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Fairly Odd Mother

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

My Life in Bands

The recent musical meme, along with my trip to see Elton John have made me a bit nostalgic for the days when I used to see bands perform live quite often. A normal person may think back over their life and muse, "I've seen so many concerts, there is no way I could remember them all".

Alas, I am no normal person.

Somewhere along the line, I started to keep a journal of every band I saw. These pages, like in any journal, contain things that make me laugh and things that make me shake my head in shame, as in, "how could you?". I am a sucker for 'free' tickets and will go to just about any show as long as I can find alcohol when things get tough. There are also bands whose shows I totally do not remember.

So, here goes. The complete(ish) list of the bands I have seen perform live in my lifetime (not chronological; I'm not THAT organized). And commentary when it is warranted (and don't be alarmed if there are a ton of bands you have never heard of on this list; there are many Boston/Providence bands because that's where I've spent most of my time):

small factory (sigh, RIP)
Amazing Royal Crowns (double sigh, RIP)
Dambuilders (oh crap, do any bands stay together?)
Scarce (shoot me now; am I a curse that causes bands to implode?)
The Wolfgang Press (surprise! gone!)
Nirvana (you guessed it!)
Foo Fighters (finally! still performing)
Mike Watt (with Eddie Vedder AND Dave Grohl as guest musicians)
Juliana Hatfield
Pearl Jam
Nine Inch Nails
The Band (up on cripple creek, y'all!)
Ministry
The Swingin' Neckbreakers
Herman the German
The Kinks (my first show! 14 and drunk on peppermint schnapps!)
Bryan Adams
Jesus & Mary Chain
John Cafferty
Bruce Springsteen
They Might Be Giants
The non-pareils
Consolidated
Lionel Ritchie (hanging head in shame)
Gloria Estefan (hiding under chair)
John Denver (running out of room screaming)
Buffalo Tom
Frank Black
Belly
WEEN
King Missile
Indigo Girls
Violent Femmes
Soul Asylum
EMF
B52's
The Cure
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Primus
Dinosaur Jr.
Phantom Surfers
Reverend Horton Heat
The Wedding Present (LOUDEST. . .SHOW. . .EVER)
Luna
Helium
Concussion Ensemble
The Halo Bit
til Tuesday
The Alarm
The Neighborhoods
Harry Pussy (my most confused show)
Mary Lou Lord
Mary's Danish
Throwing Muses
Angry Salad
Cliffs of Doneen
Dada
The Breeders
Robin Hitchcock
Billy Bragg
Velocity Girl
Tsunami
Velvet Crush
Blair's Carriage
Robert Cray
Squeeze
Combustible Edison
Rod Stewart
The Itchies
P.J. Harvey
The Friggs
Gene Loves Jezebel
The Smithereens
Buddy Guy
Rhythm Child
Tuxedo Buck
Black & White
Young Neal & The Vipers
Eight to the Bar
Fudge
Cola
Swirlies
Possum Dixon
Hootie and the Blowfish (oh dear, here we go again)
R.E.M. (really??? was it a good show???)
Flora Street
Versus
Moby
Hole
Sonic Youth
Tuscadero
Jesus Lizard
Elastica
The Fathoms
The Dogmatics
One Ton Shot Gun
Swamp Girl
Pickle
Plum Factory
Butthole Surfers
The Toadies
Lunachicks
Blind Melon
The Specials
Morphine
Phish
NY Loose
Buck & the Black Cats
Soul Coughing
Firewater
Skavoovie and the Epitones
Allstonians
Big D and the Kids Table
Bim Skala Bim
The Agents
Less Than Jake
Mephiskapheles
Toasters
Reel Big Fish
Spring Heeled Jack
Save Ferris
Echo and the Bunnymen
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Southern Culture on the Skids
The Fixx
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Rancid
Dropkick Murphys
Lords of Acid
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Sex Pistols
Pixies
Dave Matthews
Elton John
and, how could I forget? The Wiggles

There you have it. 135 bands over 26 years. Definitely not a record, but it's about all my poor, punished ears could handle.

So, anyone I need to add in the next 26 years to rounds out my list and make my concert life complete?

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Big Jim said...

Wow, you made me remember back on my concert going days as well. Who could possibly be able to forget seeing Jack 'The Swinger' Hanlon as a pimply faced teen in one of his first bands - Flower Gang. Oh and the first time I saw Johnny Maguire as The Phantom...thanks for making me think of songs sadly long forgotten.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Hey I saw TMBG with you in Providence! And did I also drag you to the Cliffs of Dooneen show with Counting Crows and Cracker? (the all-C band bill) Wow, what a good friend you are to go with me to see my ex beat on a drum. I think he's in real estate now in Cambridge.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Oh WAIT You forgot one...

Tipper Gore! Todd's Alice Cooper tribute band.

10:29 AM  
Blogger PDX Mama said...

Wowsers! Some serious concert-hopping going on! Very cool. I've seen a few of those. Have you taken the kiddos to any shows (besides the obvious Wiggles - or did you & hubby just go for the fun of it? :-) ? I haven't taken the kids to any yet (besides the Wiggles) and would like to - Violent Femmes would not be the best choice though, too much herb action going on ;-)

2:03 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

I am so impressed. No, I'm beyond impressed! And not only by the number, but by the great bands you saw.

Damn.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Q said...

Wow. I know I could never remember them all, but I think I was at half these shows with you. Ahh... Dancing onstage at S.C.O.T.S. and throwing out fried chicken. And I recall seeing John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band with you at Providence College with Sharon-- front row while it rained on us. Living in the C-I-T-Y, baby.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

WOW. That is some serious concert going! Ummm I can count the number of concerts I've been to on 2 hands.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Mom of three said...

Julie stole my comment! I am a two-handed concert-goer too (but one of the few I have seen is the Rolling Stones! That counts for more right?).

The one thing my sister says she will never forgive our mother for is not letting her go to a Beatles concert when she was 14 and a friend had a ticket for her. Mom thought it was too young.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Mom of three! You just reminded me that I have seen the Rolling Stones. And Fiona Apple. They both played at some VH1 thing I went to many years back. OMG, and is it possible that I forgot David Lee Roth? OMG, now THAT was a night.

2:33 PM  
Blogger BlogWhore said...

ditto to the wowsers comment.

p.s. i've got a new url.
mommiesarepeopletoo.blogspot.com

2:38 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

JESUS AND MARY CHAIN. Hell yeah!

8:23 PM  
Anonymous lainieb said...

Found you on "Breed 'em and Weep" - couldn't resist a peek. Is this how people meet on the internet?

I think you named, like, 30 of my favourite bands in college. And to think you saw R.E.M. too. Sigh...what I wouldn't give to have seen them in their heyday when Michael Stipe had fairly odd hair.

6:19 PM  
Blogger aimee / greeblemonkey said...

sigh... I lost my virginity the night of a Squeeze concert...

7:30 PM  

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