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Baby's on Fire

Wow. That was pretty cool ! Sure. Eno's songs were great, the musicians among the best in Boston, but it woudn't amount to much if the feel and spirit wasn't there. And they were there in spades, although things really took off after “Needles In the Camel's Eye.” Musically, they paid a lot of attention to the rhythms and those little details that made the first four albums so fun and innovative. And “Crazy” Eddie Nowik was able to pull off that eruptive and beautiful solo that Phil Manzanera takes in the original version of “St. Elmo's Fire.”

This is about as close as you're ever going to get to hearing Eno's music as it might have been performed live (it hardly ever was), and while the records are great, there's something about being immersed in the sound, having visuals, and experiencing this with other people. I was finding myself singing along even though this not exactly Top 40 stuff.

But it was a good show as well as good music. The band was dressed in an East Asian motif, some songs were accompanied by props, and the playful erotic aspect of Eno's music (which is often ignored) was accented with the help of two “movement artists.” When they opened with “Here Come the Warm Jets” for the second set, they played kazoos and launched model airplanes into the audience. For the second show, they switched to a glam motif, which was also pretty cool.

I had a short but friendly conversation with Mr. Nowik, who I used to run into a lot at clubs in a previous life, and I can't beleive he still recognized me (I think it's been about six years since I last spoke to him). He's as enthusiastic as ever and is also looking pretty good for being such an underground rock guy. I also had a nice chat with a Patrick M. who used to have a band, and one of the Bentmen's drummers, who plays these newfangled Roland drums hooked up to a PowerBook runing OS X and triggering all kinds of stuff in Macromedia Director (!). He also told me that one day at rehearsal about a month ago, one of the guys started singing “Land of the Glass Pinecones” (by Human Sexual Response) out of the blue, and he knows people who moved to Boston just because the Girls were there.

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