Michelle strikes again! You might think her familiarity with us, by this point, would have made her less than objective. But Michelle is honest with her opinions to the point of brutality at times, and she's not above telling you when she doesn't like something. (I know this from firsthand experience. She loves most of my solo stuff but if a certain song of mine is mentioned- one in particular- she will happily yell "It sucks! Sucks the big winkie! Boy....I don't know what you were thinking when you did that one! What a piece of crap!" Etc. I've seen her do this at live shows, storming out angrily, hurling abuse back at the stage at the top of her lungs. It was shocking at first, but you get used to it. Despite the fact that I disagree with her frequently on these occasions, I value her honesty.) This happened to be one of our best shows- it sticks out in my mind as one of the high points of our live career, with maybe only a handful of other gigs as competition. Considering we did hundreds in the 6 years of our heyday- sometimes 2 a night at locations across town from each other- that's saying something.
The level of communication, both between the band members and between band and audience, was scary that night. Very highly charged, psychic, executing flawless unison passages- and the audience, instead of milling around or being confused, genuinely got it that night. They were packed up against the stage reaching back to just about every wall, yelling for more.
One more note: Michelle pegged 2 out of the 3 influences correctly, but not Andy Gill. I enjoyed the early Gang of Four albums but was never moved to play anything like them, fun though they were. My feedback use was Hendrix/Townsend/Belew influenced- but not Gill. Sorry Michelle. Sorry Andy. Love ya both anyway.
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