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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Boring 81 Show of the Week - 5/1/81 Hampton Reply with quote

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You know, today Skobud and Maximinus pointed out how boring 1981 was, and I have to agree with them... so much show that I took this show, and thought I would outline how inferior it is.

Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA
5/1/81

Set One
Alabama Getaway [5:01] > The Promised Land [4:07] ; Friend Of The Devil [9:34] ; Me And My Uncle [3:06] > Big River [6:12] ; Althea [8:48] > Little Red Rooster [9:39] ; Tennessee Jed [9:11] > Let It Grow [10:34] > Deal [7:29]
Set Two
Feel Like A Stranger [9:44] > Franklin's Tower [11:28] > Lost Sailor [6:11] > Saint Of Circumstance [6:30] > He's Gone [11:43] > The Other One [4:#40] > Drums [3:#11] > Space [5:42] > The Wheel [5:49] > Wharf Rat [10:16] > Sugar Magnolia [8:33]
Encore U.S. Blues [5:04]


Set One
From the opening notes of Alabama Getaway, you can tell this show is just going to put you to sleep. Within the first minutes, Brent puts in his first solo, which is so inferior to anything that Pipgen or Keith would have done, in particular Pigpen the jammaster or post-retirement Keith whose work on the organ was god-like. This is followed by a Garcia solo that is very simplistic. Then into Promised Land...
Next we come to the recently re-arranged FOTD, which they slowed down in order to allow the inept Brent and the declining Jerry to actually keep with the tune enough to put in some extended solos... man, too bad they didn't jam it out like they did in the pre-retirement. Hell, Bob Weir even gets a solo in this one, why did they even bother with letting him do that? To bore you more folks, to bore you more.
A cowboy combo is next, Mamu>Big River where they got lazy and put the two songs together, instead of throwing one in between massive jam portions as done in the pre-retirement period. I could be wrong, but this could be the first song played in the show that they also played in the 60s. This means they were clearly just resting on their laurels. As for the playing, everyone knows that Brent can't compare to Keith, so why even bother. Snoozefest 1981.
Althea, famously featuring no jamming, comes in next, and is followed by another jamless song, LRR. They put them together, and still barely jammed their way out of a wet paper bag.
Now, let's talk about the closing trio, which I consider to be the beginning of the meat of the show... Jed> Let It Grow> Deal... where should I begin. First of all, I want to say, I prefer the 5 minute gaps between songs that was so common in 1977, a much less boring year. They clearly needed that time.
This LIG is ridiculous too, I mean, Jerry basically doubled the amount of notes he played in the song from the pre-retirment set up, predictably dropping the only exciting part of the song, WRS. What a doofus. So, they play LIG just as long, play twice as many notes... lame! Totally boring...
Now to make matters worse, they take Deal, and extend the jam? What the hell? Why do that? This Deal is almost twice as long as the pre-retirement versions. In fact, this boring closing trio is almost 30 minutes long yet no extended jams in there. I mean, I have taken shorter naps. Couldn't I just get a 20 minute PITB at every show of the year to close the set? I am a creature of habit and prefer the known. Or how about some of the June 76 action, which is the pinnacle of exciting music?!

Thank God that set is over... if this is the meat... we are in trouble.

So, I had to take a nap before continuing this review of this typically boring 1981 show. I mean, how many notes does Garcia think he has to squeeze in? I definitely prefer the same, very original riffs from his jams in the 1968 period, and it helps that Bob was so solid in 68, with Pigpen blazing on the boards like a madman.

Set Two
So, I just popped some killer bee trucker pills before this set, knowing it would be needed to actually see this show out to the end...
Stranger opens up, another one of these songs aimed at selling records, obviously. The way Jerry and Brent interplay so much gets old fast. Who needs that? I mean, we should have Jerry shoulder the entire load every show, like before the new guy showed up.
Tower comes out of nowhere, just when I thought Jerry was done boring me with tons of notes, this is the choice. Aimless noodles abound...
Now we get to yet more new songs, Sailor>Saint, again grouped together out of sheer laziness, they are disjointed at best. Lash the mast? And, you call that a jam in between them? Haha, I have heard BIODTLs, found in almost every show in 72, that are better than that at jamming out.
Gone has really gone downhill since they added some jamming to the end of it when in the power slot, and then to revert back to 70s style and play TOO before drums? It doesn't even get spacey, just this driven crap that is, well, boring. I mean, space is where it is at.
Drums is so inferior to the drums brought out in the middle of a dead spot of music, particularly well done in 76, but present in the magnificently exciting 60s extended jams too. It really helps organize a jam to have that.
What is this Space stuff? It's not jazzy, first of all, and more importantly, Feedback is clearly more interesting.
The Wheel, does that even fit here?
Man, I can't even bare to finish out this review... we all know that Wharf Rat>Sugar Mags is a sleeper, and US Blues was clearly better as Wave The Flag... and really, ideally, we should have One More Saturday Night as the encore here, despite it being a Friday night show. Every night would be nice.

Final comments...
Setlist, what a boring setlist. They very unoriginally repeated a total of 3 songs played during the previous and subsequent night, unlike those 72 shows where I could probably name 1/2 the setlist just by guessing on any particular night.

Jerry, jeez dude, what are you trying to prove? Well, you proved that you bore me. Please return to the repetitive rifs of the 60s or the time the music get's inventive again, when was that again? Oh yeah, according to Skobud, 1987... which some people misguidedly refer to as a back to basics year with little jamming.

Brent - can't compete with any of the previous boardists, everyone knows that.

Two drummers ruin the tempo all show long, too...

Overall - I guess we can all see now how boring 1981 is... not to mention the next several years.


Definitely realize that this review was written with total sarcasm and will now be linked to in the meltdowns thread. Thank you for playing along...
Now,
GET WITH THE PROGRAM!


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hehehe. For a split second I was going to go apoplectic when I saw boring show of the week...
This show is near and dear to my heart. My 5th show, and the one where I really got on the bus. LIG>Deal is sicksicksick.

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's one I often listen to while running... though nothing like a drawn out super spacey Dark Star, say 12/6/73, to keep me motivated while running! I should really fix my MP3 player selection.

In all seriousness, this show rocks the house. Nice twists to the setlist, jammin' Jerome and Brent are on a rampage througout, nice extended jamming. One of the tops of the year.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's got everything required of an excellent show - great SQ, setlist, explosive playing,etc. I couldn't nit pick if I tried. I dare anyone to find a better 'Bama Getaway.

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was nervous about the state of humanity when I saw this thread title. I love this show, constant rotation!

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: Boring 81 Show of the Week - 5/1/81 Hampton Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
You know, today Skobud and Maximinus pointed out how boring 1981 was


To be factual, Skobud said boring and I disagreed with him Razz

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Boring 81 Show of the Week - 5/1/81 Hampton Reply with quote

maximinus wrote:
Kochman wrote:
You know, today Skobud and Maximinus pointed out how boring 1981 was


To be factual, Skobud said boring and I disagreed with him Razz


That is true, and if look at what I wrote you will find I said Jerry was bored, not me. I dont listen to enough early 80's to become bored...Ironically enough though, after I read all of last nights nonsense on the subject I decided to listen to DP 13. 5/6/81, Nassau Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Sko, great work, very magmanimous of you to grace 1981 with your presence.
Please write an essay about how great a musician Pigpen was now to cleanse yourself.
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Now thats intelligent.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's not nearly as intellectual as your blanket 81-86 Jerry was bored statement, but it will do...
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
Well, it's not nearly as intellectual as your blanket 81-86 Jerry was bored statement, but it will do...


I'll never quite understand why you take other people's opinions about early 80s Dead so personally.
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snow_and_rain wrote:
Kochman wrote:
Well, it's not nearly as intellectual as your blanket 81-86 Jerry was bored statement, but it will do...


I'll never quite understand why you take other people's opinions about early 80s Dead so personally.

I'll never understand why you think me refuting opinions that are inaccurate means I take it personally.
I don't go through my life based on feelings... I analyze and think.

If someone is making outrageous claims based on a poor knowledge base, or in this case, a totally incomplete knowledge base (claiming to know what Jerry was thinking/feeling in his mind/heart is really out there), I am going to say something about it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
snow_and_rain wrote:
Kochman wrote:
Well, it's not nearly as intellectual as your blanket 81-86 Jerry was bored statement, but it will do...


I'll never quite understand why you take other people's opinions about early 80s Dead so personally.

I'll never understand why you think me refuting opinions that are inaccurate means I take it personally.
I don't go through my life based on feelings... I analyze and think.

If someone is making outrageous claims based on a poor knowledge base, or in this case, a totally incomplete knowledge base (claiming to know what Jerry was thinking/feeling in his mind/heart is really out there), I am going to say something about it.


Koch, S&R, Sko - do we need to have a beer summit?

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing
Beer summit... good for ironing out misunderstandings based on idiotic statements made with incomplete knowledge on a topic.
Sounds like a perfectly fitting idea to me.
Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Kochman wrote:
Laughing Laughing Laughing
Beer summit... good for ironing out misunderstandings based on idiotic statements made with incomplete knowledge on a topic.
Sounds like a perfectly fitting idea to me.
Laughing Laughing Laughing


Now that Vlad is taking a break from hijacking threads, allow me to step up to the plate.

I love/hate your avatar, Koch. Not for what it is, but for what it makes me do. First it makes me think of Kate Winslet peeing down her leg in Holy Smoke (that's the 'love it' half) but them I go off on a half-hour Google image-search that turns up NOTHING! (that's the 'hate it' half).

Help me out here, folks.

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Zephyr wrote:
Kochman wrote:
Laughing Laughing Laughing
Beer summit... good for ironing out misunderstandings based on idiotic statements made with incomplete knowledge on a topic.
Sounds like a perfectly fitting idea to me.
Laughing Laughing Laughing


Now that Vlad is taking a break from hijacking threads, allow me to step up to the plate.

I love/hate your avatar, Koch. Not for what it is, but for what it makes me do. First it makes me think of Kate Winslet peeing down her leg in Holy Smoke (that's the 'love it' half) but them I go off on a half-hour Google image-search that turns up NOTHING! (that's the 'hate it' half).

Help me out here, folks.

Let me help you out here...
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Kochman wrote:
Zephyr wrote:
Kochman wrote:
Laughing Laughing Laughing
Beer summit... good for ironing out misunderstandings based on idiotic statements made with incomplete knowledge on a topic.
Sounds like a perfectly fitting idea to me.
Laughing Laughing Laughing


Now that Vlad is taking a break from hijacking threads, allow me to step up to the plate.

I love/hate your avatar, Koch. Not for what it is, but for what it makes me do. First it makes me think of Kate Winslet peeing down her leg in Holy Smoke (that's the 'love it' half) but them I go off on a half-hour Google image-search that turns up NOTHING! (that's the 'hate it' half).

Help me out here, folks.

Let me help you out here...
Harvey Keitel - "Bad Lieutenant"


You miserable hump. Take over running the site for minute, Koch, while go outside to puke.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You miserable hump." Yes! You know the movie! Nice...

This was actually said to a deadhead by the Bad LT...
"If you think you're not getting on that bus, man, you're dead wrong. Now get on that fucking bus, 'cause your life ain't worth [CENSORED] in this town!"
So, against this deadhead's will, he was forced to get on the bus...
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
"You miserable hump." Yes! You know the movie! Nice...

This was actually said to a deadhead by the Bad LT...
"If you think you're not getting on that bus, man, you're dead wrong. Now get on that fucking bus, 'cause your life ain't worth [CENSORED] in this town!"
So, against this deadhead's will, he was forced to get on the bus...


Laughing I was unaware. I think I got it from Det. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue. Another guy I would never want to see naked.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Classic.

Would you want to listen to 5/1/81 in the shower? (Not with me)
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Gopher wrote:
I dare anyone to find a better 'Bama Getaway.


Hmm. 12/28/79.

What's my prize?


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That part where Keitel is drunk and naked in that movie is a disturbing moment in a disturbing movie. Very gutty flick.
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Sailor-Saint takes up a lot of room in a set list, that's for sure.
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Sailor-Saint takes up a lot of room in a set list, that's for sure.

What exactly do you mean by that Confused Two, 6-7 minute songs?

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That's 12-15 minutes. A ten minute workout plus a quick shower. Anywhere from seven to ten Ramones songs. Your TV dinner is burning. Every missile in Russia has already hit its target in the US. Do you know where your children are?
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It's 29 letters, too.
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But of course what I really mean is it sucks. I realize you and Koch love it. "Sure don't know what I'm goin' for..." yecch.
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your posts are taking up a lot of room on this thread. Razz

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You may thank me for enriching your life.
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Hahahaha, I couldn't help but laugh when I re-read this...
Tell me I'm funny and pretty... please?
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Sailor-Saint still sucks. The Jets are morons for getting Tim Tebow. I get a little notice every time somebody posts to a thread I have posted to. I am listening to nothing but the Ramones now, whom I coincidentally mentioned earlier on this thread.
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bzfgt wrote:
Sailor-Saint still sucks. The Jets are morons for getting Tim Tebow. I get a little notice every time somebody posts to a thread I have posted to. I am listening to nothing but the Ramones now, whom I coincidentally mentioned earlier on this thread.

Hahahahah! Great reply!
I'm sure they are paying Tebow more than he is worth... which is all going directly to Sanatorium's presidential campaign for 2016...

Ramones... never been a great fan of theirs... it is funny you had mentioned them in this thread about a year ago!
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