poison to the mind


say “Go! Go go go!”

Everyone loves The Go! Team, right? Hyped-up sample-clashing fizzy-pop TV-theme happy funtime music, etc etc - you're on the internet, you know the drill. So I really, really wanted to love them live (they're the only foreign band I've gone to see all year, actually), and they certainly seemed to be putting their side of the effort into it: a crowd of people running around, swapping instruments, jumping up and down and shouting... but in Sydney, the mix was so dead that in order to get excited, I had to ignore what was actually coming out of the speakers and dance to the platonic ideal of the song inside my head.

Retrospective forgiveness: thanks to my tax dollars, one of their Melbourne shows was recorded a few days later and broadcast the next month on yoof network Triple J, whereupon I was able to confirm that indeed they should have sounded totally ace. And now so can you! The whole broadcast edit (about half an hour of the show) is streaming on the JJJ website, and for re-listening pleasure, here's a few of the non-LP songs they played on the tour:

The Go! Team - We Just Won't Be Defeated (live in Melbourne)
- from the limited edition Australian tour EP/less-limited bonus disc on the tour-coinciding reissue of the album

The Go! Team - The Ice Storm (live in Melbourne)
- originally a bonus track on the Japanese version of their album, but also on the EP/bonus disc as above

The Go! Team - Untitled New Song (live in Melbourne)
- not on the tour EP, BUT! while Ninja makes a big deal about the song being untitled and asking for suggestions, the chorus asks "Are You Ready For More?".. which happens to be the title of the EP. Hmm.

You can get the two-disc version of Thunder Lightning Strike for $26 (it's cheaper in shops than direct from the label), or Are You Ready For More by itself for $12. (For some reason, Shock have the wrong sleeve up on the site, so I'm giving you the real one here, stolen from Sanity).

You can support JJJ by paying taxes and voting against John Howard.

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