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Review by Scott Lange:

This concert was part of Festival Behind the Fence on the campus of Georgia Tech. The band played the Planet of the Apes cycle, with half the crowd representing the apes and chanting "Apes! Apes! Apes!" and the other half representing the people and chanting "Peo-ple! Peo-ple!" There was also a point at which Flansburgh demanded that "Everybody Conga" and followed with "I'm not f___ing kidding," and repeated those two lines with the music as a giant conga line formed. My first TMBG show; I was not dissapointed.

Review by Carey:

Well, I just got back from the free concert at Georgia Tech. Yeah, yeah, I know not many people had heard about it, but I myself didn't even know about it until yesterday. I called my friend Jacob (He's my master in vampire terms, in that he converted me.) with a "Hey, Jacob... guess what...?" Next thing I knew I was at Tech standing twenty feet away from the stage.

It was divided into two sections: those who were willing to pay 10 bucks and those who weren't, or who just couldn't. I would have paid 10 bucks to be up front, but I prefered to borrow 10 bucks from Jacob and by my new Nightmare (bugs) t-shirt. Jacob had $19 and I had $10 so since Jacob has six shirts and I only had one, he let me have ten of his.

So then we stood twenty feet away from the stage outside of this little metal gate and ended up being 2 of maybe 12 people who were actually dancing out of like 200. The people who'd paid and who were up close were a lot more active.

But! WE (the people outside the gate) were the "people" in Battle for the planet of the apes, and we won. Also, our conga line was better. "We've got a nice one going up here and the people out there curiously have a better one." -John Flansburgh. That's not exactly what he said, but it was something like that.

There was lots of profanity out of the John's mouths, but they seemed in good spirits. All in all, that was the best concert I've ever been to, and the fact that it was free is just the icing on the cake. Here's the setlist, not in order, and probably not complete: -She's Actual Size -Dr. Worm -Istanbul not Constantinople -All the Girls I've Love Before (My God... 1st time I heard this one... rockin'. Totally.) -Particle Man (The accordian!) -Battle for the Planet of the Apes ("People! People! Soilent Green is made of apes!" -me) -Ana Ng (Kick ass version. Started out slow, then sped up.) -Till My Head Falls Off -Spy (Flans did some of the conduction and when he would hold his hand down, the music Linnell, Dan, and Dan played sounded really, really awesome.) -SEXXY -Lie Still Little Bottle (The stick!) -James K. Polk (The cannon!) -Birdhouse in Your Soul -No One Knows My Plan (I felt very proud, since this was my first conga, to actually pull 5 or 6 people out of their stupors and into our fun. "You, too!" I shouted. "Come on!" I'd say as I grabbed some rigid crowd member. "Conga!" One guy didn't budge, so I told him he sucked and moved on.) -Twisting -Exquisite Dead Guy (The puppets!) -New York City -Pet Name (At this point I'm looking at my cd's to see what they played.) -Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) (No funny stuff during the educational parts... oh well.) -The Guitar -She's Actual Size (I think... for some reason I can't remember.) -They Got Lost

Okay. I think that's it. The concert lasted well over an hour with one encore (The Got Lost & Twisting), but I really don't know if I can remember everything that happened. I wish I could remember more funny parts, because there were some. Ah... at one point the Johns were trying to see how good the technicians could keep the spots on the puppet heads. Also Flans let some guy in the front "control" his puppet. The guy would make little wizardly gestures at it and Flans would move it this way and that. Hmm... they let some Tech student do the stick and he had some trouble keeping the beat. The crowd had to help him by clapping. He did good, though... real good.

At one point, Jacob and I were doing the Ana Ng dance and this guy next to me who hardly moved at all started watching and slowly learned it. Towards the end I was showing him the steps. He almost got good at it, but they ended the song. It's really hard being the only two people dancing in your little area, but we managed. No one got in our way, and we didn't bother anyone with anything but our enthusiasm. (That was a slick reference to that age old thread about dancing at concerts, for those who didn't catch it. For those who still don't... oh well.... If you don't know, I can't tell ya.)

I've never understood why people like to read reviews of concerts, but I figured I'd just post this one for anyone who cared. I know it sucks that this concert wasn't listed on the web site or even spread by word of mouth, but I'm sure as hell glad that I heard about it before it was too late. So... this has been another production of the Clara the Cow Production Co. This is Chad... signing off.