Saturday, November 28, 2009

a trend that needs to disappear

band reunions that feature replaying "classic albums"

i just saw a recent vid of the pixies on a late night show. they are currently on a tour featuring the totality of "doolittle", which i like just fine. a great rendition of 'debaser' occurred. i happened to see the pixies back in the day on the first ep tour as well as the trompe le monde tour, and i can happily say ... they've gotten alot better live.

is there any way to make the concert more unappealing than knowing exactly what's about to happen? hey, dvr?


Kiko Jones said...

Welcome to the nostalgia era. We live in a time when pop artists and music of a 20, 30, 40, 50 year vintage can still draw crowds and attention.

I mean, it's not like people--on a significant scale--were listening to music from 3 decades prior some 30, 40 years ago. Yes, there were '50s, and '60s revivals in the '70s and '80s, respectively. But now the entire history of rock and roll is up for grabs. It's not surprising to see a kid born in the '90s grooving to music made 20 years or more before they were born.

As for your Pixies example, we've seen and will continue to experience that phenomenon now that Gen-Xers rapidly approaching middle age--and in many cases fiercely grasping to their youth--are ripe for the nostalgia ride.

And so it goes...

Whirling House said...

I respectfully disagree. I like the "classic album" trend ... but I know that we will all be sick sick sick of this bandwagon(which is what you're expressing). Personally, I am having trouble shoving more new music into my brain - so seeing or hearing the Pixies/Bruce/etc is like comfort food. Will i try the bacon-wrapped scallop or the shiitake-infused quail yolk fritter?

And this means that we won't hear Downers Pharmacy played in its completion in 2016? I'd prefer Ego Park if you're considering it...

godihateyourband said...

i remember seeing husker du on the warehouse tour. they did the album in order. that album had a lot of filler, and that show had a lot of piss breaks. also, a friend who saw the pixies first reunion tour noted that they played all of the doolittle tracks at that show minus one.