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By: gunter habets about 4 years ago

In the fall of 1993, Fugazi embarked on their second Japan / Australia / New Zealand tour. Having played just three concerts in Japan in 1991 (two in Tokyo and one in Osaka), the band threw in some more dates this time around, adding up to 5 gigs, Osaka the first stopover.

Considering Fugazi was an established band by now, debuting on the Billboard charts following the release of the In on the Kill Taker album in June 1993 and having performed several obliterating concerts at 3000+ cap venues such as the Roseland Ballroom in New York, I find it quite striking these Japanese shows played out at moderate venues, drawing select audiences (it is noted a mere 100 participants attended the Osaka show).

Still, even though there is not much going on in terms of in-between song chatter or audience feedback, I find these Japanese gigs well worth visiting (see my earlier ravings about the 1993 Tokyo shows).

This Osaka recording might be my least favourite of the 1993 Japanese string of shows, but this is essentially due to the lesser audio quality - note that the vocals sound a bit distant and that the low end frequencies (bass in particular) are rather indistinct most of the time.

However, from the recording it is clear that the band does put in the energy and zeal to convince its listeners, offering a selection of 23 songs which is very much to my liking, drawing generously from the Kill Taker album (9 songs), followed by Steady Diet of Nothing (5), Repeater (4), 3 Songs seven-inch (1), Margin Walker EP (3) and the 7 Songs EP (1).

Note that this Osaka recording includes the only live rendering of Turnover on the Japanese leg of the 1993 tour.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0599 Fugazi Osaka Japan 10/31/1993

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Show Date:
 1993-10-31
Venue:
 AM Hall
Door Price:
 3500 yen
Attendance:
 190
Played with:
 Yu
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 DAT
Sound Quality:
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Facet Squared
3. Public Witness Program
4. And The Same
5. Turnover
6. Interlude 1
7. Instrument
8. Cassavetes
9. Reclamation
10. Exit Only
11. Interlude 2
12. Waiting Room
13. Margin Walker
14. Song #1
15. Interlude 3
16. Smallpox Champion
17. Returning The Screw
18. Interlude 4
19. Nice New Outfit
20. Long Division
21. Runaway Return
22. Interlude 5
23. Great Cop
24. Interlude 6
25. Walken's Syndrome
26. Promises
27. Encore
28. Sieve-Fisted Find
29. Repeater
30. Interlude 7
31. Blueprint
32. Sweet and Low
33. Outro

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