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By: gunter habets - 6 months ago - permalink - flag

Exactly three months after their very first live performance at the Wilson Center in D.C., Fugazi returns to this venue to deliver some more. And as tentative as their first gig might have been, the band (now joined by Guy on vocals) is quickly shaping up to become the outspoken outfit that is known and remembered to this day; as would often be the case, Ian basically doesn't pass up an opportunity to try and engage his listeners.
I quite enjoyed this recording, for a number of reasons. For one, it is Joe Lally's birthday show and fortunately his bass overall sounds tremendously thick and buttery in the mix for the occasion.
Early comers were in for a treat as well on this particular night, as the band plays through the arrangements that would make up the songs Lockdown and Suggestion, released as part of the Margin Walker EP (1989) and 7 Songs EP (1988) respectively.
Mark Andersen provides some opening remarks after which KYEO lights this sucker up; note that the early live versions of this song include a fast part before the breakdown riff and chorus, and as such differ distinctly from the eventual official studio take.
The band then decides to "break some voodoo" catapulting the (up until then) usual set closer The Word toward the beginning of the set. An intermezzo about overthrowing school is up next, followed by Song #1 which Ian dedicates to his sister Amanda who is being thrown out of school.
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By: gunter habets - 6 months ago - permalink - flag

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During Interlude 2 Ian states that "the PA man fucked up and put an extra mic up here" insisting "anyone who wants to sing or something to come on up and use it because otherwise it goes to waste, what the fuck". It seems someone actually picks up on this during And The Same, laying down some "ooooooooooooh" singalong vocals if you listen closely.
Since the band does not have an official release under its belt at this point, lyric sheets are still being distributed to familiarise listeners with the topics at hand. Ian refers to these sheets repeatedly during this gig, to introduce songs and to try and get attendees to participate.
As mentioned in the previous comment, Furniture is introduced as "a song we did yesterday, 8:30 am Fugazi live at BCC High School for a video" (according to the side-notes of that show, only about 10 people attended the event; unfortunately, the tape of that performance has been lost since).
As to the rest of the set list, both Break-in and Waiting Room stand out for me personally. Break-in because of Guy's fierce leading vocals and Ian's aggressive guitar play that provides for a tailored setting; Waiting Room because of the prolonged bass intro, allowing Joe to shine as Ian literally talks the listeners through the song arrangements.
All in all, I would say the mix of this recording is definitely enjoyable, although some of the acoustics seem to suffer slight volume drops, especially during some of the more energetic outbursts.


By: David Fischer - 8 months ago - permalink - flag

During interlude 3, Ian says that they played Furniture at the high school show the day before (at 8:30am!). He kind of made it sound like they only played that song, or at least not a full set.
Also, an emocore reference before Turn Off Your Guns.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0008 Fugazi Washington, DC USA 12/03/87

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Show Date:
 1987-12-03
Venue:
 Wilson Center
Door Price:
 $5
Attendance:
 300
Played with:
 Soulside, The Hated, Thorns
Recorded by
 ANON
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 Cassette
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Lockdown Instrumental
3. Suggestion Instrumental
4. Opening Remarks
5. KYEO
6. The Word
7. Interlude 1
8. Song #1
9. Interlude 2
10. And The Same
11. Merchandise
12. Interlude 3
13. Furniture
14. Interlude 4
15. Break-In
16. Bad Mouth
17. Interlude 5
18. In Defense of Humans
19. Turn Off Your Guns
20. Waiting Room
21. Outro

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