Friday, March 6

Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey, Tav Falco - Austin, TX 1979 (aud)

Rome Inn
Austin, TX
March 22 + 23, 1979   

audience recording (sound quality range: VG- to VG; probably from a multi-generation tape source; a decent-sounding recording that I EQ'd to make more listenable)

SAMPLE: "Brown Sugar" (live Austin, TX March 22, 1979)

NIGHT 1: Thursday, March 22 (with Chris Stamey)
01 Little Whores Boogie
Tav Falco & Alex Chilton, Memphis, 1980
(photo by BuZ blur via Flickr)
02 Hanky Panky (The Raindrops) 
03 Come On Now (The Kinks)
04 Dateless Night (Panther Burns)
05 Sheila (Tommy Roe)
06 Throw Your Mask Away
07 Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
08 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 
     (Ann Peebles)
09 Wild Wild Women (Johnny Carroll)
10 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) 
     [Dick Holler]
11 Ubangi Stomp (Warren Smith)
12 Rock Therapy (Milton Subotsky)
13 Baby Let's Play House (Arthur Gunter)
14 Girl After Girl (Troy Shondell)
15 Mona (Bo Diddley)
16 Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw)
17 I'm All Right (Bo Diddley)
18 Red River Rock (Johnny and the Hurricanes)
19 Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Chris Stamey (left) & LX at CBGB in 1977
20 (unknown instrumental)
21 Oh, Pretty Woman (Orbison)
22 Stay (Maurice Williams & 
     The Zodiacs) 
23 California Sun (Joe Jones)
24 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
25 Cocaine (J.J. Cale)
26 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 
     (Elvis Presley)
27 Oh, Pretty Woman
28 Let's Dance (Chris Montez)
29 Riding Through the Reich 
     (Hedy West)
30 Oh, Pretty Woman

NIGHT 2: Friday, March 23 (without Chris)
Tav and LX: probably plotting more musical mayhem
01 Dateless Nite (Panther Burns)
02 Groovy Kind of Love 
     (The Mindbenders)
03 Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) 
     [Dick Holler]
04 Johnny Too Bad (The Slickers)
05 Hook or Crook
06 California Sun (Joe Jones)
07 I'll Never Find Another You 
     (The Seeker) 
08 You Won't Do That to Me
09 Down South Boogie (Golden Rules)
10 Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
11 Hanky Panky (The Raindrops)
12 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
13 Come on Now (The Kinks)
14 On the Road Again
15 Baron of Love, Part II
16 'Til the End of the Day (The Kinks)
16b (tuning, horsing around)
17 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 
     (Rolling Stones)
18 Bertha Lou (Clint Miller)
19 Tramp (Lowell Fulson)
20 Chances Are
21 Rock Hard
22 Bangkok
23 The Rubber Room (Porter Wagoner)  
24 Girl After Girl (Troy Shondell)
25 My Rival
26 Blind Man
Alex Chilton - vocals, guitar
Chris Stamey - bass (1st night only)
Tav Falco - guitar, vocals
Ross Johnson - drums
ROB SEZ:  Apparently, I've been holding out on you Alex & Chris fans. "Apparently" because I only recently discovered I actually HAD this, which is one of the earliest known recordings of Tav Falco and Alex sharing a stage. As received, I thought the original files needed some help, so I added light compression, modest eq, and one pass of noise reduction. Worry not: it's still a raw, loony, and sprawling mess of a performance. Several years ago, I wrote about this fantastically odd musical moment that brought Alex & Chris together for one night in Texas (it's HERE; just scroll down to 1979 to read about it. If you want to find out why Chris played the first night but not the second, just follow the link.) This share is sourced from the "Live Down South" Vols. 1 & 2 bootleg. After initial uncertainty regarding the venue, an anonymous reader chimed in with a link to the gig poster that removes all doubt: The Rome Inn is where these performances went down.  PLEASE ENJOY!


  1. Well now. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing this!

    1. I think you'll find a lot to like (and/or lament)!

  2. Pretty sure the Club was Raul's on the drag, pretty sure I was there. The Skunks owned--in the badass sense--Raul's at the time, with all due respect to Terminal Mind, The Next, and The Standing Waves.

    1. and just for the record,despite it making a great story--so, you know, print the legend, right?--I'm pretty sure Stamey didn't sleep under a bush because after the show he was at the Lazy Daisy with a lot of other folks...but, sure, maybe...

    2. Hey Eric - thanks for sharing your recollection of the location. I will update the post accordingly.

    3. ...and as a response to your take on "the record", my source for this "legend" is Rob J's Big Star book. As I recall, RJ interviewed Chris Stamey as part of his research. RJ says after the first night, there was a blow up between Alex and Stamey -- so I would not be surprised if the two didn't want to be around each other afterwards. There's no reason in my mind not to believe that Stamey did go to the Daisy Club and (at some point) go sleep under a bush before eventually catching his plane home the next day. I interviewed Stamey recently, and his memory of stuff that happened decades ago is pretty phenomenal, as illustrated in his memoir A Spy In the House of Loud.

    4. Absolutely he may have crashed there--didn't mean to question him. Part of the problem is that there are so many (too many) stories about Austin in those days and I am often amused since it was my great good fortune as someone on the edge of the scene to be around for a lot of it 1977-80. For that matter, they coulda played the Rome Inn, which wasn't that far from Raul's, another coupla blocks up the drag, but that was mostly the domain of Double Trouble with Stevie Ray and Miss Lou Ann, et al. Raul's woulda been the place. And, yes, as long as we're playing "for the record," I do remember there having been some sorta blow up and that LX was not amused....

    5. Got it. I'm going to leave Raul's as the probable venue, with a question mark to indicate you're not 100% sure. Cheers, Eric.

  3. Thanks for working on that tape, haven't listened to it for quite some time!
    Rank Stranger

  4. They played at the Rome Inn. It was a loud and wonderful show. Here is a poster advertising the show:

    Please correct the location to Rome Inn.

    1. Hard to argue with this kind of proof! Thanks for chiming in, Anonymous.

    2. love this, love the correction, and what a poster--Jukes was memory not so much, alas.

  5. Hi,
    Where is the download link for "NIGHT 2: Friday, March 23 (without Chris)" I only see the first show. Sounds AMAZING! Thanks!!

    1. Both nights are in the folder.

      Did you not find it after downloading & unzipping?


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