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Lineup: Luscious Jackson
Performance Date: 2 April 1997

Country: France
City: Paris
Venue: Divan du Monde

Other Bands/Artists at the Show:

  • One Inch Punch

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Muzik, 25th June 1997
Guitars are crap. It’s a simple and obvious fact of modern life. Except when it comes to Luscious Jackson, that is.
Unless you've spent the last few months in some kind of secure unit, you’re probably well aware of Luscious Jackson's “Naked Eye” single. Or at least that Paragliders remix. Perhaps you've even checked out the New York all-girl band's 5 “Fever In, Fever Out” album. In which case, you'll know what a terrific post-club Saturday night comedown it can be. What's more, unlike all those dodgy old Mixmaster Morris records, the tracks still sound pretty bloody good on Sunday afternoon.
Augmented by a male DJ, who warms the crowd up with some ancient electro tunes and throws in a little scratching during the show itself, the five ladies cut it live, too. It’s easy to understand why The Beastie Boys signed the band to their Grand Royale imprint. Especially considering the way Gabby Glaser wields her guitar. In fact, there are times when she gets so hangdawg-diggerdy funky on the six-stringed plank that vocalist Jill Cunniff can barely sing for wiggling.
“Why Do I Lie?” is a case in point. On record, it is acoustic and melancholic, but tonight it sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire's “Forever" stripped to the bane and hauled up to humpbacked heaven. With the help of some mighty cool percussion and enough jazzy keyboard runs to make a lounge lizards purr, “Soothe Yourself" maintains the vibe, while “Mood Swing” is slinky pop meets lo-fi hip hop. It's what The Go-Go's would have been like if Belinda Carlisle had shared an analyst with Afrika Bambaataa. Only the cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s “69” doesn't sparkle as much as the other songs. Not that the locals seem to care, however.
Just as Luscious Jackson have plainly been listening to a lot of what's been going on in the world of bpms over the last couple of years, the dance acts who are now trying to move forward on the live front could do worse than seeing how these girls do it. Luscious Jackson don’t have a DAT for a start. They do have Gabby, though. Guitars are great, aren’t they?