Top five: '90s albums we'd love to see performed live
Fri Sep 24 2010
We have '90s rock on the brain today. Maybe it has something to do with Pavement's much-anticipated NYC reunion shows, the last of which goes down tonight in Central Park, or Weezer's announcement that they'll play track-by-track sets of the Blue Album and Pinkerton at a yet-to-be-named venue in town. Or maybe we're just still buzzing from the summer's absolutely killer Spiritualized show at Radio City Music Hall, where frontman Jason Pierce and company went through a beautiful rendition of their 1997 masterpiece, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space . Whatever it is, we couldn't help but compile a wish list of '90s rock albums we'd love to see live—excluding already planned or completed engagements, like the Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin next summer—and the likelihood of each actually happening.
5. Modest Mouse performing The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
Likelihood: Not so good. You can still catch glimpses of Mouse's glory days in their current incarnation (of, what, 20 members?) when they play an oldie live. For us, though, they'll always sound best as a raw, occasionally unhinged power trio. God, just imagine this at Cake Shop.
4. Guided by Voices performing Bee Thousand (1994)
Likelihood: Good. With the announcement of a fall tour with their "classic" mid-'90s lineup, which comes to town November 7 at Terminal 5, Robert Pollard's recently reunited band seems up for a lot...and hopefully a live version of this lo-fi classic is also in store.
3. Beck performing Midnite Vultures (1999)
Likelihood: Hard to tell. It's never easy to gauge where Beck is headed, careerwise or musically. But the guy seems to be having a lot of fun with his Record Club series, so who knows? If this sexed-up hodgepodge of styles was handled like a Vegas spectacle live, it would be a blast.
2. Sleater-Kinney performing The Hot Rock (1999)
Likelihood: Vaguely promising. In March, Carrie Brownstein talked of the possibility of a reunion of the seminal Portland, Oregon, outfit. Fingers crossed.
1. Radiohead performing OK Computer (1997)
Likelihood: Very poor. Frankly, looking back (even to an album this fantastic) isn't their thing, as they're fucking Radiohead. But for a one-night-only gig, wow, this would be amazing.