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This isn't actually a new trend. Cheap Trick did a 2 nite stand at the Crocodile once where they covered their albums. Built To Spill once did a 3 album stand in a similar fashion at RCKCNDY.

Out of all the bands you listed, I would definitely put Harvey Danger in the "We are so totally deep artistic geniuses for doing this" category. :)

Posted by godsactionfigure | March 3, 2008 3:02 PM

It's not a new idea, but it's definitely and measurably becoming more popular.

The Harvey Danger show has a title that I didn't include: "Harvey Danger's 10th Anniversary Public Spectacle." I think they know where they stand.

Posted by Ari Spool | March 3, 2008 3:08 PM

The best, by eons, was suede, who did a residency in London, running through every album, one each night, for five shows.

Extraordinary. People were left shattered.

Everything should be capped off with such sadness and grace and joy.

Posted by Fawkes | March 3, 2008 5:18 PM

I think the best part about these shows is that you get exactly what's advertised. You never walk away wishing that they had played a certain song. You know what you're in for when you show up.

Posted by godsactionfigure | March 4, 2008 12:23 AM

The Cure's Trilogy performance was quite outstanding - far better than it should have been, in fact.

The Sparks run, however, may turn out to be the ultimate statement/throwdown of them all.

Posted by Side One, Track One | March 4, 2008 1:41 PM

My old band did that once at our cd release party... then we did covers for an encore. no big deal.

Posted by Ken | March 4, 2008 1:55 PM

The best one I remember was Wire, who in 1986 hired a cover band, Ex-Lion Tamers, to open for them by playing the entire "Pink Flag" LP, so Wire could play new songs.

Posted by Eric F | March 4, 2008 2:42 PM

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