01/31/97 @ Gregory Hall - Urbana, Il
We had the great fortune of meeting Dan Rapata, a very kind soul who had somehow managed to convince the U of I administration to let him put on rock shows in a classroom on campus. And that's exactly what he did. We played room 215, Greg Hall a few times at the very beginning of it all. This show is for the Necessary Sailing aficionados - it was our only release at this point and we were full-on supporting it here.
"Verse Vica", "Lifesaver Socks" and "VFW" originated from some of my earliest recordings I did when I first got my 4 track a couple years prior. I "released" these on my first solo tapes; that meant I made about 20 copies and gave them to my close friends. "VFW" was re-recorded for our first 7" as was "Lifesaver Socks" for Awful Mess Mystery.
Joe's "I Wish I Could Navigate", if I recall right, was written during Slackjawed. This is a great example of him stripping down a song to its bare minimum and pretty much setting the tone for what would become our sound on Awful Mess Mystery. You can find Joe's recording of it on 4 Track Rarities.
I Wish I Could Navigate / On Your Way / On Cinder Blocks Looking In / Verse Vica / Silent Autumn Parks / VFW / Looks Fine on the Ledge / The Long Drive Back / Let's Say We Forget About It / Suspension Catches / Lifesaver Socks / A Dumb Life / Graph Chaser