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
green trousers and a blank charcoal T-Shirt):
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.
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 ;)
1. Robyn certainly seems to draw the babes to his showsRock on, kids!!!
--g Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 1
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."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 iwould 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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