We’re Having Much More Fun
posted by March 31 at 11:48 AMon
Word up, Ari. X has still got it, and they flaunted it. John Doe is some kind of vest-less punk Han Solo. Exene was belting it out, feeling it- she was even sort of dancing(I thought she half-did a Harlem Shake up there). DJ Bonebrake was badass as anybody named DJ Bonebrake has any right to be.The constantly-cheesing Billy Zoom looks kind of like a cross between Conan O’Brien and the dad from Gidget. “Nice Guy- Punk Legend” Billy’s t-shirts at the booth said. That mufucka had crazy eyes. He kind of creeped my girl out but his solos were perfect everytime.
“I know Seattle is a concerned-citizen kind of city”, Doe told us. “Make sure you vote this November, for whatever you want”. Then they launched into “The New World”…”it was better before before they voted for whatshisname…” Seemed like they kinda tripped up the lyrics at first, but maybe they meant to do it like that, whatever. It was sweet, and everybody singing along thought so too. The bulk of X’s catalog is made to sing along to. “I love singing with people”, Exene told the adoring crowd in front.
While we were in the bar my girl notes that cats are standing on the stairs, which is a BIG no-no whenever there’s a hiphop show. Where’s the overzealous security(except for Whitey, the dude of dudes) now though? RACIST. I had to check at the merch table & see if they had any X tees in XXL for ya boy. Course not, I don’t even know why I ask anymore…RACIST. While on the floor watching X tear it up, the AC was blasting something fierce…hiphop shows are always Tarzan hot in the Showbox…RACIST! I sang along with “White Girl” at my girlfriend, trying to be funny- definitely RACIST.
“Are you gonna sing our love song, Exene?” John asked. Awww. “They used to be married”, I whispered in my girl’s ear. “She also used to be married to Viggo Mortensen”, I also said. Anyway, their love song apparently was a breathless version of “Breathless”, my #1 jukebox pick whenever at Bill’s Off Broadway. As the intro to “Adult Books”, Doe unbuttoned his shirt for a sec to illustrate cheesy guys in the 80’s date-scene, which drew a lot of catcalls from the ladies, which was undoubtedly his intention.
They didn’t do my favorite joint, New World’s “Poor Girl”, but it’s all good, they roared thru classics from all of their good albums: “Sugarlight”, “True Love”, “Devil Doll”, “Johnny Hit And Run Paulene”, “Los Angeles”, “Your Phones Off The Hook But You’re Not”, “The Hungry Wolf”…you get it. I was stoked, Johnny-come-lately Me finally got to see one of his favorite bands. They killed it, they were nice- hell, “kindly” might be the word for Billy Zoom- and it was exactly what I expected. You what X sounds like? Yeah, they did that, like the whole time. Awesome.