, attached to 1994-04-09

Review by LightsWentOut

LightsWentOut This was my first show. After being handed a copy of Lawn Boy by a high school friend in 1991 and being subjected to hours of tapes at parties in college, I finally made the plunge in the Spring of '94 and got tickets to my first show in Binghamton. On an intellectual level, I knew what to expect, but I wasn't really prepared for what I actually experienced. My first impression of the band was how much better they sounded live than on the crappy AUD tapes my friends had. Next, was how freaking tight they were. It wasn't until the 2nd set, however, when they played Peaches En Regalia that they had me convinced that they were one of the best bands on the planet at the time. Then, bango - they dropped the Big Ball Jam on me. "OMG, they are PLAYING ALONG TO THE BALLS!" I had never seen anything like that before. The playfulness and willingness to experiment struck a chord in me that has been only getting stronger as the years go by.

My other fond memory of this show was the Mike's where CK5 managed to fill what seemed like the entire arena up with fog. The band continued to rip it up and through the fog a girl from some of my classes magically appears, hands me a joint, and fades back into the ethers. Then, as the fog finally clears, Trey and Mike are revealed to be playing while jumping on trampolines - all while playing some of the most amazing music I have ever heard all without skipping a beat. Mind=BLOWN. Deal = sealed.


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