October 14, 2002 at 4:59 am #43240
just got the new mojo yesterday and of course there was a review of free so free (and a favourable one too), but then i was flipping through the concert review secion and j’s written a 1/2 page review of the mudhoney show last month !! <img>October 14, 2002 at 6:10 am #55389
Can u type it over or scan the article
Would love to read itOctober 14, 2002 at 3:21 pm #55390
J talked about that review in a recent BBC interview, said he arrived in London, got off the plane and went straight to the show <img> Would love to read that J review of Mudhoney, from what he said it was a pretty pleasing show!!!
Welcome to the site, we have a lot of great FreakScene members from London, hope you get to meet some of them soon at another show…fingers crossed <img>
AllisonOctober 14, 2002 at 3:54 pm #55391
hey I saw Mudhoney last month (that was the J on a Stick show!) and would love to hear what J thinks of them…please post article or link if u can. thanks!October 15, 2002 at 4:46 am #55392
sure … didn’t get home until kind of late last night, but i’ll definitely type it out tonight …October 15, 2002 at 6:03 pm #55393
well … here it is as promised …
The birth and re-birth of grunge, as witnessed by the ex-Dinosaur Jr frontman.
Most people, after being in a Chris Farley movie (1996â€™s Black Sheep), would be happy to rest on their laurels. In the â€˜90s, Mudhoney would hang out at all the A-list parties. They called celebrities their friends, and even recorded a hit song with Buttmaster Sir Mixalot. What was ledt to prove? Hollywood was kind to the Mudhoney boys, but the crowd at Camdenâ€™s Electric Ballroom gave them something more.
Whenever I hear the word grunge, the only band that comes to mind are Mudhoney. They are the definitive band of an era. They knew The Stooges should be your jumping off point, not Dio, The Beatles, Guns nâ€™Roses, U2 or The Doors like all their buddies. Mudhoney did Seattle proud. Now here they are over 10 years later at a sold-out gig, and the first thing that strikes me is how happy people are. This is not the typical Seattle indie rock crowd of late, scowling angry nerds with backpacks. All you see is bobbinâ€™ heads, raised fists and smiles.
The band start off with Baby Can You Dig The Light, the opener from their recent and glorious return to form, Since Weâ€™ve Become Translucent, an eight-minute Soft-Machine style organ space-jam that acts as a teaser before the hits. And Mudhoney are not afraid to play the hits: Sweet Young Thing, Touch Me Iâ€™m Sick … In â€˜Nâ€™ Out Of Grace, theyâ€™re all here. There are not some whimpering artistes with a fear of not ebing relevant if they donâ€™t convey their latest emotional scars. Joy is not feared by Mudhoney. They feel no pain in letting people hear the songs they love.
The energy is high, the sound ferocious, much of which has to do with drummer Dan Peters – the thumping beat for a generation, The Forrest Gump of grunge. Whenever some historic moment was going down in the early â€˜90s, Dan was there with a beer and a butt, smiling and waving. Pounding the skins of Nirvana, Screaming Trees and Valice among others. He is the Cozy Powell of today. And all this energy is not lost on the fire regulation-convening crowd. As stray members of tonightâ€™s support act and Seattleâ€™s new standard bearers The Catheters fly past, there were some pretty young girls in the front singing along with all the songs, not seeming to mind being flattened up against the barriers and occasionally kicked in the head by passing crowd surfers. Everybody was rockinâ€™. Thanks boys …
– J Mascis
set list :
baby can you dig the light
the straight life
sweet young thing ainâ€™t sweet no more
our time is now
touch me iâ€™m sick
where the flavor is
i have to laugh
you got it
take it like a man
suck you dry
dyinâ€™ for it
when tomorrow hits
in â€˜nâ€™ out of grace
also … my husband and i were there at the show that night … we were in the upstairs bit because by the time we got there the place was packed to the rafters and there was no way we were going to get to see anything from ground level … so we had a pretty good view of the left hand side of the place including the back/side stage area …
somehow we got seperated for most of the show and about 1/2 way thru mudhoney’s set i saw j peer out from behind the stack of speakers at the left hand side of the stage … and i thought … hey, maybe he’ll play w/them for one song or something, but he never did …
when i finally found my other half after the show i told him that i saw j mascis and he was like, yeah right … and at that v.same second we looked down again and he was down there again talking to some people in the crowd … so we got down there as fast as we could to see if we could meet him and maybe get him to sign something for us, but by the time we got to the front he was gone …
but that was ok because he kindly signed a cd of mine the next night at his acoustic show at the metro …October 15, 2002 at 6:53 pm #55394
Thanks for posting that <img>
It sounded like J had a great time when he was talking about the Mudhoney show during that bbc interview. He really emphasized the happy thing during that interview as well, both definitely come thru in this review <img>
Hope J keeps up the writer thing, I would love to hear more!
AllisonOctober 15, 2002 at 7:32 pm #55395
hey rambleon, thanks a lot for typing the review out & for your own remarks on the gig as well <img>
I like it how J talks about "…letting people hear the songs they love…".
That might be the reason, why he still plays "Freakscene" …..well, another reason might be, that Freakscene is still a wonderful song <img>October 15, 2002 at 9:54 pm #55396
He seems so comfortable with writing. It’s kinda weird. He’s always known for being so quiet, I don’t know if I’ve ever read anything like this. It’s kind of cool to see him from the point of view as a Mudhoney fan.October 15, 2002 at 10:23 pm #55397
I didn’t know J. had such a sense of humour…October 16, 2002 at 1:21 pm #55398
wow, now there is a blast from the past
next thing, J will namecheck suzy quattro!
kOctober 16, 2002 at 4:07 pm #55399
A great read! <img>October 17, 2002 at 2:46 am #55400
I thought it was cool he mentioned Soft Machine <img>
Hopefully we`ll hear more of J`s reviews sometime soon <img>October 17, 2002 at 11:53 am #55401
J. name drops too much.
He also writes weird. That review is just nothing like I expected from the glorious leader. He strung out clauses and adjectives like 3 and 4 wide. Weird.October 17, 2002 at 4:46 pm #55402
Hmmm, Jaron are you scowling & wearing a backpack… <img> <img>
I like it, name dropping, drawn out clauses/adjectives & all. Actually that part didn’t even register with me, more thrilled with the whole emotion/excitement J had about the show/audience, thats what I got from the review. I think artists give a whole different perspective to reviews, good to have both types of reviews in my opinion, hope to see more by J.
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