Electricity & Lust

Full-Album Gigs

Posted in Music by Sam Unsted on July 22, 2008

Wired’s Scott Thill posted on Monday about the full-album concerts he’d like to see were mortality and inter-band hatred not a problem. His list is as follows:

From Listening Post at Wired:

Top Five Full-Album Wish List That Will Never Come True

* The Beatles, The White Album
* Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
* Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
* Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um
* The Doors, The Doors

Top Five Full-Album Wish List That Could Come True (Given Enough Cash and Hype)

* Pixies, Surfer Rosa
* My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
* Tom Waits, Rain Dogs
* De La Soul, De La Soul is Dead
* Three Mile Pilot, Chief Assassin to the Sinister

I’ve attended a number of the Don’t Look Back series events in the past and pretty solidly enjoyed them all. Sonic Youth doing Daydream Nation was a highlight but Sebadoh’s Bubble & Scrape was pretty spectacular. I’m not going to criticise either list because, barring Three Mile Pilot on the reason of ignorance to their music, I would likely consider purchasing tickets for all of the above. Most fervently, I’d push my grandmother into a moderately deep but soft-bottomed well to see Tom Waits do Rain Dogs.

So here’s an alternative list of five I would love to have seen happen but won’t, eight that totally could with some charm and finesse on the part of promoters, and five uber-speculative hopes that could, maybe, one-in-a-million odds, happen. Note: All are deliberatly not overlapping with the above as otherwise Waits, Pixies and MBV would be here.

Five that could never happen

  • The Replacements – Let It Be (they are mostly alive but it wouldn’t be the same without Bob)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
  • Elliott Smith – Either/Or
  • Otis Redding – Otis Blue
  • Nirvana – In Utero

Eight that could happen with finesse and/or money

  • Fugazi – Repeater
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – In An Aeroplane Over The Sea
  • Red House Painters – Red House Painters (Rollercoaster cover)
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
  • Weezer – Pinkerton
  • Eels – Electro-Shock Blues
  • Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
  • American Music Club – California

Five uber-speculations

  • Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
  • REM – Automatic for the People
  • Radiohead – The Bends
  • Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (Yes, no Bonham. But they tore up the O2 and could still cut it)
  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (In a small or at least mid-size venue without the pyrotechnics)
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