Moxy Früvous are four cute and clever young guys from York University, and they drew a screaming, young croud to the McPherson Theatre Tuesday night. The Moxies gave their exuberant fans a two-hour-plus show that could have used some judicious trimming, but the screamers weren't complaining.
The Toronto quartet has an impressive cannon of funny, topical songs honed in their formitive years as street buskers. Their performance paused only briefly to make political points, with the Reform Party's immigration policy catching the most flak. During a sing-along version of Cab Calloway's trademark tune, Minnie the Moocher, Moxie Früvous took a strip off Harcourt's Clayoquot clearcut crowd too.
The audience ate it up, screaming indiscriminately at everything the boys said. They cheered the group's rearks about keeping Quebec in Canada and cheered even louder when mid-set the group announced the Blue Jays' 10-3 win in game 3 of the World Series.
A goofy take-off on the '60's British invasion, a dead-in-the-water reading of I Can See Clearly Now, and a lot of in-joke babbling should have been edited out of the lengthy show. Stuck in the 90's, My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors, King of Spain, The Lazy Boy, and a theatrical rap version of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham fared much better... in fact, the were effervescent, goofy fun.