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By: Antti V 9 months ago

Fugazi continue their fall 1999 tour in Bordeaux, France. They had a nice coverage of the country during that time with five shows in total. The band played in Bordeaux steadily over the years, and this show here would be their fourth and final time in the city. Once again the band hits the stage at Theatre Barbey, a popular tour stop opened in 1988.

So, as the entry's notes say, we miss the beginning of the show. I speculate we may miss a big chunk, around 50-60 minutes, since the band head for an encore break after Bed For The Scraping. Still, the remaining tape runs for well over an hour, so there's a lot to enjoy here.

As far as the mix goes, it's all rather excellent right from the start. The stereo feels spacey and wide, and the balance is very pleasing. The drums sound massive and detailed, which is always a big plus. This is a good, consistent recording all the way through.

Lockdown cuts in and we get half of the rocking performance. Then it's straight to double-drumming delights courtesy of Brendan and Mr. Jerry Busher. Oh was a staple during this tour, and the song is almost finished, although the band are still working out the chorus. The peculiar mood of the song is definitely there already. Bed For The Scraping picks up the pace and gets a brisky performance.

The encore is a massive, career spanning fair. Energies are high as Guy talks to the audience with his fluent french skills. Following Target sounds very inspired accompanied by some cooperative clapping, and especially Brendan's playing in the song shines. The general atmosphere only escalates throughout as the band caters highlight after highlight.
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By: Antti V 9 months ago

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Floating Boy gets a great, hypnotic performance. Still, the pinnacle of the tape comes with the duo of Long Division and Blueprint. I'm sure the audience was mezmerized with these Fugazi "hits" if you will, and the band is on fire too. Long Division is rather emotional and very dynamic here. Blueprint is the anthem it always is, and leaves the crowd yelling for the band to continue.

And they do. The last of the encores starting with Forensic Scene all rule without exception. Back to Base is a delightful punk rock energy boost, and flows perfectly to Two Beats Off. Version ends the evening in a highly atmospheric way. It's easy to imagine the ending credits to a very strange French art film rolling with the song playing.

All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable tape that you shouldn't shy away from because of its incompleteness. The band carries on playing to an enthusiastic crowd without hickups all evening, and it makes for a joyous listen. Recommended also for the borderline excellent and steady sound.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0946 Fugazi Bordeaux, France 10/11/1999

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Show Date:
 1999-10-11
Venue:
 Theatre Barbey
Attendance:
 800
Played with:
 Virago
Recorded by
 Nick Pellicciotto
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 DAT
Sound Quality:
 Poor Good Very Good Excellent

Recording was started late, so beginning of set is missing.

Play Sample Track
1. Lockdown
2. Interlude 1
3. Break
4. Oh
5. Bed For The Scraping
6. Interlude 2
7. Target
8. Five Corporations
9. Rend It
10. Interlude 3
11. Long Distance Runner
12. Arpeggiator
13. Interlude 4
14. Floating Boy
15. Long Division
16. Blueprint
17. Interlude 5
18. Forensic Scene
19. Interlude 6
20. Back to Base
21. Two Beats Off
22. Bad Mouth
23. Version
24. Outro

Please Note: Available recordings have been mastered to correct for volume shifts, drop outs, etc. but some sonic anomalies will still exist, especially early in the set when the mix is being settled. The band has rated each show for sound quality and set the general price of a download at $5 per show. If you have a different price in mind feel free to utilize the alternative pricing option.