Now that this whole Gunther Tootie’s debacle has faded like a fart in the wind and the site is back to it’s core group of 15 loyal readers, I’m back to write about rock music.
Two weeks from today myself, Fitzy, and a former writer of ours are off to Manhattan for the Governor’s Ball, with the Strokes playing Friday night. For anyone who remembers Bowman, aka the man who technically is still a contributor but only sojourns by the site anytime there’s news monumental enough that he feels the need to stupefy our readers with discharged medleys or words that vaguely mean something (or maybe not), he’s seen the Strokes and I haven’t. So this is my time to shine.
Changing the rules slightly. Much to my dismay, festival sets are shorter by roughly 5 songs, so for festival sets 18 songs is that max, and encores are whatever I deem fit. Although the wild card is whether or not they play longer for the hometown.
(’80s Comedown Machine’ prerecorded intro as the band walks out. Happens every time so I guess my dreams can be slightly realistic, unlike those about women.)
- ‘Barely Legal’
The opening guitar riff to this song gets the hormones flowing and will likely result in a few tops coming off. If they extend it past the normal 4 bars, hopefully 3x that, there should be enough frontal nudity to excite the band and propel them through a dynamite set.
Bands should usually go with something that everyone is guaranteed to know in the two spot. This ensures that the people who only know the ten most-streamed songs on Spotify are satisfied early on as well. This songs should also do away with any shirt-clad holdouts.
3. ‘All The Time’
Obligatory one song off of Comedown Machine. Get it out of the way early.
4. ‘Machu Picchu’
The only song off Angles that makes my cut, which puts into perspective how I’d marry any of the first three if they were women/would look in my direction or say hi to me. This one will also strike home with the FIFA fans, another demographic covered.
5. ‘Last Nite’
Jules & company’s most popular song tends to jump around the setlist from show to show, but I think it serves best near the front. It doesn’t matter what they play after the entire crowd screaming, “LAST NITE, SHE SAID, OHBABUHDONFEELSODOWN, GOHONENTENMEUP!”
For some reason they don’t play this at every show, which is almost as absurd as giving up your seat on the T so that Andrew Wakefield can have a seat. Clocking in at 2:33 (are we talking about this song or Fitz in bed HAHAHA!!!), I think they can pencil it in.
8. ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’
Fun fact: this song’s about Courtney Love. What a fuck in lust. (Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?)
9. ‘The End Has No End’
Here’s where I can start busting out the personal favorites like Eric Decker’s in attendance. I pack an extra pair of underwear just in case either happens.
10. ‘New York City Cops’
They did an encore solely with this song last time they played the Governor’s Ball, so this time let’s not make a huge spectacle of it and slap it right in the middle. If you can’t infer why they did that two years ago then you probably have a daughter named gullible.
11. ‘Fear of Sleep’
12. ‘What Ever Happened?’
13. ‘I Can’t Win’
Three more personal/fan favorites, the last being the symphonious manifestation of my struggles for intimacy.
14. ‘Hard To Explain’
Their best song, setting up the finishing spectacle that I am optimistically approaching this show with.
15. ‘Is This It’
Something I’ve found is that songs that routinely open shows/encores actually have nice parking spot with their name on it at the end of main sets. Besides, this one builds more excitement and adrenaline than Rex Ryan in a DSW.
^^^ PLEASE WITH OLE INTRO ^^^
16. ‘The Modern Age’
I command complete darkness and dead silence before this song, almost like a live look at Circuit City.
17. ‘You Only Live Once’
You know why I want to hear this? Because you only live once, that’s the motto of the YOLO.
18. ‘Take It Or Leave It’
Anyone with the vaguest knowledge of the Strokes should’ve seen this coming more than the sun rising in the morning.
There will be a few more of these in the next two weeks, definitely a Killers II installment, and maybe a Beck and Death Cab. Cherrio.