Heaven Knows I'm Lonely
Ain't That Strange
Sweet Thistle Pie
Been Around the World
Get Off This (w/ "What the fuck's a Hoosier" break)
Lonesome Johnny Blues
Happy Birthday To Me
100 Flower Power Maximum
This Is Cracker Soul
One Fine Day
Notes: First time I had heard Ain't That Strage. A very good song. Chicago crowds aways seem to love Dr. Bernice. Must be Kenny's accordian solo. When's the last time the played Loser? I can't remember it recently. That was a big treat. In honor of playing in Indianapolis last night, they did a "What the fuck's a Hoosier" breakdown during "Get Off This." After "HBTM" David said "Now it's time for the fun part of the show called 'interview the audience.'" Apparently someone had been flipping off the band during the song. David brought him onstage and demanded and explanation. So the guy said "It's like, you know, Happy fucking birthday to me! Fuck me!" He was a little drunk. That explanation satisfied David. He warned the audience not to heckle, as they've been doing this for 15 years. It was a good moment. An amazing version of Sweet Thistle Pie, not to mention 100FPM. One Fine Day smokes live. That was really great. I guess that's it. On to DeKalb tonight for another show. We certainly are lucky here in Chicago.
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It was a treat to hear two new songs (Ain't that Strange and One Fine Day). Sounds like they've been playing OFD for about 10 years now. 100 FPM was also great to hear for the first time in a long while--I don't know how that song is not one of their live staples.
My all-time most hilarious Cracker moment is easily now the Hoosier-ized version of Get Off This. During the breakdown, David set it up by saying something like, "So, we were in Indiana last night, where everybody calls themselves Hoosiers. What the fuck does Hoosier mean?" Then, instead of singing "Fuck the slice, we want the pie," he repeated "What the fuck does Hoosier mean?" over and over. I felt like I had done about 50 crunches after that one, my sides ached so much from laughing.
The drunk guy David summoned to the stage for flipping them off didn't know what to say when he was up there. I think David got his point across without really ripping into him, though Brandy had the line of the night when she said, "I think he's just jealous that I have four hot guys up here with me and he doesn't have any."
The crowd, mostly urban professionals, swelled pretty far back in the intersection as the show began, and most people in the front stayed there through the whole show. It was hard to tell how many people were specifically there to see Cracker and how many were just there for the festival, but aside from the guy giving the one-finger salute, they were pretty respectful and well-behaved.
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