Live Show: 03/20/97
Reviewed by: Chris O'Malley
Another show, another road trip...
I endeavored to make the trip from Rochester to Albany, where Moxy was performing
at Valentine's, a kind of seedy bar/music club. I left Rochester at three in the
afternoon and got into Albany at around half past six. (Not bad time, actually) I was
there way too early, as always. After sitting at the bar for a while, I unfortunately
was roped into a conversation with some drunk old man about the impending revolution
and the problems with the current American system of juris prudence. He was doing
most, if not all, of the talking.
Thankfully, people my own age began to pour in. I noticed a couple of guys that
I've seen at other shows, so I introduced myself to Joshua Kranz (affiliated with yeP!)
and his friend (I can't remember his name for the life of me). We discussed recent
shows and other related Frü-topics.
There were a LOT of under 21 people there, and the bar shoved them all in this small
room that was not part of the bar area. Eventually, their numbers grew, and they
began spilling into the bar and forming something I guess you might refer to as a line, in which I was not in,
since I figured, "Well, I got here early enough, I'm not under 21, and the bouncer
saw me here all this time, I should have no problem." As you'll see, I got lucky.
They started letting people in the line go upstairs to the music room at around
8:30. The bouncer told me that I couldn't just cut back into line without starting
some kind of riot, but once he turned to walk away, I managed to squeeze back in.
Hell, I was there an hour before everyone else!! :-)
The upstairs section of Valentine's is quite small. I found Marcus, said my
hellos, and staked a place out on the floor about 30 feet from the stage, right
in the center. Moxy took the stage a little bit after nine.
The set was a little shorter than I would've liked (don't you wish they
would play for four hours?? :-) since this was the first show they did
along with The Nields, so each band had equal stage time. Halfway through the
set, some annoying woman came around and made us all move closer to the stage,
in order to fit more people in. Ten minutes later she made us all stand up,
lest we be "kicked out by the owner".
Moxy played for a little more than an hour. Fairly standard set; reflective
of the new album tracks that they seem to be performing live as of late. They
didn't have tons of time for encores, unfortunately. After talking with Marcus
some more, and saying hello to Dave, I left Albany around eleven and got back
into Rochester at 2:30 in the morning.
Next stop, the Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester triple crown number two!!
Click the description to get the pic:
- Jian: "Can we have your attention, there's Canadians
in the room! Up here! We're the Nields, we're playing before
Moxy Früvous. And we're good looking people aren't we? The
Nields, best looking men and women this side of Toronto."
- Murray: "I'm Katrina. I'm the singer. I'm the dancer."
- Jian explains how it's great to be in Syracuse.
- Murray and Jian discuss how a lot of people mistake the band
for the Wallflowers, because of Dave's brooding sexuality.
- Dave intros the band: "Ladies and Gentlemen, would you please put your hands
together for the only band that still doesn't know how to snowboard
in this day in age...Moxy Früvous!"
- Peace of Mind (Buy our brand new disc)
- Mike: "Look at the colors; great colors; on our brand new disc!"
- Lazlo's Career
- B.J. Don't Cry
- Dave pulls out his new, white accordion.
- "banished him for life he did..."
- "on the scene, it's Genesis"
- "found a hooka and a brush"
- The accordion isn't on during the beginning of the song, so during
the solo Jian asks everyone to be real quiet so we could hear it. It finally
comes on during the middle of the solo.
- Mike uses his megaphone for the "Now on the scene, our wounded soul..." section.
- "stuffs his letters full of Bogie's"
- Video Bargainville
- Jian asks if we would mind if they did a song off stage.
- Murray wants to stay on stage: "I was getting the weather
- Jian, thinking that the audience isn't used to Moxy: "Now
the audience is saying, 'Can we leave? Why are they doing this
- I Love My Boss (off mic, off stage)
- Instead of Jian saying "Examples", he says something else like
"New Loudon". This may be a reference a suburb of Albany...Loudonville
- At the final pause in the song, the thundering music downstairs becomes very apparent,
and Jian starts to dance along with it.
- Murray: "Clearly, everyone was enamoured of our dancing, since
no one could hear a note that was sung. But that's OK, we're great
- Jian plugs the new album and ends up sounding like a radio announcer.
- The other guys follow suit with similar DJ-sounding phrases:
- Dave: "And Shawntel (sp?) will be up for ya in just a minute!!"
- Mike: "Songs for the boss, songs about the boss, songs that the boss asked me to play!"
- Murray: "It's all hits, all the time, 103 the Edge!!" (apparently, 103.9 in Albany
is a pretty "alternarock" station)
- Murray introduces the next song about being able to trash the planet
with a clear conscience.
- You Will Go To The Moon
- During the song, some of the staff came around and ask us all to move
up (everyone was still sitting on the floor at this point) so we could fit more people in.
- Murray: "That was a song featuring a mass migration. Lemmings looking
for a cliff."
- Jian: "Yeah, it was like: (sung)You Will Go To The Moon (spoken)
'Can you just move up a little bit please?!'"
- Some discussion on-stage about what you call people from Albany.
- Dave: "Revenge of the Albanites."
- During this chatter, everyone is asked to stand up.
- Jian: "Yeah, stand up! Stand up and be counted. You're part of
the Früvous revolution."
- Jian: "Here's a song from the new record (pronounced reckid), as
you say it in New York."
- I've Gotta Get a Message To You
- Mike says the "Swing it" line.
- Jian talks about how Moxy has only played in Albany once before.
- Jian: "We're new to this whole American country thing. That's what
we are, in fact, American Country."
- Dave breaks into "Sailing hardships through...".
- Dave: "That's not country. I start singing a Canadian guy's song, Jesus. I could
do a Shania Twain tune, but that's Canadian too."
- Mike jumps into 'Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?' with his
own lyric changes.
- Jian, after discussing how the next song is about losing a
relationship: "Yeah! Empowerment for the losers like us!"
- Jian intros the next song, and explains the problems occurring in Toronto
regarding the Mega-City.
- Today's the Day that We Fight Back
- Jian tells the crowd what the Temagami reference in the last song is all about.
- Dave, with a New York City accent: "The next song is off the new record.
It starts with a banjo riff, it's kind of a new form."
- Michigan Militia
- Jian: "I understand that song will be the first single in your country. And ours."
- Jian: "Here's a song about eating some food. 'Cause that's what
we do up there, eh?"
- During his first attempt at the flute opening, Jian has some problems
with spit in the flute.
- Murray and Jian discuss how in Grade 8 they knew a guy who never cleaned
the spit valve on his sax.
- Johnny Saucep'n
- My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors
- Jian, at the beginning of the song: "From here on in, it's groove time."
- "Pulp Fiction"
- River Valley
- King of Spain
- Jian does the standard intro. "Maybe you people can answer the following question?"
- Jian: "Is it the little girl who hurt herself in the Olympics, but still
soldiered on to win the gold medal in that horsie thing?"
- Audience: "NO!"
- Murray: "Wait, there's been a change of plans, it is her."
- Jian: "Oh, ladies and gentlemen, Carrie Strug(sp?)."
- Mike's intro: "Here comes the story about a guy, who when he's not proclaiming
edicts over his entire kinglydom, he's sitting under the big RCA dog Nipper rolling
up a big fat hoolie!"
- Murray, during Dave's solo intro: "Transcripts of this song available
- Jian, during Dave's solo intro: "The King of Spain will be part
of the Big Egg project."
- "(Murray)There's a fish on your head...(Mike)Big fat hoolie!"
- "(Dave)Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you...Fiona Apple!"
- Mike tells Dave to "Eat Shit" when he's asking the audience if they
want to know his story.
- Murray: "He was never one of your better subjects."
- Dave: "He was never one of my better conga players, let alone subjects."
- Green Eggs & Ham
- "lot of left over hippies here" sugue
- Jian: "You know, The Beatles, 'Daydream believer', 'Riders on the Storm', ..."
- Murray: "Another Brick in the Wall"
- Dave: "I liked all those songs. I just hated the mop-top fab four."
- "I'd eat them in my Calvin Klein underwear"
- Love Potion #9 Medley - included bits from:
- Stayin' Alive
- Jungle Boogie riff (on Dave's guitar)
- "Do you eat, do you dream, do you eat anymore? Do you eat a lot
of that smoked meat anymore?"
- Who will save your soul?
- Gotta Get Over Gretta
- You Oughta Know
- Mike: "I used to go crazy for W.C. Fields. Now I'm in love
with four-fifths of the Nields."
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