Live Show: 7/25/97
Reviewed by: Chris O'Malley, Zard Snodgrass, Chris Traugott
Yet another wonderful weekend of fru-triping. There were so many people
that were a part of this experience that I know I'll forget someone's name.
I'll just start from the beginning and we'll see what happens. :-)
I was in Boston for a class for work, but managed to get the scheduling
organized so I could be back in Syracuse in time for the Styleen's show. After
dealing with a delayed flight, I got into Syracuse at around eight in the evening,
and picked up my friend Kevin (he goes to SU and was with me at the last Syracuse
show). Moxy wasn't scheduled to go on till eleven, so we had plenty o' time.
Saw various fruheads in line before the show (Katie, Charlie, and others), and
after a while of waiting, they let us in to see the opening band (Mrs. Smith).
I ended up going to the patio/outdoor
area to get some fresh air, and that's when most people started trickling in (Dan J,
Heather, Jenn, Chris & Zard, Mike & Kelly, and others). We all caught up with one
another's adventures and eagerly awaited Moxy's arrival on stage.
Moxy went on a tad past eleven, playing for almost two hours. They definitely
were having a ball up on stage, and the set was very non-traditional. Extended
teases, jokes, and covers galore!! There were three encores, which I'd never seen
before at a show. Mike mentioned the crossword puzzle, which was very cool.
Afterwards, we hung out and talked with the guys, chatted with one another,
and stayed until the bar kicked us out at 2am. Once outside, we waited for AAA
to come and unlock Jenn's car, and listened to the tape of the show in my car.
We finally headed out around three in the morning, and Heather, Mike, Kelly and
I went to Utica to stay at Kelly's parents. The rest of the clan went to a hotel,
and we all planned on meeting up at various times in Hillsdale the following
All in all, an amazing show, and a start to a phenomenal weekend of fruving!!
Hillsdale, here we come!!
From Zard Snodgrass:
I'll try to attempt an abortive review of the shows this weekend, but I
find that when SO MUCH wonderful has gone on, it's hard to narrow down
what to type up, and I find myself stumped by the magnitude of the task.
Hopefully others will take up the slack! (and probably are doing so as I
Chris T. and I cruised in at 10:30 pm, as the opening band was finishing
up, and got pounced on by Heatherrr and Jenn as we walked in - it's very
fun to arrive in a town you've never been and walk into a strange venue,
and immediately know a large part of the crowd! Met up with Chris
O'Malley, Mike and Kelly, Dan J., Kevin (friend of Chris O'M's)... I liked
Styleen's a lot - liked the fact that the bar is separate from the stage
area, liked that there was a step to stand on so I could actually see
(having gotten in late, we didn't get a spot right up front), and liked
that there was an outdoor patio, which was great for cooling off and
hanging out. I'd go back in a flash!! It was pretty packed - much moreso
than I was expecting, so I assume their Syr. audience is increasing!
The show was good and long, full of lots of off-the-cuff jamming,
including a cover of Human League's "Don't You Want Me Baby" - a flashback
to my younger days! (and filled in with a few "something, something,
something's" until they got to the chorus!)
(AACCCKKK!!! A SPIDER JUST RAN ACROSS MY KEYBOARD! IF I TYPE FUNKY,
Let's see, Chris O'M should have the whole set list up at some point, but
I'll give it a go - Down From Above, Horseshoes (Dave broke a string), On
Her Doorstep, Bed and Breakfast (noooo....I'M KIDDING about the last 2
there!!! - sorry, had to see if you were reading carefully! :)), Fly,
Authors, River Valley (question - does anyone remember seeing them NOT do
River Valley? Also, who has seen them do Authors not followed by River
Valley, or RV not preceded by Authors? It seems to be like Queen's "We
Will Rock You" has to be followed by "We Are the Champions" - two
different songs that always go together. Joined at the hip, so to say.
There was a Beach Boys jam, they skipped KoS and GEH - they said that it
was a treat (human treat?!) to be able to play a longer show, since
they're doing so many folk fests with shorter shows for people who may not
know them that well, so they have to do all the more accessible stuff and
can't play around as much. Get in the Car, MM, Boss?, Incredible Medicine
They apparently moved BJ and Video B'ville out of the main setlist and put
them in as one of the encores (of which there were three). Love Potion,
Billy Jian, and Drinking Song to finish. I know I left heaps out, but it
was fantastic! A bummer that a contingent of Fruheads was stalled in NYC
thanks to car mishaps - no one hurt, except for having to miss this show -
UGH! The crowd was WAY into the show (as shown by the 3 encores - but it
was weird to hear BJ and VB toward the end - it felt like they were
starting the show all over again. Not that I'd complain..)
We all hung out in the courtyard afterwards, cooling off from all the
dancing, and meeting other folks, such as Lara, Sandy from Ohio, and many
others. A great beginning to another fantastic weekend! And HOW WORTH IT
it was to drive up after work! More LATE Friday shows would be great!
Gives those of us who work 9-5 a chance to travel a little futher and
still get there in time!
From Chris Tragoutt:
Oh my! These reviews are getting harder and harder to write, as they are
filled with so many new people, such great music and such special moments.
Zard and I arrived in Syracuse around 10:30, and were greeted at the door
to Styleen's by a flurry of arms and long blond hair which turned out to
be Jenn and Heather. Met up with Andre and Alison (aka Pete the Dog and
the Recovering Infidel), Mike and Kelly Santa Lucia (aka fru-family),
Chris O'Malley (all hail the web-master) and his friend Kevin, and Dan
"the Shadow" Joblanski. We staked out our spots at various places around
the stage, stretched out and prepared to jam. Styleen's is a fairly small
venue and was pretty well packed with fruheads, fru-fans and curious
on-lookers who all got into the music pretty quickly. The fru-lads came
out, led by Mike who had the "wicked-gleam-in-his-eye" that signals a good
show. And a good show it was! Started off with Down from Above and then
Lazlo's career, with a bridge (i don't know what it is really called, but
when a performer segues from one song into the next without interruption)
into It's Too Cold (I love those two songs together and was glad to hear
the combination). Lots of stage banter and fooling around, including a
little chat session on table hockey and homosexuality, jokes about a radio
interview shared with a wrestler, an on the spot version of "Don't You
Want Me" (Human League), and a very bopping version of the Love Potion #9
medley complete with "in front of the microphone" bass solo. (who was a
After the show we got to meet candi and clarisse from Rome, NY, who
hopefully will show up on the ng soon, as well as tons of other folks
whose names I have forgotten (sorry, all, I'm usually at a loss for words
after a good concert :-) ) and hung out outside to cool off a bit. Talked
a bit with Dave, Mike and Murray after the show, they seemed full of
energy and happy with the performance.
Finally made it to a hotel room about 3 am, got a few minutes of sleep,
(literally) and then headed out the next morning for falconridge.
Click the description to get the pic:
- Moxy appears on stage greeted by some music that sounds
like an old grammophone (out of the 30's or 40's) - actually, from
listening to the tape, it was "Cheek to Cheek".
- Down From Above
- Mike jumps into an extended tease of "Surfin' USA", with modified lyrics, of course.
- Murray: That's a new song of ours, look for that on our new album,
"Beach Boys Greatest Hits"
- Lazlo's Career
- At the end of the song, they immediately merge into...
- It's Too Cold
- The second verse is removed.
- Jian: Hello, Syracuse people! It's only our second time here. How
many people of you are actually from Syracuse? Because I see a lot
of faces from Rochester. Who's here from Albany? Buffalo?
- Murray: 10 angry Buffalonians, the new movie.
- I Love My Boss
- "Who knows what Johny Vegas will be bringing?"
- Instead of "examples", Jian says "Shaq".
- Jian teases the crowd with the final "I love my".
- Mike: Broadway bound!
- Murray: Thank you for your continuing efforts which have
made GM the number one automaker for 3 years running!
- Mike: Murray, we didn't get the GM gig
- Jian: But they hired Paul Beaston.
- Murray: Canada is just a pipeline of talent.
- Jian, in an English accent: So we have a brand new record.
This is the first record from the record. In England, they
call the single the record.
- Get in the Car
- Jian says "in Hanson!" after Dave sings "Baby's enhancin'"
- Jian: Once the pain fades away...
- Murray: And the physical scars heal...
- Jian: And the fantasies start, so I say to her "Your new
boyfriend's a right wing shit".
- Your New Boyfriend
- Mike: Right Wing Shit is the name of an alter ego of another
band we have. Just 'cause we like the way it sounds in the headlines
in England. "The Right Wing Shits arrived today, with Dave-o getting
off the plane first".
- Jian: What was the name of that band on the radio this morning?
- Mike: Them Jazz Beards.
- Jian talks about how that morning they did a radio show in Rochester.
It was with "The Wease".
- Jian: We didn't know what we were in for. Other than the
sexism and the homophobia, it was great. It was fun, except for
when this wrestler guy was on. He's beating people up with
a VCR. Extreme violence wrestling. So we're both guests
on this show, and before we left we had to do "Gulf War". It
was very surreal being next to this wrestler and singing
this song. There's a jazz band playing in Rochester tonight
called "Them Jazz Beards".
- Mike: It's a perfect thing when youth get in trouble, and
start getting into jazz. It's because of those jazz cigarettes.
- Jian: Gangsta jazz.
- Dave: I wonder if Bubba Rae Dudley's (the wrestler) family ever
got into jazz. Wease asked him if he had any brothers. There
was Big Daddy Dudley, Big Dick Dudley...
- Murray: There's always a Big Daddy in there somewhere.
- Mike: It's a big family that can one day take a trip.
- Dave: And soon they will.
- Murray: Masters of the segue, Moxy Fruvous.
- Jian: 14 minutes later, they went into a song.
- You Will Go to the Moon
- Kick in the Ass
- Murray: Kick in the Ass, Moxy Fruvous' bloodletting song.
- Jian: We have a longish set planned. If you're not in for the
duration, just leave now!
- Jian talks about some of the upcoming festival shows they'll be
doing. He discusses how in a venue like Styleen's, they can play
songs they normally can't at festivals.
- Jian: I'd like to dedicate this next song to Michael, who
gave me a letter before the show, and I hear ya.
- Murray: Did someone say Pluto? Wrong band.
- Murray: This next song is about a modern wonder. Some people
would like to live in the 60's, or the 40's. But there's one
bonus we have now, and that's a certain ability we have, to fix
ourselves if we have the money.
- The Incredible Medicine Show
- Boo Time
- Mike's voice was through distortion for this song.
- The guys do some quick Ben Folds Five teases.
- Jian: If you have some extra money when you're picking
up a Moxy Fruvous CD, buy one of their CDs.
- Murray: Kind of a spare change band.
- Jian intros the next song as an old one, and about what
it was like when Bill Clinton was elected.
- Stuck in the 90's
- "sounds like more George Pataki"
- Murray: It's damned hot in here. It doesn't help wearing Dave's pants (Dave
had leather pants on).
- Dave: Should I take my pants off? I think it would bring the tone down.
- Jian: I want you to take your pants off.
- Dave: I'll take 'em off for you after the show.
- Jian: What else is new?
- Murray: Oh, that funny homosexual banter that we do.
- Jian: So we're on the Wease's show this morning. We told him
how we used to have a Coleco table top hockey league. If anyone
wants to play us, we'll play ya, cause we'll fucking kill ya! We
had players with names engraved on the back. We thought this was
cool, but Wease called us fags.
- Dave, talking with a lisp: We told him, jesus Weasey, don't
talk like that.
- Jian: We don't mind being called fags, just don't insult our hockey league.
- Murray: And now there's 47 people saying, "Are they fags?"
- Dave: Don't insult our hockey league, especially when we're doing our chicks.
And driving our hogs.
- Murray: And now there's 112 people going, "Are they fags?"
- Mike: We want to be free to drive our machines without being
hassled by the man.
- Jian starts drumming on the dumbek, and after some technical
issues, they start this fast little jam. It mutates into
Human League's "Don't You Want Me Baby?". They have some problems with the words in the
verses. :-) They immediately go right into...
- No No Raja
- Jian has some funky reverb on his voice during this one.
- Jian and Mike do some quick lines from various tunes.
- Jian thanks the people who are outside on the patio.
- Murray: Here's a song that Mike came up with in a dream,
and in the dream he was a polar bear, and he was looking for
a blue light.
- Jian: It's so hot.
- Dave: I know, but I love it, it's like Dr. Zhivo (sp?), I got
all my vinyl shit on and I'm sweating like a pig. Remember that
Zhivo stuff, it was something you wore that was supposed to melt
- Mike: It was released by the same people who released
'Swedish Hair Away'. Remember that tape? (Mike uses a sound
reminicent of tape being ripped off your body)
- Jian starts drumming, Mike does some commentary ("just put
the tape on the parts of your body where you don't want hair"),
and they start singing "Swedish Hair Away".
- Michigan Militia
- Johnny Saucep'n
- Jian: Syracuse is cool.
- Murray: And hot.
- My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors
- Jian, during the drum intro: Who's been to Toronto? See,
that's cool, when you're in NY, people realize that people from
Toronto don't live in igloos.
- Jian stops drumming: You know what else is cool? These towels,
it's very nice, but I really forgot my Towels From Home.
- The guys do a few modified lines from Towels From Home. "They came
on boats, they came on planes, they came from all over the place,
they came on towels from home".
- Murray: A 10 part series on A&E.
- The song resumes.
- "I was looking straight"
- "Pulp Fiction"
- "Who needs a grave? He's Robertson Davies!"
- The audience yells "turning pages" at the end. Murray: That's my line!
- River Valley
- Jian thanks the crowd for coming, Styleen's, Johny Vegas,
- Murray plays a little "Can't touch this" on the bass.
- Mike does "2 legit 2 quit".
- Dave thanks Mrs. Smith.
- Love Potion #9 Medley
- Ohio, Stayin' Alive, Jungle Boogie riff,
Who Will Save Your Soul?, "Who will save Jewel's soul?",
"I'm heartbroken, she's outspoken, that's
the kind of love that keeps your love...", Love Shack,
You Oughtta Know, "would she go down on Meredith Brooks, that bitch!"
- B.J. Don't Cry
- Mike, during the drum intro: This song goes out to our good
little friend, he's a monkey, his name is Sassafrasssss.
He's a big fan of Styleen's Rhythm Palace (Mike
holds the 's' sound at the end of 'Palace'). It's a tale about a fish boy.
- "hooka and a brush"
- "every Thursday hit the Roxy"
- "looked a little Oscar Wilden ... but he'd rather be hanging out at Styleen's"
- Video Bargainville
- For the verses, Jian's voice is put through distortion.
- The guys do a quick tease of "Kung Fu Fighting".
- Dave: We don't go for that take a couple songs, change a few
lyrics, and slap 'em together thing. We don't go that way.
So here's a brand new one.
- Billie Jean Medley
- Mike thanks me for doing the web site (I was all smiles!! :-)
and plugs the first crossword puzzle.
- Jian: The winner gets a very special prize.
- The Drinking Song
Some other tidbits from the performance include:
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