Sunday, July 12, 2009

More 90s stuff... Live Royal Trux

Been going through a bit of a Royal Trux phase lately, rediscovering the joys of air conditioning, ice cream and that first RT album. Anyways, dug out a CDr of live jams that I got from Mike Chaiken from Halana and Dance Chromatic and the computer.

The first show is an in the red audience recording of 4 live songs in Ann Arbor, MI on Nov 10 1990. In spite of the crackles and tape hiss and such, this is a pretty crazy representation of Royal Trux live back then (I mean, I guess, the first time I saw them had to be 1992 at the Khyber Pass with Smog. Nice Pooper!), Jennifer really laying it on, the weird percussion, everything seeming speedy. Still a pretty listenable recording and fairly rock and roll as well.

Then we have Royal Trux live on the U of Delaware's college station WXDR (now WVUD), jamming away for about 45 minutes. I am not sure what the first jam is, but damn, does it get trippy, about halfway through Neil Haggerty becomes totally San Francisco'd out and coaxes trails and shit from the deal... which is fitting as it leads into a cover of Moby Grape's "Motorcyle Irene." Unfortunately I cut this up a little crappily so you get the first verse of "Irene" to end the first jam. Sorry about that! Play it all together, it sounds fine and awesome. After that comes a cover of the Godz' "Radar Eyes" that just sounds like Can's "Yoo Do Right" until the main riff/vocal comes in... Amazing. Takes off again with some spacey keyboards invading the riff... Things eventually fall apart, but not for like 15 minutes. This is probably around the time I saw a trio version of Royal Trux at the Khyber, if that was possible. Oh my memory.

I am not sure of the lineage or any of that other taper stuff, though I think Mike went to Delaware, so maybe was close to the source of the FM broadcast? I don't know who the players are, nor do I know the first jam of the WXDR show. I see both of these shows listed on a Royal Trux bootleg page. Anyways, any hints, etc, drop me a line in the comments. Sorry for the fade outs, crackles, pops, all that jazz.

Royal Trux - Live Oct 1992 WXDR U of Delaware FM (this got pulled, sorry)

UPDATE: In the comments Mike hips me to the fact the first jam on the WXDR portion is a cover of the Byrds' "Why." Thanks!

11 comments:

Grk! said...

TYVM!

Anonymous said...

dude, you rule for posting Trux rareties! more please!

nicepooperzine said...

i wish i had more to post! but thanks!

Michael Chaiken said...

crazy this is online. i did go to delaware for a year in the mid-90s. seem to remember getting a tape of the WXDR show from one of the dudes in lettuce pray who had a radio show, somehow knew jennifer and neil, got them to play over the air, etc etc etc

Michael Chaiken said...

first jam is the byrds 'why?'
memories, memories. . . . thanks for posting

nicepooperzine said...

hey mike, thanks for checking in. i hope you are doing well and thanks for hooking me up with these recordings in the first place. take care... andyp

Michael Chaiken said...

Glad to contribute. I'm in NYC. Doing fine. Film, writing, blah blah, etc, etc, cough cough. . .

A friend forwarded this to me last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRV4uFLBZFI&feature=player_embedded

Which had me looking to see if that WXDR show might of somehow ended up online! Lo and
behold. . .

keep up the good works

best,

MC

Anonymous said...

Joy oh Joy. Thank you so !

nicepooperzine said...

Looks like the UofD one got pulled. Sorry

95d09dbc-1757-11e3-b25f-000f20980440 said...

Dang! Wish this one was still kicking around.

pinkpressthreat said...

fuck it - late to the party. If anythin else turns up please let me know