Big Black Live At Touch & Go’s 25th Anniversary

Big Black Live At Touch & Go’s 25th Anniversary

On all our posts about the T&G blowout over the weekend, you guys — not surprisingly — were most curious about legendary punkers Big Black. This is what some of you said:

Fucking Big Black! Oh how I wish I could have been there for that. All you young’uns better recognize.
Posted by: seiche at September 10, 2006 7:46 PM

Just to let you know, my friend was there, and he said that Big Black played for only 15 minutes and it was pure shit … they didn’t even look like they were really interested in playing at all. So you really didn’t miss much really …
Posted by: dead_red_eyes at September 10, 2006 8:51 PM

Big Black setlist: Cables / Dead Billy / Pigeon Kill / Racer-X. There were some sound problems early on, which didn’t get fixed until they were half done.
Posted by: Greg at September 10, 2006 11:36 PM

On that note, what happened to awesome bands like Big Black and Scratch Acid? Every fucking half-assed band right now just rips off the same two indie-pop records from less than two years ago.
Posted by: Paul H. at September 11, 2006 12:12 AM

Big Black didn’t really get a chance to rehearse for the show. They decided to do a few songs because they love Touch and Go. To those who would complain about one thing or another… it’s fucking Big Black, it doesn’t matter if they played well or poorly, they played, and that’s history right there.
Posted by: keith at September 11, 2006 2:52 AM

The Big Black set was the higlight of the night for me. It finally gave all the people who bought earplugs a chance to put its quality to the test. Just because they weren’t “into it” (which I have to disagree with) doesn’t mean they didn’t play amazingly.
Posted by: bobtpooner at September 11, 2006 3:36 AM

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, we say … show some respect! They’re totally into it. “When history talks about rock music it has a tendency to skip from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana. Something started in the 1980’s and you’re seeing the evidence of it all around you,” Albini said onstage before calling Touch & Go “the most important thing to happen in music in my lifetime” and launching into “Racer X”:

More of BB’s performance at

We’re told Man or Astro-Man killed too. Watch other performances from the Hideout Black Party here.

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