Rock and Roll Pest Control - YFF Seattle review 1
So, last night -- there aren't too many nights where you can say you've seen the Worst Funk Band In The World play for 2 hours straight. But those nights? Those are the best nights.
The first act was LLama, Rusty Willoughby's new band -- I actually dug them quite a bit, despite not really being into Flop. They got a new record out on Book -- I'm thinking I should have picked it up the previous night at the Dial-A-Fight, but whatchagonnado. After that were Girl Trouble, and I have to say I wasn't a fan. But the kids seemed to like them.
But THEN. The FELLOWS. Tad didn't have his wok, but he did have a pipe! And the Caramel obsession from the last night had carried over to hilarious results (Scott falling over and rolling on the floor laughing at Tad; later, Scott asking "Does this even HAVE a punchline?" "NOOOOOO PUNCHLINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" "Really, 'cause I need some sort of payoff for this." "Nopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee").
They opened with a bit of a jam session that went into the most perfect Rock song in the world -- "Rock 'n' Roll Pest Control". And it just got better from there. It's the next night, so I don't remember the complete setlist, but it was great. Some highlights:
1) Most importantly: TWO NEW FELLOWS SONGS. Perhaps that means (coupled with the recent news about the song on the children's comp. thing) that a new Fellows Album is in the works? That would make me the happiest boy in the whole USA. Anyway, the new songs: "Cemetary & Restaurant", which according to Scott was about a guy he knew who claimed to have a cemetery, bar and Mexican Restaurant. (I'm not sure if that's, like, a combined one, where you can go to mourn the loss of your loved one, then go get blasted and eat chimichangas. You wouldn't think that'd be very sanitary, but hey.) The other one was "The Least-Talented Man In Showbiz", which according to Scott was about him, the lead singer, principle arteest and guiding light of the Young Fresh Fellows. The vocal mix wasn't very good (ALL the bands had this problem -- the only time you could really hear the vocals was when the dude in Girl Trouble grabbed his mic and the guitarist's mic and shouted into both of them), which is fine for the songs I knew (since I basically know them by heart and was shouting along), but for the new songs, not so much, so I don't remember much besides the titles of the songs, lyrically. But rest assured, they're both really, really good (though "Least-Talented" could have been a bit more of a Minus 5 song at least in the one time I'd heard it -- not like there's much difference, though)
2. The various covers they did: "Tobacco Road" (joke -- they did the same bit they did at the Tribute show last year), "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite" (which completely floors me every time they do it -- I know it's on a record, but still, it's one of my all-time favorite pop-songs ever, and it seems that not a lot of people actually KNOW that one anymore), "Radio Radio" (AWESOME), a couple of Sonics songs -- "Head On Backwards" and "Have Love, Will Travel" (Yeah, I know that's technically a song the Sonics covered, but, you know, it's still a Sonics song), a little bit of "Smoke On The Water" (about the first verse's worth, where Scott was playing a little bit with the lyrics, getting kinda choked up about the flaregun at the Mothers' show), and the hilarious thing at the end of the show where on the final solo, Kurt starts playing one note over and over, confers with Tad a little bit, and Kurt and Tad start playing "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf, which cracks Jim completely up, and Scott starts laughing too, and they do the entire song (as it is a pretty cool song). It was awesome.
3. A little bit of a Reprise of Jimmy Silva Night, with "Hang Out Right", the song from last night I forgot that starts with the line about Christ in a Dress, and "When The Girls Get Here".
4. The sheer amount of FUN they were having -- that's what makes the Fellows pretty much the best Live band I've seen; it's clear the four of them are, like, best friends, and they're just up there to screw around and have fun. And that really shows. It also helps that they're all completely AWESOME musicians.
5. Everyone shouting along on "Your Truth, Our Lies", which I've always really dug. I've always thought it cool that it's one of the few political Fellows songs, and while it's actually really pretty much spot-on and upfront, they present it as a parody of a punk band, so it works on both levels, as a straight punk-protest song about the political situation here in the US AND as a put-on. It's basically "ha ha, only serious", and I just LOVE that stuff.
6. Rusty Willoughby pouring a beer through Tad's pipe. It was all like Popeye.
7. Just the sheer number of great songs they played. Granted, their entire catalog is basically full of great songs, and even in two hours they can't play ALL their best, but, MAN that was so good. "Beer Money" (which is kind of funny that that was their second song -- a guy at work and I were talking about the Fellows before I left, as I mentioned I was seeing them that night, and we just started talking and he mentioned that he loved that song, so... yeah), "I Got My Mojo Workin' And I Thought You'd Like To Know", "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", "Sittin' on a Pitchfork", pretty much allaem.
8. Scott actually brought Merch this time: a bunch of copies of Upson Downs/Beans & Tolerance/Wonderfully Simple...Simply Wonderful (I'd scan my copy, but there's nothing TO scan -- it's a white paperboard sleeve, like those for promo dance singles, a plain white inner-sleeve, and then the "label" is etched in -- the main face of it says "3 Young French Fellows 3" with "Wonderfully Simple...." on it, and the reverse has a drawing of the little triangle guy that Tad draws a lot in the band section and "...Simply Wonderful" beneath it. The other titles all come from etchings in the run-out grooves if you were wondering. "Upson"/"Downs", "Beans and"/"Tolerance".), a bunch of copies of the LP version of "My Chartruese Opinion" for $1 each, and GASP: one (1) copy of the Hits From The Breakup Album Box Set for _TEN DOLLARS_. Unfortunately, one of the guys in the backstage area ran up, grabbed it, and ran back to give 10 bucks to Scott as soon as the show was over. I wish I'd thought of that. But I DID get the Bootleg Album, so that's awesome. (I would have got Scott's solo LP, but I've got it on both LP AND CD, so.... If you don't have it, though, I recommend it so very highly. It's a bit more on the Fellows side than the Minus 5 side, though.)
Anyway, though, I know this is sorta scattershot, and I'm sure other folks will have better reviews, and I might even myself later, but that's what I gotsta say about The Young Fresh Fellows' Rockstravaganza.
- Rev. Syung Myung Me
Posted on 01 Jan 2006 by Stoffel
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