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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Say Hi: Robot Approved

posted by on July 26 at 12:34 PM

I missed the beginning of Les Savy Fav to watch Say Hi’s set at the Vera Stage—for that some would say I’m crazy, but I just really, really like their song “Northwestern Girls” and I really, really wanted to hear them play it (besides, I made it over there in time to see Tim Harrington strip to his skivvies and dance around in a crown and purple velvet robe). Not only did Say Hi play the song, but singer Eric Elbogen dedicated it to me because he saw what I wrote about the song earlier this month. Awe!

The song sounded great, by the way. Eric strained his voice during the chorus “It must be in the air heeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeee…” which made it sound like he really meant every word he sang. Their whole show was perfect—the sound was filled out a bit by the presence of a temporary third member attending to the keyboards. It was dusk, the sky was a deep blue, the white-lit stage made them look like bedroom pop angels.

Best of all, Say Hi’s set wasn’t tainted by the presence of the Toughest Guy in the Pit. Instead of a drunk jackass elbowing kids in the face, Say Hi’s crowd had a robot—a polite robot with cups for eyes and a flashing red and white heart.


Eric also dedicated a song to the robot, calling him Mr. Robot. When the crowd corrected him, telling him it was a girl, he stopped, grinned and said “I can die now. A girl in a robot suit at our show. With a flashing heart…” Then they played “Let’s Talk About Spaceships” and Eric did not die.

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