked above) sums up the sensibility pretty well. BTW the whole semester thing still weirds me out. How was the adjustment to no more massive Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s break?
A Miami University grad, I take it?
Guess what I’m saying is you’re projecting this “hipster logic” of “older, more obscure bands are better than popular bands” onto sentences that are only intended to provide context.
Not comment baiting. I just couldn’t in good conscience rave about Elephant like it’s a classic record (or the best White Stripes record, anyway) when I’ve never felt that way about it. It seems like a slightly neutered, less inspired version of White Blood Cells, an album with better songs and more fiery dynamics. Give me Cells, Icky Thump or De Stijl any day of the week. I do think “Seven Nation Army” is absolute brilliance, though, and my enthusiasm for it came through in the piece. And I appreciate your well-argued alternate take.
Where in the article does it say Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was better than the Stripes? Or cooler? I just said the blues-punk sound had been around, but the Stripes did it in a way that captured people’s imaginations. I will concede, though, that I could have said more about Jack’s songwriting prowess; they might have become a media sensation without great songs, but they never would have endured like they have.
Thanks for posting that!
That’s a good point. Should have mentioned that.
That one was actually on my first draft before I revised this to account for Comedown Machine.
You guys know the author of this post is a musician too, right?
Nah, it’s not just him. Other people have had the same thought.
I tipped, and the tips are reflected in my expenditures.
I agree, “risk” is a great word for this discussion and an angle that wasn’t approached directly here, but certainly relates.
I think that’s a fair complaint. I also didn’t mention The King of Limbs, and although my description of Thom’s SNL flailing was on-point, I could have spent a few more sentences considering Thom’s, um, significant contributions to the world of dance.
I’m fully aware Thom wrote the bassline and played it in the studio, but Colin handled bass duties on SNL as he is wont to do. Watch the video; even the shitty skippy version we linked to (only one I could find online) is well worth your time!
Oh man… That was before I was swept up in Radiohead hysteria, but I do remember seeing some clips from this performance years later and being blown away. I can totally see that being monumental for someone who fell in love with the band during the OKC era.
I just don’t like that there’s no pause function. (If there IS a pause button somewhere in there, please point it out to me and you win today.)
I love that stretch, but the opening trio and the “Weird Fishes” > “All I Need” > “Faust Arp” rise and fall are just as marvelous. You’re making me think I might be an In Rainbows over Bends guy after all.
Exactly, Jim. Never understood why people overlooked that song when In Rainbows came out; it’s every bit as masterful as “Reckoner” or “Weird Fishes” in my book.