My first gig is kinda embarrassing. (Isn’t everyone’s?) Sha Na Na at the late (but not lamented) Warwick Musical Tent —with my entire family in tow. In my defense, I was just a kid and had grown up watching their TV show. (Wasn’t Bowser on Miami Vice? Or am I making that up?)
Our local Cutting Edge of Crapola station WBRU held a contest to win backstage passes and I was determined to be that lucky fan. Alas, I won second place: a cassette copy of Technique (oh the humiliation!) and two (crappy) pizzas. Oy. Thanks but no thanks.
Despite my disappointment about not meeting my musical heroes, it was a pretty damn fine show nonetheless. (Besides, it being post-Madchester, New Order was, in all likelihood, too collectively coked-up to be kicky backstage company.)
The poor Sugarcubes played to an anemic crowd. Björk admonished us to “Dance! Dance! It looks like an Icelandic disco out there!”
New Order, “Mesh” (from Factus 8, 1982)
Sugarcubes, “Delicious Demon” (from Life’s Too Good)
Public Image Ltd., “Public Image” (from Public Image)