Better Off Not Live
schrade at akrobiz.com
Sun Dec 5 10:54:28 CST 2004
> Is anybody else having this problem?
One of my posts went MIA, too.
> > And I'll make the same argument for "Sister Disco."
> I'd like to see this one make a comeback.
Oooh! Me, too!
> > "Pure & Easy" could do with some editing. It's too long. I'm talking all
> > versions. Studio & live.
> Let's ask Kevin what he thinks of that statement. Ohhh, Kevin?
One verse. That's all I'm saying. Cut out one verse. Tighten that baby up!
> > > Sally Simpson
> Without pulling out CDs to confirm, my problem is that it seems like Roger
> always screws up the lyrics. It's not his fault. There are just too many
> pronouns (I count 13 in the first verse and chorus alone)! He, her, she,
> his, him... It all gets rather confusing. Then add in all the 'sss' and
> 'sh' sounds and it's a very difficult song to sing. I also don't think I've
> heard Roger sing the "Sixteen stitches..." line with the same anger as on
> the record. It's so hard to remember the words, I think he gets tentative
> in his delivery. I always look forward to Sally when I listen to the Tommy
> album, but cringe when I hear a live version.
All true. Lots of lyrics in that one. Even *I* mess up the pronouns sometimes
when I'm singing it to myself (or out loud!) - especially the line "Sally still
carries a scar on her cheek to remind her of his smile." But honestly, I can't
recall too many versions where Roger flubs the lyrics.
Moon really makes the song for me. I like the muted, pitter-patter, tom-tom
drumming he employs for most of the song & how he explodes with everything
unleashed at the end. That always gives me goosebumps.
> > > Boris the Spider
> I guess it just seemed silly to me when I first heard a live version in
> '82, and kind of boring, musically. I've got no problem with novelty
> records, but this one tried to become more than that.
It is a bit of a throw-away song but I thought they usually played it well.
Like "Magic Bus," it got this reputation as being a crowd favorite. Plus, I
think it provided nice humorous contrast to some of the more serious songs
in the set. And interestingly, they shelved it for the '69'-'70 shows; maybe
to make room for other such pop gems as "I'm A Boy" & "Happy Jack."
- SCHRADE in Akron
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