Wodensdæg. Song for Odin. Let's go. https://youtu.be/HKXWlEI52uc What we have here is a song from a Gilman Street MTX show, August 6, 1988, stage-left cam video by Shayne Stacey of the Sacramento Music Archive who doctored it up and generously sent it my way. This was our ""homecoming" show after our first, rather fraught attempt to tour the US, and it's an interesting set. Rough and sloppy as usual, but: we were young and inexperienced. At any rate, this is pretty much precisely what Gilman Street sounded like and looked like ca '88, at least for us. Here's the flier for this show, by the way, which also had Soulside and Spent on the bill: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/881551035278282752 I don't know what we had expected the tour to be like, but after nearly two months of being attacked and chased across several states by skinheads, intimidated by "straight-edgers", hassled and booed by "anarchists", and pointedly ignored by pretty much everyone else, we were back in home territory and a full room of comparatively friendly Gilmans. Here's Rough Trade's tour poster, arguably the best thing to come out of the entire enterprise: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/881553524826529792 (We also printed up T shirts with that design, returning home with approximately the same number we left with.) But back to Gilman: Big Black Bugs hadn't been recorded yet, but six of those seven songs appear in the set, obviously still being worked out. This also appears to be the first time "At Gilman Street" was played at Gilman Street, quite messily and tentatively. But more on that later. "Velveeta" was a staple of the live set, in those days and (sometimes) continuing, and this is the first document of it from that early era that I've come across. The guys who jump on stage to sing the choruses were a regular feature of all of those local shows. They were known, to me at any rate, only as "the Velveeta guys from Concord." From this I deduce that they must have been from Concord, though I suppose that could be wrong. I'm not sure where I was getting my information. I've run into one of them on the street in Berkeley several times over the years (the one with the black hat.) Seems like he at least turned out okay. Nice fellow. "Velveeta" is a fine song, or fine enough considering everything, but I never liked the album recording. It needs a better beat, and just more "togetherness" in general. A better band could have done great things with it, possibly. This rendition is hardly any kind of improvement on that, but there's still something... well, it captures something. *What*, I have no idea. Maybe it's "punk." Maybe it's "not punk." Maybe it's both of those at the same time. The song, per se, is an early attempt to take a conceit, run it in to the ground, beat it to death, and scatter the ashes -- something I was to learn to do better as time went on. But considering how aimless and all-over-the-place I was in this period (as a writer and just, you know, generally), it does stay remarkably in focus. I still like it, I don't care what you all say. And there you have it, another Wednesday, another Song for Odin. So the world is worn away. Like, share, subscribe, comment, upvote, and brace yourself for more where this came from. Every Wodensdæg, like clockwork. See you next time. #music #minds #video #punk #punkrock #greenday #Gilman #rockandroll #songwriting #mtxforever

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