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By: Dan Souder over 1 year ago

Of the FLS I've heard so far, this show is my favorite. Good sound, good mix, good crowd balance, monster performances from each instrument and vocal, with extra locked-in-ness.

By: Sean Kinnear over 5 years ago

I think this was supposed to be the second London show on this tour,. They were supposed to start and end it and I had tickets to both. The first was at ULU SOAS Hall but it got shut down on the day by the University because they found out they had been selling to non-students is what I heard (Anyone confirm/deny) so I was really hyped by the Boston Arms gig. An amazing night seeing who were my favorite band of the time.

By: gunter habets over 8 years ago

This recording relates to the third out of ten times total Fugazi played the city of London over the years, and is set at the Boston Arms. It features the second and last time the band would hit this particular venue (the other performance played out on December 5, 1988).

The time is November 29, 1989 and the occasion is Fugazi’s concluding gig in England, at the tail end of a 1 month + European tour in 1989.

As to the performance, I can be brief by simply pointing out that it is truly outstanding from beginning to end, undoubtedly honed by months and months of relentless touring. As such, picking highlights pretty much boils down to personal tastes in song selection, so I am not going to bother here.

With regard to the in-between song chatter, nothing much is going on though. Ian does attempt to strike up a conversation with the audience a number of times, but without much success.

Other than that, it appears the band repeatedly has to put up with some raucous individuals engaging in a number of tedious activities (e.g. name calling, spitting, stage-diving, Minor Threat requests), but fortunately none of it spins out of control or is overly disruptive.


By: gunter habets over 8 years ago


The audio quality of the recording is essentially very good, the instruments and vocals clearly discernible and proportionately balanced. It could be argued that Guy’s guitar sounds a tad low in the mix or Brendan’s tom-tom slightly muffled occasionally, but considering the overall highly enjoyable end result, that would be nitpicking.

Interestingly, this particular live performance has been recorded by the late John Loder, a close friend of the band, sound engineer, record producer, founder of Southern Studios in London and longtime collaborator of Dischord Records, overseeing the manufacturing and distribution of many Discord releases.

Note that Fugazi’s follow-up Margin Walker EP (released in 1989) was recorded in December 1988, in the wake of their first taxing European tour, at Southern Studios in London with John Loder handling production as well.

To conclude, it can be mentioned that the recording showcases 17 live cuts. Out of these, 7 songs are drawn from the Repeater album which would see an official release in April of the following year (while I personally prefer the revved up version of Blueprint which would surface in later years, the version of the powerhouse song presented here is notably slower and true to the official studio release), with 4 songs off of the Margin Walker EP and 6 off of the debut 7 Songs or self-titled EP (unfortunately, Burning is missing here).

Highly recommended.

By: charles about 10 years ago

One of my favorite shows of 89. Tight performance. Great sound quality

By: Patric Schatzmann over 11 years ago

Memories... I am sure attendance was higher! At 8 p.m. the show was sold out already, but some security guys sold us tickets anyway. I did not regret.

By: Iain Ratcliffe over 12 years ago

Please ad the recording of this soon!! My first Fugazi show... and looks like it might a pretty great recording too.

By: Jen Semo over 12 years ago

Wow, I forgot I gave this to Dischord! I'm sure I have more, I'll check negs to see if there's any more good ones...
Jen Semo

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0167 Fugazi London England 11/29/1989

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Show Date:
 Boston Arms
Door Price:
 3.50 Pounds
Played with:
 Senseless Things, Joyce McKinney Exp.
Recorded by
 John Loder
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 24-Track Monitor Mix
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Turnover
3. Sieve-Fisted Find
4. Interlude 1
5. And The Same
6. Interlude 2
7. Margin Walker
8. Bad Mouth
9. Interlude 3
10. Burning Too
11. Interlude 4
12. Bulldog Front
13. Interlude 5
14. Suggestion
15. Give Me The Cure
16. Interlude 6
17. Blueprint
18. Interlude 7
19. Shut the Door
20. Interlude 8
21. Lockdown
22. Waiting Room
23. Interlude 9
24. Two Beats Off
25. Repeater
26. Interlude 10
27. Reprovisional
28. Encore
29. Glueman
30. Outro

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