Live from New York
1979: Warner Bros. 9 45695-2
Many parts of this CD, and of the video of this Madison Square Garden show, are so embedded in my psyche now that I have neglected to even acknowledge them here. Lets Talk Dirty to the Animals has been one of my favorite Songs to Sing Along To for gin only knows how many years, with its wonderfully Disney-bright cheerfulness delivering inimitable lines such as up yours, Mr Hippo! Piss off, Mr Fox! Just tell a chicken suck my dick! n give im chicken pox! And of course its closing line, never tell an alligator bite my snatch! is even more fun to sing along with than to simply hear, especially if youre in a car with your friend Rob and both of you are singing along and gesturing with both the NO! and the YES! of the interrupted arrival of the line. Of course I may be speaking from experience and of personal impressions here but lets not quibble.
Although Goodbye Saccharine is in some ways the funniest track on this album, there are many parts of the Candy Slice sequence that truly do rule (and OH does G.E. Smith get his moment of buzz-cut punk/thrash glory here!), and theyre even more solid when you have the visuals in mind (including Candys laconically blunt request for booze! before she performs). I love singing If You Look Close as Im out biking, although I try to keep from singing the titular line when Im within earshot of others. (The title comes from the line If you look close, you can see my tits / Cause I want you to but dont want you to know that I do! And after Candy sings it the band does a couple of times, which makes it even funnier.)
The closing track is as huh??? on the video as it is on the CDlike a late-in-the-show SNL sketch that addressed a cast members psychological issues and lost the audience in the process, only in this case its just a gently odd step into inaccessible territory (for me, anyway). That the show ends with either genuine or gently spoofed prudishness (after it started with such perky vulgarity) only wraps things up with a question mark following points of ellipsis, instead of the big punch/bang one might expect; it doesnt diminish what has been experienced, it only leaves a final reflective uncertainty and a sense of unfinished transition in ones mind.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.