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Faster Pussycat Live In Chicago

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Saturday, August 24, 2002 @ 3:22 AM


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REVIEW BY: Vickie

I've been a FP fan for ages, but was not of concert-going age during the big days of Faster Pussycat. I went to the Hollyweird tour just to see Faster, but left feeling more than a little disappointed with their short set.

But wait... another chance, FP coming to the Chicago area for a club show! Cool! And hour from my house, well, okay, but still cool! A weeknight! Still cool for me, but probably not so much for my boss who will have to deal with me tired and hungover!

Doors opened around 7:30, I got to the club around 8:00. I'd never been there before but found it to be rather cool and cozy. The first band went on about 8:30, a group called Nine24. I've seen Nine24 many times, and although I wouldn't put it in one of their best shows ever, the crowd seemed to be enjoying their set. "Sex" was a crowd pleaser, and older tunes like "Crazy" also seemed to go over well, but the standout song was "Pop Song," catchy and hummable.

The FP setlist... “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” “Cathouse,” “Slip of the Tongue,” “Jack the Bastard,” “Hellbound” (tune from the tour bassist's former band, he sang for it), “Don't Change That Song,” “Supersonic,” “House of Pain,” “Submission” (Newlydeads tune), “You're So Vain,” “Bathroom Wall,” “Where There's a Whip,” “Babylon,” “Shut Up and (expletive).” By this point in the tour, I think the guys play the songs in their sleep, but they still managed to have fun and interact with each other and the crowd on the small stage of the Elbo Room. Highlights of the set include the many times Taime called something gay (to follow with the phrase "not that there is anything wrong with being gay") and the five-minute tuning break for the three minute "Shut Up."

Long story short.... there's been a lot of chatter about if Faster Pussycat has gone industrial or gothic, and their tour clothes, and at this show, I finally got it. I understand the joke of it all. Their audience may be older, and they dressed more punk and gothic, but the music is still FP. It was everything I've dreamed of for the past decade plus. They've traded in the polka-dot scarves and stretch velvet for PVC, but they rock the same they always have.



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