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Night of the Livid Queers
The Hives played in Malmö a couple of weeks ago. I didn´t go. You see, I´ve gotten old, I´ve gotten lazy; “Oh, it´s just the Hives playing tonight…already seen them, so I am staying home on the couch…with all things sugar”. I did stay at home, coughing, with a magazine, 4 rabies-wild cats and a kilo of candy….and it didn´t bother me that much. A year ago, I would have crawled to the gig even halfdead and I would never have settled with staying home. So, now I´m old. Soon I´m gonna go look for some checked curtains with matching linen napkins… Oh, shoot me now!
But, I have been out and about. “Been to one of those, now, what do you call it’! Concerts, yes that´s right, but it was awfully loud…..” You see, over here, it isn´t everyday that the Queers comes to your block. So, when you hear about an upcoming show, you start counting the days and crossing your fingers, hoping that tickets won´t be sold out. With a punkrock band that´s been around for almost 20 years, have had more than 16 musicians take part in the party and with more than 37 releases (both cd and ep) on their conscience, you can expect a major crowd gathering to see these heroes. Every punkrocker I knew was going and some of us took the time to go drinking in Copenhagen before the show. A mistake for some, but quite funny. I tried every liqeur in sight while they others drank beer, unaware of the fact that they broke every drinking record in history. But, if you´re going to a show with music that is what a teenage Cartman would produce and listen to, then you basicly need booze. There just is not other way.
After having had more than 4 hours of solid drinking, we got to Loppen in Christiania which is every potheads dream. Almost the entire crowd on bus 8, got off at Christiania. None of them were heading for the club. All they had in sight was to the market stalls which sell hasch instead of the handknitted socks you thought you´d see…And, next to the pot-stall is a a falafel-stall…and then there´s another pot-stall. Well, basicly, if you like smelling like a dunghill and take off on a pot-cloud, then you want to go to Christiania. I don´t, so I settled for some Grand Marnier and chips ( I never said I had class…).-
The name Mr T Experience doesn´t say much to me, even though they have a list of releases and members almost as the Queers´. It´s nothing I have bought and nothing I would have downloaded from the net. They´re just too poppy in their punk. Or at least, that´s what I thought, so I didn´t expect much from these Berkley fellas. -Let´s just say, they surprised me! Good music for partying, easy-listening poppunk, almost along the lines of the Automatics or simply, if the Queers were shoegazers. Their set was a bit too long, but it worked great as an opener for the Queers; they were good and encouraged your toe-tapping. Songs like “Naomi” and “Supersonic” got the crowd in the right mood and with the singer of MTX dancing like Andie in “Pretty in Pink“, it just couldn´t go wrong…Music made for Baileys, so I changed my drinking habbits for their set only.
The Queers are IT. All of my freinds love the Queers. We might argue about whether Gluecifer rocks or not, but we agree on the Queers; at least 2 records should be in every punkrockers posession. The cunning thing about this show was that either would it be the b-est show ever and all other bands would fall short in comparison or the Queers wouldn´t live up to the high standards we expected from them and our dissapointment would let dust settle on the albums in our shelves. Luckily for us; The Queers rocked. I´ve never been this happy/satisfied/delighted with a show. On stage, a damn skilled and hardhitting drummer, the bassplayer who got two naked-penis-salutes and even his microphone-stand licked, and of course Joe Queer, the only original member, who almost got his teeth knocked out by a flying mikestand. People even tried to stagedive with their pants down, hitting everybody with theirhot dogs before they dogs got crushed when they landed on the floor….The sound was really good, not just a fitted carpet, very loud of course but you could clearly hear the guitar. -All the hits; ” Ursula finally has tits”, “I hate everything”, “Granola Head” and of course “Fuck this world” with not a setlist in sight. Well, all the songs exept my favorite, “Night of the livid Queers”, but I could live with that. Almost an hour on stage with no encores. A truly great show, living up the expectations.http://www.thequeers.com
The show was actually so good and got me in such great mood that I got all nerdy. I asked for some guitar-picks and got them signed. I don´t have a guitar anymore as I sold it last year, but I felt that I needed those.I didn´t sink as low as getting my fist autographed as others did, but almost….probably that was for the best as that fist was attached to a body that later ended up in customs- check with a couple of customs officials to told him to strip down….That is what happen when you smell like a dunghill…
So, what´s up next?! Well, Smålands have made an effort and finally booked the Coffinshakers. The 11th of April is the magic date. Smålands is also the place whereBackyard Babies long-awaited comeback will take place. Of course, they will have a bunch of dates in the rest of Sweden but this is their southeast gig. The 12th of May is the date, 3 days afterHard Ons have played at Smålands (the 9th). Backyard babies alos play at Loppen the day before Smålands, the 11th. In Denmark, Dee Dee Ramone will play tomorrow, the 28th at Stengade. Poppunky with extrapop, it´s The Boonaraas, signed to Coolgrrrl-Anouscka´s label ThunderWoman, and they will play at Stengade the 11th of April together with Los Banditos.
And, that is about it. Now I´m going home with my brand new Elvis engagement calendar. Ta ´da!