Sweetwater Cafe .

Mill Valley. CA .6-2-97



Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997

Here is the setlist for Robyn's show at the Sweetwater Cafe in Mill Valley, CA on 02 June 1997. Some comments and personal observations 


Soundcheck (Flourescent green trousers and a blank charcoal T-Shirt):

Chinese Bones, 

Don't Even Think About It, 

[Tim on acoustic, Robyn on electric]

Alright, Yeah

I'm Set Free


Main Set (Same green trousers; white shirt w/black polka dots):

[Acoustic; Martin guitar]

Gene Hackman


I Don't Remember Guilford

Clean Steve (w/harmonica) ("You could have knocked him down with 

Marin County...if you could afford it...")

[Tim joined him playing acoustic guitar]

Madonna Of The Wasps

Jewels For Sophia

I Saw Nick Drake

Dark Princess

Glass Hotel (I think he left out a verse)

[Electric; Blue Telecaster]

You And Oblivion

Insect Mother


Only The Stones Remain



[Electric; Dark green shirt w/little black diamonds]

Autumn Is Your Last Chance

[Tim returned on acoustic] 

Queen Of Eyes ("We're going to play this at 1980 speed.") 

Queen Elvis (w/harmonica) ("By 1989, I was writing songs I swore 

I would never write.") 

Beautiful Queen


Second Encore w/o Tim


("This is dedicated to the former Chris Hamburger who let me make 

some demos about 20 years ago.")

I Often Dream Of Trains


This is among the best shows I've ever seen, Robyn or otherwise. Robyn's stage banter was fresh and spontaneous and Tim Keegan was the perfect complement. He looked a bit like Robyn's little brother. The humorous interplay between the two of them was reminiscent of the old days with Andy and Morris (I guess if one spends enough time with Robyn, the humour begins to rub off).

Good crowd (100-125). Enthusiastic applause and laughter accompanied nearly everything Robyn sang or said.

I had the good fortune to meet Eddie Tews who drove all the way from Redmond, WA to see the show. Thanks for the Soft Boys tape, Eddie.

Beer report:

Good, but expensive. Anderson Valley Boont Amber and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout on Tap (Yummy!!! :)) However, it was $3.75 per pint (OUCH!). Fortunately, my friend Nathan and I arrived early enough to take advantage of the Happy Hour price of $2.50 ;)

Other observations:

1. Robyn certainly seems to draw the babes to his shows

2. The help at Sweetwater was extremely rude

3. See #1

Rock on, kids!!!


--g Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 1

Eddie Tews.

Subject: looking for someone to investigate me

sydney has already posted the sacramento setlist, but in addition let me report that i heard part of the soundcheck. they played, among others, which i did not hear: Hey Joe (except that instead of shooting his woman down, he was shooting, "his other self",) Elizabeth Jade, Allright, Yeah, and Oceanside. as you've no doubt heard, the mill valley show was spectacular. i pulled a real boner though, messing up the taping of it. i took a called third strike in the ninth, dropped a touchdown pass, missed agame-winning free throw etc.

My Encounters with Robyn:

after robyn's soundcheck at mill valley, and before tim's, he went out to talk to some friends of his in the audience, and passing by me,pointed at my lapel and said, "Nice."

i of course assumed he was pointing at the microphone pinned on my coat, and, as i was already somewhat unnerved, this being my first attempt at taping a concert, i decided i'd ask him permission. so after he was done chatting, i went up and said, 

"hey robyn? i've heard you don't mind, as long as its discrete."

"what?" sez he.

"taping," sez i, "isn't that why you said 'nice'?"

"oh...taping's fine, but i was talking about this" he said, grabbing the thoth button located a couple of inches away from the mic, "made this yourself?"

"no," i answered, somewhat incredulous, "i got it from the fan club.from sandra and trudi."

"you bought it?"

"well, it came with the membership package." [a note from the editor:

we believe this package included said thoth button, the carolyn hamilton

discography, two 'professor' postcards, and a package of soft boys

buttons. but that was a long time ago, so don't hold us to it.]

"i thought they were bigger than that. did it always have these spots?"

he asked, referring to the brown blotches that now ring the perimeter.

"nah, that's just age i guess. i've been wearing this forever."

then i asked him if he was really a socialist, as i'd heard in the radio interview. he thought about it for a while, and said yes, or at least that he couldn't see any possible use for capitalism. gave a nice little sermon, actually, though he was preaching to the choir, of course. i was going to put in a few good words for bakunin, but his manager [a pretty swell guy, incidentally] came up and started talkingto him, and that was that.

the next night, while sydney and some other blokes were getting their (blokes is a term of affection, right. if not, then, sydney and someother mates were) getting their epidermis autographed, and i told him that i love GROOVY DECAY, even knowing that he hates it. he replied,and please notice the quotation marks, 

"those are good songs, but i

hated the sessions. and that colors your opinion of the record." i

would have said "great" songs, but there you have it anyway. straight from the horse's, er, lobsterman's mouth: an endorsement of GROOVY DECAY!

i then told him that in my opinion the KERSHAW version of 52 Stations was out of this world, and he expressed great surprise that that song was on that record, even asking me if i was sure. (i am. i think.)

My Encounters with Steve:

steve came up to me during antwoman at seattle, put his arm around me and said, "Taping again, eh? how's it going." i gave him the old thumbs up, and said, "great show!" so now i've got that fun little conversation on the tape. i don't know if this was his intention, or if he recognized me from sacramento, and just wanted to say hi. if the latter, then i'm flattered of course. if the former, well, i guess it's pretty cool anyway.

i know there's been some mixed opinions about this tour, but i thought he was really on top of the game. i guess i'd still rank the driving aloud tour, and last fall's go-round with billy bragg as the best i've seen of him. but these three shows were very top notch. i will never forget that Only the Stones from mill valley.

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