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By: gunter habets 3 months ago permalink

The fourth out of five Fugazi live performances in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee over the years, and the second out of three times the venue of choice turned out to be the Electric Ballroom.
Excerpts from this infamous, and definitely confrontational, high-strung show (even more so than the Nashville gig on the previous evening) are featured in the Fugazi documentary Instrument by Jem Cohen, cf. partial footage of Joe #1 featuring a fan on trumpet (it doesn’t add much musically but kudos to the guy for playing with the band on such a turbulent occasion), Reclamation, Bed For The Scraping, By You and Promises.
Unfortunately, the encore of the gig is missing, and with it alas that infamous scene from the aforementioned Cohen documentary, in which Ian holds some punk in a chokehold and (unsuccessfully) tries to get the character to apologize through the mic for spitting on him, before personally escorting him to the door.
Still, 15 songs have been preserved for posterity and are presented here in an overall impeccable audio quality. The Red Medicine album is predominant (5 songs), with Steady Diet (3 songs) and the Kill Taker (2 songs) following suit. The other recordings available at that time add to the (partial) set list, with one song each.
The performance is dependable overall, yet Promises, the instrumental take on Pink Frosty, or Blueprint are some of the songs which stand out for me personally.

By: Aaron Greear almost 4 years ago permalink

I recently found my original ticket to this show. It was one of those shows that makes a high school kid fall in love with live music. Love fugazi and loved the ballroom.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0786 Fugazi Knoxville, TN USA 4/12/96

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Show Date:
 Electric Ballroom
Door Price:
Played with:
 Branch Manager, Blast Off Country Style
Recorded by
 Nick Pellicciotto
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
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The infamous Knoxville show as documented in the film "Instrument". Sadly, the encore was not recorded.

Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Joe #1
3. Facet Squared
4. Do You Like Me
5. Interlude 1
6. Reclamation
7. Interlude 2
8. Rend It
9. Interlude 3
10. Stacks
11. Interlude 4
12. Target
13. Promises
14. Bulldog Front
15. Bed For The Scraping
16. Interlude 5
17. By You
18. Fell, Destroyed
19. Interlude 6
20. Pink Frosty Instrumental
21. Long Division
22. Blueprint

Please Note: Available recordings have been mastered to correct for volume shifts, drop outs, etc. but some sonic anomalies will still exist, especially early in the set when the mix is being settled. The band has rated each show for sound quality and set the general price of a download at $5 per show. If you have a different price in mind feel free to utilize the alternative pricing option.