Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Live Salt Lake City 1990-02-06

Astute readers might notice that the flyer pictured is for a show in Las Vegas, NV on Feb. 4, 1990. Somehow I have multiple flyers for this show- a show I couldn't not get into because I was only 17 at the time. I had driven to Las Vegas at the invitation of my dear friend Tina. She had moved there a few months prior and knew I loved the Mary Chain. She had failed to notice that the show was 21 and over. In St. George, UT, I had picked up my friend Nathan, and his friends Yukiko and one other Japanese exchange student whose name I can no longer remember.

I think Yukiko was the first one to notice that the tickets said '21 and over' on them. This was after picking up Tina and her boyfriend and then going to a Smith's Tix to get more tickets for everyone. We went to Calamity Jane's anyway and tried to get in. There was a doorman who told us to 'go 'round back', but then probably thought better of losing his job by letting minors in. We sat out back for a while, but couldn't really hear anything. After an hour or so, we gave up and savored the bitter taste of defeat.

I hurried back to Salt Lake City the next day and then on Tuesday of that week took my sweetheart (and now wife of 20+ years) Liz to her first live music gig. That sweet, innocent, mormon, student body officer and Seminary Council member didn't tell me until years later how freaked out she was by the whole experience. Lucky for us, the gig at the Speedway Cafe in SLC was all ages.

Some people might also notice on the picture flyer for the Las Vegas show that the openers were Nine Inch Nails. This might make the wonder if they were also the openers at the Salt Lake show? They were. Now, if you're wondering why I recorded the Mary Chain and not NIN, it's because I love the Mary Chain and have never really cared for NIN. Well, that's not entirely true. I really like "Head Like A Hole" when I first heard it, but then made the mistake of picking up "Pretty Hate Machine" and just could not cotton to the rest of the album. Sorry.

Anyway, I was, and still am, very pleased with how this taping turned out. I digitized this back in 2001 or 2002 using Roxio's CD Spin Doctor to remove tape hiss and bump the sound. Anyway, I hope some Mary Chain fans will find it and enjoy it. Please leave a comment if you do.

The cassette covers I made for this back in 1990.
Track Listing:

  1. Penetration (pre-recorded intro)
  2. Rider
  3. Everything's Alright When You're Down
  4. The Hardest Walk
  5. Head On
  6. Halfway To Crazy
  7. Coast To Coast
  8. Her Way Of Praying
  9. Taste The Floor
  10. Nine Million Rainy Days
  11. The Living End
  12. Who Do You Love
  13. Take It
  14. April Skies
  15. Blues From A Gun
  16. Sidewalking
  17. "Country Interlude" (not really a song, but I tracked it seperately when I digitized this)
  18. Gimme Hell
  19. Kill Surf City