Jan. 7, 1982
audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+). A few anomalies to note: brief cut repaired in “Ask for Jill” at 2:11, crowd noise comes & goes during the show, and I converted tracks 03 and 04 from stereo to mono to reduce excessive & loud crowd chatter near the taper.
‘GOOD JOB, DUDE!’ to TC for the recording and BIG THANKS to dB's Fan for sharing.
HIGHLIGHTS: Get enthused, ‘cuz this is another previously unknown Repercussion-era live show, and the performance affirms my conviction that this tour marked the peak of the band in concert (at least for The dB's Mach I.) This might be the only known live recording that features both “PH” instrumentals: “pH Factor” as well as “Purple Hose”.
SAMPLE: "Ask for Jill (Charlotte 1982)"
No, this is not The dB’s. Yes, this is Iggy Pop.
But it’s Iggy Pop at Viceroy Park in Charlotte,
which is where The dB’s played this here show!
Thank you, Rusty Moore, for such a great photo…
01 Living a Lie (beginning cut, fades in)
02 We Were Happy There
03 Ups and Downs*
04 I Feel Good (Today)*
05 Bad Reputation
06 Molly Says
07 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
10 The Fight
12 Black and White
14 Ask for Jill (brief cut repaired at 2:11)
15 Soul Kiss
17 Purple Hose
18 Storm Warning
19 In Spain
20 Big Brown Eyes
21 The Summer Sun
23 pH Factor
24 If and When
25 Hey Baby (Alex Chilton cover – see comment below)
26 Let's Live for Today
*tracks 3 & 4 in mono (due to excessive & loud chatter near the taper, in the now-deleted left channel)
TT: 82:32 mins. (drat!)
Gene Holder – bass
Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
Peter Holsapple – guitar, vocals & keyboards
Will Rigby – drums & vocals
ABOUT TRACK 25, ‘HEY BABY’: Zach (blog fan numero uno) noticed when The dB’s played this song at CBGB, NYC on March 21, 1979, it had the very same tune as Alex Chilton’s song “Like Flies On Sherbert” — yet with different lyrics. [SEE THIS BLOG POST.] Since it also shows up in this show as an encore, I decided to investigate. Turns out there’s a good reason this sounds like the Alex Chilton tune. Chris Stamey explains: “These were the original lyrics, before he rewrote it as ‘Sherbert.’ It was about Lux Interior (lead singer of the Cramps), at least to some degree. When I was a sideman for Chilton in NYC, I played it regularly with him, or as regularly as we played most things anyway, near the end of the band. Ronnie Spector sang this with me and Fran Kowalski after Alex died, at City Winery in NYC for this ‘Channeling Chilton’ event.” Thanks, Chris, for solving the mystery for us (with a special shout out to your amazing memory for detail). I suppose I shoulda known this already, since there’s THIS 1977 LX CHILTON SHOW at the blog that includes Alex singing a shambolic version of the song...