I was not my best at wok Friday.
That's ok! I was good enough, and caught a cab downtown for a lovely dinner and briskly walked over and got in line at the perfect time.
I initially heard "Psycho Sluts From Hell", but it was actually Cycle Sluts From Hell, which I would have known if I'd read the little banner on the back wall. This was the same crew that Iggy Pop and Patti Smith in years past, and they have clearly found their genre. I was sure this band didn't actually exist (because how cool would that be?) until I looked them up, but notable tracks included their hit "I Wish You Were A Beer" and "By The Balls", both of those sentiments I can totally get behind.
In between bands, almost stealing the show, was someone dressed as Paul (who was away with The Whom). When Paul came back, I started shouting "Bring back the other Paul!" Sorry, Paul.
Up next was The Clash, and with Joe showing up dressed in a Polish Solidarity shirt, I knew this was going to be good. Despite apparently showing up shortly before going on (and having a little muddiness to the sound), they crushed "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", "London Calling", "Stand By Me". They dedicated their final song (was it "Police and Theives"?) to Trump and the KKK, because yes fuck those guys.
After doing Waylon Jennings last year, the same band took on Steve Earle this year. Like last year, this was solidly performed country with a big and delicious sound. At some point after "I Feel Alright Tonight" but before "The Revolution Starts Now", my buddy asked "Who's going ask for 'Copperhead Road'?", which turned out not to be necessary as that was the very last song.
Up next in full white tux regalia was Roxy Music, even bringing the saxophone into the mix. Slyly pulling off the ethereal essentials, the band glided through some of the best songs. My notes start getting really fuzzy here, but obviously they did "More Than This" and "Love Is The Drug" because it would be ridiculous not to.
REAL PAUL CAME BACK AROUND THIS POINT (geeze, these notes are terrible, maybe the phone is the move here).
After Roxy Music drifted offstage, Siouxsie and the Banshees drifted on in a sparkly cloud of gothic, post punk delight. I, being the uncultured swine that I am, only know "Cities in Dust" and "Peekaboo", neither of which they did. The feel of the music was very much pre-"Peepshow" and as a result rocked harder than what I listened to, but oh it was so well-done, and the hair and makeup was exactly right. EDIT: I deciphered "Passenger" from my notes and remembered that awesome track and the even more awesome horn section. Wow. I was. Yeah.
Continuing the trend back to harder rock from earlier albums, The Pretenders took the stage. They were so good, I've started an online petition to have Cheetie Kumar change her last name to "Hynde" (ok, I just made that up and no.). "Kid", "Brass In Pocket", were featured before rocketing all the way forward to now and (I think) "Blue Eyed Sky".
Featuring multiple Rolands, multiple Kurts, and multiple wigs; Tears for Fears put on a very-nearly-perfect set with possibly the best banter between the co-leads. Oh so saucy, snarky, and British. "Mad World", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Shout", and maybe one more.
Last up was a fully feathered Cyndi Lauper, with a keyboardist in drag and lady bassist in a moustache. I'm reminded that what was simply so unusual in the 80's is now considered something to legislate against by the general assembly. Anyway, this was very sweetly done and featured "Time After Time", "She Bob", a tear inducing "True Colors", and a gleeful "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" where all the ladies in the house were invited to take the stage. Such a joyful note to end on! We hopped into a cab at the soonest opportunity.
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