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Monday, May 14, 2007

You Know Who I Miss? The Gossip.

posted by on May 14 at 11:09 AM

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The Gossip are getting HUGE in Europe. As Dave Schmader said, “They know what to do with the homo bands there.” But I miss them.

You see, for the past 3 and three quarter years I’ve lived here, I have never missed a Gossip show. Not a single one. I even saw them at Endfest, where some kid shouted, “This show is gay!” and Beth Ditto responded, “Why yes, actually. It is a gay show.” I saw them at the weird free show in the parking lot at Pride two years ago, where people were getting their hair did and eating dumpster food. I saw them at Chop Suey when Beth asked a kid in the audience if Brace Pain could have his Chilly Willy sweatshirt and the kid happily gave it up. I saw them at Neumo’s when my best friend’s former band opened for them and we secretly got drunk backstage and I told Beth about the Capitol Hill Massacre and why everyone was really freaked out (but I was mostly freaked out because I was talking to my idol).

I also lost my shit as hard as I could at every single show.

Since all their shows were always all ages, they have acquired a following of young queers or queer-allianced kids around my age (21) who see them as role models and political forces. I know I love the Gossip more than I have ever loved another band. And their records don’t do the live show justice AT ALL. Their music is the music of strong women, of strong queers who aren’t defined by their queerness, of being political in a meaningful manner, of gut-shaking soul. In my opinion, they are the most important band making music right now.

But since they have become these giant stars in Europe, I haven’t been able to see them perform since last fall. I am so bummed! They used to come up and play about once every two or three months, at least. I feel like I am suffering from withdrawal. I have to listen to their records every day as a temporary fix. Gossip, please come home!

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well technically, they are home-- just sequestered at Bear Creek Studios recording their next album.

Posted by christopher hong | May 14, 2007 2:03 PM

But why didn't they play a show before they sequestered themselves? I see nothing scheduled on the horizon, are they going to play one when they get done? I just miss them terribly. Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad.

Posted by Ari Spool | May 14, 2007 2:34 PM

I also lost my shit as hard as I could at every single show.

Careful, Ari. I think that's how hemorrhoids develop.

Posted by Paulus | May 14, 2007 4:48 PM

mmmm...the Gossip...

Posted by Dod | May 14, 2007 9:22 PM

i miss them too. make them play for us, ari, make them play!

Posted by shena | May 15, 2007 12:23 PM

unlistenable rubbish.

Posted by bw | May 15, 2007 12:56 PM

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