Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fugazi - Live 1988

Just a quick shout. Been busy, but dont want to let this idle for too long.

This is overall a mediocre set, in regards to sound quality that is. If anyone remembers, I dont like live recordings, unless of course they are taken from the soundboard or someone has the means to record it with decent sound; though this is usually not the case.

The two things that make this most noteworthy and worth a few moments of your time are the set list, which due to the time period (pre-Repeater, and pre-Guy playing guitar) is mostly material from 13 songs, and the inclusion of the song In Defense of Humans which still remains a favorite of mine. Like every Fugazi set, there is a point where the show is stopped and an appropriate lecture is handed out to those unruly enough to deserve it. Also, Ian comes off as younger and more brash, which for anyone who followed Fugazi through the 90's is funny considering he seems like such an even tempered guy.

I got into Fugazi right in between Steady Diet and In On the Kill Taker, and from that standpoint it seems weird that they chose to end their set with Provisional. While I do like that song, it never seemed like a show closer, though I suppose at the time they felt strongly about it as it appears again on Repeater.

Of even minor noteworthiness; the show happened on my birthday. I would be 11 when this show happened and was probably home listening to a lot of Motley Crue and Skid Row. Or Led Zeppelin. They were my mainstays prior to getting into Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Lastly, I designed the cover to look like a 2 color screen of white and silver on black. I was semi happy with this, so I am happy to share that with you as well. Though looking at it now (I made this cover a few years ago) I suppose I intended to put another colon betwixt 'Fugazi' and 'Live At Canterbury', but you dont give a shit about that, right?

I thought not.

Maybe more later today. I have something already started, If I can just find time to finish scanning and wrap up the bit I wrote. Ah, well, we shall see...


Blogger blend77 said...

nobody like this one? or does everyone already have it?

its really not the best... i just wanted to make a post so people know the page is still active..

2:06 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

So this is what the page has come to?
All the new promised changes?
Fugazi live from '89?

Sorry, just pulling your leg. But in all honesty it's not something that I immediately jump on to check it out, wondering how this amazing new band may sound like. Having that said I have been listening to a lot of Fugazi recently and a couple of live shows, too. If you don't know it already the Internet archives host a bunch of great live recordings:

So I might eventually dl this, too, and give it the appropriate listen when I have time. And of course I'll think of you as an 11-year old with a mullet listening to Led Zeppelin...

2:34 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

I was going to wait until I'd listened to this before commenting, and I haven't got around to that yet either. but yeah, 20-year old Fugazi isn't necessarily going to spark a whole lot of debate :)

any chance of you getting a Best of '08, y'know, in '08 this time? Grails? ...Who Calls So Loud? ...Vampire Weekend??

4:03 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...


yes gabba, i will do that. i already have some things on my list. Grails and WCSL included. though this year i am not ordering it in any specific way and i am not formatting it for just LPs... so EPs and 7"s may fall into the mix.

no Vampire Weekend though.

when is the appropriate time to do a list? should i wait for pitchforks cue?

lucifer, i wish i had a mullet back then. chances are i looked dumber as it were, but those were the days.

i know i have promised changes, but as everyone knows it is hard to keep up with things. work got much busier since the summer. maybe i'll toss something up tonite. so tired though.

also, i got this fugazi set from the Archive site a few years back. the live show from 1995 is the best i have heard though.. from Irving Plaza.. it starts with Turnover and sounds really great.

5:18 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Yes, the Irving Plaza shows are great. Those are the ones that I am mostly listening to, too. After those I never bothered exploring all the others that are listed there.. Well actually I listened to some of the songs from the most downloaded gig (at the neighborhood house) just because I thought it had to be good if everyone else was downloading it, but they could not hold a candle to the Irving Plaza stuff.

5:25 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

I say beat Pitchfork to it... show them how self-absorbed, out of touch and irrelevant they are!

I have a provisional top dozen already, out of my longlist, and I don't see any reason to wait much longe.

5:32 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i suppose i will wait til the middle of the month. that will suffice.

6:05 PM  
Blogger www.wilkos said...

QUOTE_ The two things that make this most noteworthy and worth a few moments of your time are the set list, which due to the time period (pre-Repeater, and pre-Guy playing guitar) is mostly material from 13 songs, and the inclusion of the song In Defense of Humans which still remains a favorite of mine.

not to sound too anal but... 13 songs is NOT an album BUT a compilation of FUGAZI's first two ep's (self titled released in '88 and margin walker a year later) so TECHNICALLY, this show occured between those eps...

that being said i'll check if i haven't got it yet and if i'm not i'll grab it for sure. and thaks for sharing this (+the artwork you made looks great...)


7:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i am aware of that fact, though in my mind i have always placed 13 songs as their first album since that was my first fugazi purchase. nonetheless, i am also not a stickler for too many details either, but thanks for clearing that up for anyone interested.

and for the record, you should seek out the 1995 Irving Plaza recording as it is much clearer and an overall more enthusiastic show. though i think it has been circulated quite a bit, so i am sure you have it at this point.

7:43 PM  
Blogger www.wilkos said...

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8:27 PM  
Blogger www.wilkos said...

sine i found the response to my question, i deleted the above post...
but anyway, happy 31st (+3day) birthday!!!

8:41 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey, what was the question, by the way? and are you wishing me a happy birthday? my birthday isnt until Feb...

10:00 PM  
Blogger www.wilkos said...

well, since i'm an old-continenter (as in europe) i've been taught to express one's date in dd/mm/yy, so my question was about this issue (is the concert a second of december or a twelveth of february... etc.) BUT in the meantime i found my answer (here:
from here, i assumed that when you said "Of even minor noteworthiness; the show happened on my birthday. I would be 11 when this show happened" you meant, hey, i am born on the 02nd devember of 1977!!!
obviously, you're born february 12th 1977 and sorry, but this show probably did not took place during your birthday...
guess you're both a bit dumber now...

11:17 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

never much cared for live records. nick cave or tom waits maybe haha, but fugazi? ehh. i love me some fugazi, but it wouldnt be the 1st (or 100th) live recording i'd reach for. maybe right above mr bungle...haha. yeah thats right, a mr bungle reference. i always found they were a more interesting band visually. their live shows were incredible most of the time, but to me they were incredible because of the spectacle. but that's just me, the guy with the opinions..ha. never satisfied. the last cool fugazi thing i got were the steve albini sessions for in on the killtaker. those were actually interesting.

11:42 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

well thanks for pointing out that im dumb wilkos. i need to be cut down once in a while lest i think i know it all.

whatsup Phil! your opinions are not only welcome, they are encouraged. your company is enjoyed in these parts. that albini session was indeed pretty interesting, and this particular fugazi show is not really worth it for any more than a passing glimpse. you are correct on both counts. it acts as more of a place holder.

2:58 AM  
Blogger detectiefvanzwam said...

I have to agree on the Irving plaza show, I have played that one a lot, I like the atmosphere on that recording, saw them also in Europe the same period I think. One of those performances that you keep on remembering the tiny details from the moment I left te house, the place I parked my car, the entering of te venue and so on.
I still remember byuying those LP's from fugazi, the thrill of holding it in my hands, the promise that it brought of owning something that was different and that this might open up a new world for me at that time. Kind of funny that those things mattered a lot more to me back then than they do now. Still bringing back great memories.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've had this recording for some time but it was good to find it posted here. i'm a regular visitor & really enjoy your blog. i was in playground, who played this show, as mentioned by guy. this recording was mostly likely done by andy p, guitarist in playground & the man behind the long running fear & loathing fanzine. it was our second gig with fugazi that week. the first, in london, was much better for both bands. we didn't have missiles thrown in our direction & fugazi played a much better set. good times. many thanks, p.

8:37 PM  
Blogger toxik boys said...

one of my favorites bands
thx bro!

1:39 PM  

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