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Lemonheads live at Abyss, Houston TX - 16th June 1997

Review from onthatnote.com

Opening Act - Ugly Beauty and 57 Farm Dogs

The Lemonheads are a band from the Boston area that has been playing in some form for the past several years, since the mid to late 80s. Although the personnel of the group has changed, the one common element throughout has been the lead singer, Evan Dando. Evan is an unusual person, with a rare talent for writing pleasant pop songs that are insightful and varied in their influences. He has an unusual stage presence, appearing to be really messed up most of the time and acting generally baked, which usually leads to a few funny lines and a lot of confusion. For example, at this show, he repeatedly bumped into the microphone and said "Ow". Throughout the show they annoyed the crowd by making screaching noises by touching each other with the amp cables.

Okay, maybe this doesn't seem pleasant to you, but I really do dig a lot of their songs. They played most of my favorites including "Into Your Arms", "It's a Shame about Ray", "Outdoor Type", "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You". During the Evan portion of the evening in which he came out by himself, he treated us to a couple of favorites including "Allison's Starting to Happen" and "Rudderless". Additionally, he treated us to Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and several Beavis lookalikes in the building held up their lighters in tribute. It was actually a great rendition. With a weird twist (as if things weren't weird enough), the band left the stage and asked one of the opening bands, 57 Farm Dogs, to appear for another number, except that Evan introduced them as "a band from Indonesia". They sang a song called "A Real Live Alternative Girl" and from what I could make it there was one line that said something to the effect of "The Lemonheads invited her", so I guess Evan wanted to return the homage.

It was extremely hot and stuffing in The Abyss, the lack of air conditioning in Houston in June has that effect. I doubt I'll go back for any shows there this summer. I missed the 57 Farm Dogs regular set, but I did catch the entire Ugly Beauty set. They are a five piece with a female lead singer, who did have an excellent guitar style, but I would say they lacked anything particularly exciting or original in their material.

On That Note, I'm outta here......

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