An Encounter with Gossip

Posted by The G on May 23, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Beth Ditto and Geoffrey Dicker

Beth Ditto and Geoffrey Dicker

I love Gossip!  Not actual gossip, but the band Gossip.  The trio was in town to perform a record release show for their great new album “A Joyful Noise” which was released on May 22, 2012.  If you don’t know the music of Gossip, definitely check them out.  And on new tracks such as “Move in the Right Direction” just try and sit still while the song plays.  It’s impossible!   They started off as a punk rock band (and lead singer Beth Ditto has a set of pipes on her that makes you realize she was born to perform) and have recently been exploring dancier territory.

Brace Paine and Geoffrey Dicker

Brace Paine and Geoffrey Dicker

If you’ve never seen Gossip live, I highly recommend it as their shows are high energy with Beth Ditto running all over the stage and they tend to always throw in an unexpected cover.  In the past, I’ve heard Grace Jones’ “Pull Up To The Bumper” and Wham’s “Careless Whisper.”

Hannah Blilie and Geoffrey Dicker

Hannah Blilie and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks Gossip for rockin’ and, of course, for being so cool!

Review: Garbage live at Webster Hall

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Shirley Manson of Garbage

I am so pleased to utter a sentence I’ve been waiting to say for seven years: Garbage is back!  The alt-rock quartet made their return to the New York stage on May 22, 2012, with a way-sold out show at Webster Hall.  In the mid-90s when Garbage first hit the scene, they were able to penetrate my ears when I was basically only listening to classic rock, 80s music and R&B/funk.  Bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana did nothing for me at the time because I just couldn’t understand the usage of screeching guitars in the music, but Garbage brought me over to the “dark side,” if you will.  Also, in the pre-mix CD/iPod era, our musical attention spans were much greater and I remember wearing out (and never skipping tracks on) Garbage’s self-titled debut as well as Version 2.0 (which would rank high on my top albums of all time list, should I ever get around to making one).  I mention these two types of feelings because I heard them expressed over and over again at their show.

Shirley Manson of Garbage

Shirley Manson of Garbage

At the stroke of 9 PM, the wait at last was over.  Garbage hit the stage and for nearly 2 hours, they slayed the audience with a hit-packed set that was anything but garbage.  Before the night was over, the band played the first track off each of their 5 records, generous selections from each album, including their new and independently released record “Not Your Kind of People,” their two soundtrack hits (“The World Is Not  Enough” from the James Bond movie of the same name and “#1 Crush” from “Romeo and Juliet”) as well as a few non-single gems like “Metal Heart” and “Supervixen.”

Duke Erikson of Garbage

Duke Erikson of Garbage

Garbage has so many hits that most bands would have saved tracks like “Stupid Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Push It” or “Why Do You Love Me” for the encore, but instead, they were just peppered into the main set, which of course made the crowd go extra wild.  Shirley Manson talked about how it was great to be back and in the 7 years that they’ve been away, they’ve gone through a lot personally with new additions to families and many losses as well.  She also introduced the band, something very uncommon to see at a Garbage concert (and I know as I’ve seen them many times in many different sized venues).

Steve Marker of Garbage

Steve Marker of Garbage

The show, which will be on my top shows list of 2012 (out of hundreds of bands I will see before this year is up), had so many highlights that it’s hard to even think of all of them.  However, the second song of the night “Temptation Waits” with its wonderful lyrics such as “I’ll tell you something/I am a wolf but I like to wear sheep’s clothing” got the crowd revved up and before launching into the lyrics of “#1 Crush,” Shirley sang the chorus of Madonna’s “Erotica.”  It was also great to hear “Cherry Lips” from their last album “Bleed Like Me” and the new single “Blood For Poppies.”

Shirley Manson of Garbage

Shirley Manson of Garbage

With a 21 song set list, there’s no way to complain about song omissions, but just to show how many great songs Garbage have, here’s s a few singles that were not played:  When I Grow Up, Special, You Look So Fine, Androgyny, Breaking Up the Girl and Bleed Like Me. For the fans keeping track of what songs from what albums were played, here’s a break down:

Garbage: Supervixen, Vow, Queer, Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains, Milk

Version 2.0: Temptation Waits, I Think I’m Paranoid, Push It, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

Beautiful Garbage: Shut Your Mouth, Cherry Lips

Bleed Like Me: Bad Boyfriend, Metal Heart, Why Do You Love Me

Not Your Kind of People: Automatic Systematic Habit, Blood For Poppies, Battle In Me, Bright Big World

Non-Album Tracks: The World Is Not Enough, #1 Crush

Shirley Manson and Butch Vig

Shirley Manson and Butch Vig

Welcome back Garbage!  The show was anything but garbage.  Although Shirley Manson said that New York crowds are very tough to please, I didn’t hear anyone say one bad thing about the show as I rocked away into the night.

After the jump, see the set list.

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