Minneapolis, 1st Avenue

HI there everybody, just got back from Perkinsing after the Bungle show at Minneapolis, and thought I would give you a quick review. The only openers were Melt Banana, a japanese hardcore band. I thought they were cool, even if the songs did get a little bit redundant after a while. I think myself and one of the people I was with were the only people I found who genuinely liked them, but I'm sure there were more out there. Anyway, if you don't feel like hearing some loud shouting and guitar hi-jinks I suggest you show up late if they are opening in your town.

After the break it was Bungle, and to be honest I was let down after it was over, as were a lot of other people. Bungle's set was very short (about an hour) and much of it was taken up with long, minimal noise pieces (either planned ahead of time or improved to kill time while fixing technical difficulties, we weren't sure which.) It was a really mellow show, and while it was cool (after all, it was bungle) I wish they had gone on longer, or cut out some of the noise and played more straight songs. Everybody thought it was a joke at first when they left after the second encore song, since the first set had been so short, but they just wouldn't come back. It was a good show, but I was pretty let down because of my high expectations.

PLAYLIST (sort of. I wasn't paying that much attention to the order of songs, but I think I remembered 'em all. Then again maybe not)

  1. "Der Zinker" (Peter Thomas)
  2. Phlegmatics
  3. ( )
  4. "La Lucertola" (Ennio Morricone)
  5. Carry Stress In The Jaw
  6. The Bends - Drowning Flute
  7. After School Special
  8. ( )
  9. The Bends - Aqua Swing
  10. ( )
  11. Travolta
  12. Chemical Marriage (I think)
  13. Everyone I Went To High School With is Dead
  14. ? (Mukerjee)
  15. "24,000 Baci" (Adriano Celentano)
  16. Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz
  17. "I Sin For A Living" (The Meatmen)

followed by us standing around for about ten minutes hoping it wasn't really over. Hopefully some of the problems were just 'cuz it was the first show. I hope it is better and longer elsewhere, once they fix some of the technical stuff.

For anyone who was at the show, I was the guy in the leopard skin coat and duct-tape mask, and no, it wasn't just taped onto my skin. Boy would that have hurt to take off.

Alexander Ruch

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