Shows/1998-09-18

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Review by Kris:
Well, they might not come to Texas often, but when they do, they put on a good show. The place was packed, filled with 1000+ sweaty, excited, and unusually tall fans (i could hardly see the stage from the middle of the floor). We got there late, so I didn't get to see Michael Shelly. Ah well. There also was very little (actually no) security, so I am kicking myself for not bootlegging. Once again, Ah well. The show started off with an odd versionf of the STD intro, without the horns (Jim was unfortunately absent), with Linnell filling in those parts on the keyboard. They launched into NYC, which was, after seeing it so many time, pretty unimpressive. The meat of the show came when Linnell strapped on the accordion. Breaking with his trend of sticking to the keyboard, he actually played 7 songs ont he accordion- much to our delight. She's an Angel, Whistling in the Dark, and Mammall were extra special, since I'd never seen them done live before. They came back for two encores, including the ever-creepy puppet-head Dead Guy and the quintessential Istanbul. Dan Miller really impressed with his fingertapping on the Istanbul intro... my estimation of him went up a notch or two for that. Anyway, after the show i ran into Flans as he was running to get into his car, and managed to give him a copy of my Fingertips video that i had made for a class last year. I also got Dan Hickey and Dan Miller to sign my STD cover, before Hickey mysteriously rode off into downtown Dallas on his bicycle. I hope he's OK.

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During the rendition of Whistling In The Dark John Flansburgh walked off the stage. He reemerged through a small door left of the stage and, bass drum in tow, waded into the audience. Crowd members touched him lightly on the shirt as he passed.

Flansburgh also kept tempo during Lie Still, Little Bottle, using the heavy wooden stick. After the song, he mentioned to Linnell that he was examining his physique in a hotel room mirror recently when he noticed that his left arm was larger than his right. He attributed this to a tour's worth of stick performances.

Linnell added: "Yes, and your right arm is withering away."

Flansburgh looked down, and then signaling from right to left across his chest sighed: "I'm dying this way."

The next night in Austin the band performed a song called I've Got A Withered Arm.

-- Sydney C. (April 2006)