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The Soft Boys
April 10, 2001
Knitting Factory
Los Angeles, CA

Setlist

Kingdom Of Love
Pulse Of My Heart
Tonight
Old Pervert
My Mind Is Connected To Your Dreams
Insanely Jealous
Human Music
Leppo And The Jooves
Bells Of Rhymney
I Wanna Destroy You
Only The Stones Remain
Sudden Town
Underwater Moonlight

First Encore
Band Intros
Astronomy Domine
Rock 'n' Roll Toilet
Mr. Kennedy

Second Encore
You'll Have To Go Sideways
I Got The Hots For You
Queen Of Eyes
Give It To The Soft Boys

Third Encore
Where Are The Prawns?
The Face Of Death

Reviews

From Marc Holden

Another incredible show. Robyn looked like he was having fun and smiled frequently. The Young Fresh Fellows were great. Grant Lee Phillips joined them for A Day in the Life (they called Robyn too, but he didn't show up until late in the song, and he just watched from the side of the stage). Curt Bloch (YFF guitarist) seemed to be very excited to be there--really animated all night. He played during the Soft Boys' second encore, including leading everyone on "Give It to the Soft Boys"--Robyn sang it again.

The Soft Boys really nailed it tonight. Everything sounded great. The guitars were louder and vocals seemed stronger than in San Francisco. The encores were amazing.

From Eb-san

I approached this show with a slightly different attitude, I guess. I wasn't particularly excited about a Soft Boys Reunion Show, per se -- I was more excited about simply seeing Robyn play a lot of his great, early songs which I haven't seen performed before. Rew did add significant spark to certain songs where he and Robyn traded lead licks, but otherwise, I didn't feel like this lineup had a "unique magic" far beyond other bands I've seen behind Robyn. And Rew's contribution is sorta necessarily unusual, since he's the only "lead guitar"-style player Robyn has ever used. (Uhh...isn't he?)

I don't have a setlist, but I'm sure others will supply that. The big news for Fgz who saw other dates is that the band did include "I Got the Hots" as one of the encore tunes. Robyn preceded it with an apologetic introduction about not having played the song for XX years, and it being kinda rough. And it was. But by then, the three non-drumming Young Fresh Fellows were also onstage, and added plenty of juice to the performance. Ditto for "Queen of Eyes," "Give It to the Soft Boys," "You Have to Go Sideways" (well, this song only included one Fellow) and "The Face of Death." But, how did I get to the encore? I'm having trouble staying sequential, today. I felt like the Soft Boys' performance was strong, but noticeably uneven. The intensity went up and down, from song to song. Some tunes had the old fire, others just didn't. "Tonight," "I Wanna Destroy You" and "Kingdom of Love" didn't, sad to say. They just weren't wound tight enough, and my mind's eye (picturing a young, intense, glowering Robyn) was instead greeted with the older, casual, lay-back-and-swivel Robyn. Didn't quite work for me. (It also didn't help that one of the Bologna & Fart People behind me was loudly singing all the "IIIIIIIIIIIIIII's" in "Destroy You," with little regard for pitch. Ouch. Two other B&Fers also hooted and aggressively flipped off Robyn, when he introduced "Destroy You" with some anti-Dubya comments. Blah.)

On the other hand, the band seemed to jump to life with the more rhythmically jagged tunes. "Leppo & the Jooves," "Old Pervert" (obviously the highlight of Rew's night), "Insanely Jealous" and "Only the Stones Remain" were all fantastic, for instance. If I'm thinking of the right song, Robyn really put his all into the latter tune, adding all sorts of illustrative (that's illustrative, not "quirky") hand gestures to the verses. There were also a few songs with inspired guitar duels between Robyn and Kimberley, but I can't quite name which ones they were. "Underwater Moonlight"? "Where are the Prawns"? That rare "Kennedy" song? I'm just not sure. I wasn't taking notes, on paper. Everyone who saw the previous dates knows which ones, anyway. Possibly "Astronomy Domine" -- that was exciting to see performed, though it could've been played better.

I guess I don't have anything further to say. So many of the details are redundant from other reviews, anyway. Now I can say I've seen the Soft Boys, and that's the bottom line.

The night's best heckle/request, yelled from the back of the room: "'ANGLEPOISE LAMP,' YOU GEEZERS!!" Heh.


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