Live Show: 9/07/96
Reviewed by: Chris O'Malley
Moxy appeared at Oberlin college, in the Cat in the Cream coffeehouse,
located in the Hales Building, on the college campus. The show was scheduled
for 9pm, but since people were still coming in and getting situated, the show
started at about 9:20.
I decided to make the trek down from Rochester to see this show. Whew, what
a drive! It was definitely worth it; this show was phenomenal. The place was
completely packed. It was very hot in the venue; everyone was sweating
heavily by the night's end. This show had everything though, including (audience
tribute here): 6 hr. drives (hey, that's me! ;-),
coffee defficiency headaches, front row seats, cool hats, clue games, billiards,
small yet crowded venues, a very rainy day, and a very packed house!
I would like to take a quick moment and say HI! to all the great people
I met at this show. Everytime I see Moxy I meet more and more fans, and
that's half the fun of going to these gigs. I finally got to meet Marty and
Kristina, who I've been corresponding with via e-mail over the past couple
months. Hi guys! :-)
About this show's info: Any quotes by members of the band are either
paraphrased or direct quotes. Either way, they will be preceded by the
person's name and a colon.
Click the description to get the pic:
From Marty Cosgrove:
The Music (songs in bold)
The Set (in order):
- The audience got into a few clapping fests before the band appeared in an
attempt to coax them on stage.
- Some soft jazz was playing, so the band went into a mime act. It was
hilarious! Mike mimicked playing the 'ol muted trumpet, and the band started
playing along and singing "Sweet Valentine".
- They were lipsyncing like Garbage does! :-)
- A crackling could be heard in the band's monitors, and some time was lent
to trying to get that rectified.
- "Got jazz in my pants", one band member stated.
- Dave introduced the band as being from Iceland, formerly known as
the flopping fish.
- Peace of Mind - Tune plugging their $10 B-Album :-)
- My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors
- "Pulp Fiction" instead of "short works of fiction"
- They held the last note forever!
- River Valley
- Dave passed his guitars to Marcus to get them tuned, so the band
did a little "Pass the Guitar" song.
- This song merged into quite a long rendition of "Hey Little Bird".
(not sure of this title, the newsgroup posts state that this is "Jockey
full of Bourbonn", a Tom Waits song)
- The band discussed how hot and packed the place was, and that
the only other Oberlin event was Curly from the Globetrotters. We were
all there 'cause it was free :), and that same night "Leaving Las Vegas"
was showing for $1. Dave thought that was a good deal.
- Jian told us that the show would get better since they go into Oasis
- Murray says: We wrap a chimpunk in cellophane and beat it with a stick.
(Jerky Boys ref)
- "We do beatles tunes"
- Murray looked around the room, and then told us that they had a term
in Canada that apparently had no translation here. The term was: Fire
- Jean tells us he's from Persia.
- I Love My Boss
- There was a guy in the audience named Ross, so the band started
the song over and pointed to him at that line.
- "Who knows what the mormons will be bringing from dear old boss?"
- Mike got right in the audience's midst, standing on a couch right
next to where I was seated actually.
- One of his Chinese Yo-Yo's gave out on him during his pre-song dance. :-)
- During his "solo", he told us that we were all gonna die, the place
was going to go down in flames, and we'd have to put it out with our
- Quick little rendition of "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis.
- Talked about how people who are quiet always seem charming.
- Dave asked when the band met their first "Deb", apparently some
kind of metaphor. :-)
- Greatest Man in America
- "Taught me to love and praise Newt Gingrich. Robert Dole is quite
a nice man too."
- At the end of the song, Murray said: "It's not our country."
- Jian discussed how mad Bob Dole is lately due to the recent poll results.
- Jian was sweating profusely, and decided he wanted to change out of his
purple stage shirt (which was drenched), into his black tank top.
- Mike, talking about the heat, discussed how we were doing "Aerobafrüv"
- Jian had the coffeehouse manager get his Holiday Inn bag from the back. He
didn't want Dave's clothes, however. Dave showed off his threads.
- The band alluded to the mirror in the back of the room and how they could
see themselves during the show.
- Grandpa Früvous Theme
- Mike cackles.
- Mike talks about old times.
- The tank top gets thrown on stage. Mike: "What the hell is going on here?"
- Mike: Let's do a sing along!
- Moxy starts playing "Minnie the Moocher". (Slow Jam)
- Mike starts waving his hands. Mike: This is the dream sequence. It's
worth .5 credits.
- A fast jam session ensues.
- The band slows down like marionettes, and everyone except
Jian dies out. Jian keeps going and says "Energizer".
- The slow jam resumes.
- Jian changes his shirt, while the band sings the stripper song.
- The banjo is brought out, causing a buzz in the speakers.
- Dave plays a quick little ditty
- Murray (talking about Dave playing): From the set of deliverce...
- Dave plays a little of "One that I Love", by Air Supply, on the banjo.
- The whole band does "Babe", by Styx, with banjo accompaniment.
- Murray: Uh, guys, we forgot, there's 300 other people here. We're not
- Present Tense Tureen
- A discussion begins about whether Oberlin is a music school.
- Dave invents a new chord: the A flat demolished.
- While discussing the way the college is set up, Jian mistakes
an audience member comments as "muenster". Jian: We were talking
about the college, now this girl is talking about cheese.
- Murray suggests we all stand up and stretch.
- Jian: It's like Lawrence of Arabia. You have an intermission
and everyone leaves.
- Murray: Our live shows are 2 reels.
- Johnny Saucep'n
- Organ Grinder
- Jian drums and sings a song about bots, a Canadian thing that
only a few audience members new about.
- Jian: Here's a song called 'Horseshoes'.
- Horseshoes begins, but they stop since Dave's guitar is out of tune.
- Dave: Here's a song called 'Horseshoes'.
- The bots song again while we wait.
- The band apparently has a friend named Mike, who would never go away
(clipping his toenails while you're saying "Well, I guess I'll call it a night"),
and made up this song:
- 'Brew the bots faster man, I can't get enough
Brew the bots faster man, I can't get enough
Brew the bots faster man, I can't get enough
I gotta gets me that stuff'
- Now the band is all nervous because there's music students in the audience.
- Murray: Good thing it's not a dance school.
- Jian: Why? We don't dance.
- Murray: Uh. At the end of the show we do.
- Rendition of "New York, New York" with the cross-border shopping motif.
- Jian: OK, guys, no more talking between songs. This is an Oasis show now.
- Murray: We have to have a lot of 'tude.
- Murray: Here's a song called 'Horseshoes'.
- Jian introduces some new songs that the band will be putting on their
next album, to be released in March.
- Jian discussed the problems the band had with Atlantic.
- The third album will be on an indie label in Canada and the U.S.
- The label? Oberlin Records. :-)
- No, No Raja
- Dave: We're like Springsteen. We play for 4 hours.
- Murray: Well, we're on stage for 4 hours, I don't know if we play all that
- Jian's snare mike kept limping onto his snare.
- Jian: "It's happening again".
- Lazlo (the sound man) comes up on stage to fix the mike. He performs
a little poetry, discussing the beauty of autumn, and plugging Moxy merchandise.
- Boo Time
- Like bots, boo is another Canada-ism. :-)
- Video Bargainville
- Darlington Darling
- Jian: "On the accordion, from the Emmy nominated show Fraiser,
David Hyde Pierce!" (sp?)
- King of Spain
- Jian: Is this guest star the 4 yr. old who hurt her leg but won
the Olympics anyways?
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Mike (during Beatles bit): All we said is plant an acorn for peace,
we didn't say put f***ing ELO harmonies on 'Free as a bird'.
- Dave plays with the buttons on his shirt.
- Love Potion #9 medley - included:
- Started with 'Jungle Boogie' rif on Dave's guitar.
- "What if Maude was one of us? Beatrice Arthur on a bus." (Joan Osborne tune)
- Alanis tid-bit
- The Drinking Song
- The audience sang along perfectly to this one...
Some other little tidbits from the performance include:
- Contributions more than welcome here!! :)
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