100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 6:

The Jesus Lizard, The Garage, London 1998

Day 6 - The Jesus Lizard, The Garage, London, October 1998

Texas. Maybe it makes you think of guns, borders, the Dallas Cowboys or their cheerleaders… JR Ewing? It makes me think of the great bands, and The Jesus Lizard (who originated from there) are one of the best. In the early 90s, amongst all the raucous alt rock threatening to break out, it was the ‘spaces’ in amongst the maelstrom of The Jesus Lizard’s music that stood out for me, and this may well be a result of their move to Chicago where they hooked up with living legend Steve Albini to produce their first four albums, Head, Goat, Liar, and Down. His relentless obssession with micing up each instrument perfectly, and recording the band live is why he ‘gets’ a band’s sound so perfectly, so Jesus Lizard live really is like uncorking the bottle captured in the studio. Within one verse David Yow, already stripped to the waist, in leather trousers and barefoot, had leapt off the stage and charged screaming through the crowd… like a dehydrated Moses steaming towards the high tide mark. He only stopped when the mic chord went tight, lurching him back, just short of his prey, junkyard dog crazed. Abso-bloody-lutely amazing. I’ll admit it has been a long time since I listened to these guys, so going back to check Head and Goat out again has been a pleasure, but also difficult because I have to pick one tune to recommend - so I’ll go with something that exhibits this space amongst the chaos I was talking about above. And it should be noted that if you ever see the words ‘Produced by Steve Albini’ on a record, just buy it. Check out Monkey Trick from the album Goat