Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] NMOC - The Hip

Dave Schultz dschultz29@hotmail.com
Wed, 13 Aug 2003 18:00:27 -0400

Hi Curtis,

I've seen them three times, all on the ARA tours '93, '95 & '97. All times I 
thought they were awesome.
But I guess it shows that I'm not a huge fan, as I've never paid to see them 
when it's just them on the bill - but I do this for very few larger bands, 
more cause of my thin bankroll than anything else (Wilco a couple months 
back & R.E.M. this Sept will be rare $20+ concert indulgences.)
I never heard anyone before tell me of Gord doing the same rants over and 
over again, but probably cause people who follow them are slavish fans (& 
they did used to have a lot of these). They seem to have stalled musically, 
or maybe more properly gone backwards, since trying to broaden on Day for 
Night and TATHH, and I think the decline in interest in them reflects this. 
Plus how do you keep the rants sounding fresh as opposed to just histronics?
Mind you, I know many people who saw them at last year's Bluesfest here in 
Ottawa (& I would have too had I been in town), and I'm told they still 
smoke live! Gord Downie & this backing band put on a good show at this 
year's edition of the festival, too, btw, which I saw.
Anyway, I think its safe to say the Hip have way more 'on' than 'off' 
nights, and when they are on, they're better than just about any band out 
there! (Which reminds me, its too bad Moist broke up - I'd never buy a 
record, but holy mac were they awesome live! Also, yes they're a bit silly, 
but Sum 41 are great live too. Just try not to crush the 14 yr old girls.)


>From: curtis carter <arcticbstrd@netscape.net>
>To: powderworks <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Powderworks] 10 years already! Clayoquot Sound Protest
>Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 19:07:39 -0400
>Did you see them on that tour????  Maybe it was just their Toronto 
>performance, but it was rather subpar..granted i wouldn't ask for my money 
>back after a full day's festivities and good roster of bands for under $35. 
>  I might have liked them better had what'shisface -Gord Downie.. not done 
>the same "Oh my god, this is too trippy, I'm going insane" rant 2 nights in 
>a row!  it was so lame i lost all respect for them as a live 
>performance...that and they never bothered to change their setlist..what's 
>with that?  So, take some water and deal with that cough.  I was a fan of 
>their earlier stuff and liked fully completely...but i judge a band on 
>their live performance...although i have to say that i rather sheepishly 
>pretended to be a big hip fan when Martin was telling me how great their 
>Music at work album was at their secret Real Thing gig in July 2000 - 
>Thanks again for that Krusty.
>dschultz29@hotmail.com wrote:
>>"The hip sucked on that tour..."
>>Now, I'm not a slavish fan, they've gone way down Trouble at the Henhouse, 
>>but pray tell, how do you figure the Hip sucked on the first ARA tour? Cuz 
>>even today they are a force to be reckoned with live, and certainly with 
>>Fully Completely they were right at the peak of their recorded glory and 
>>had a ton of live energy.
>>Were you never a fan to begin with? I just have to know...

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