Friday, November 14, 2008


In August of 1992, I bought some tickets to a show at Tramps in NYC that was billed as "A Benefit For Victoria Williams." The headliners were Marshall Crenshaw & Jules Shear, with some special guests that included Bob Mould, Shawn Colvin, and Lou Reed. Victoria Williams needed some help with medical bills, and it was a only a few months later that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

The evening turned out to be full of surprises. One after another, amazing people graced the stage for mini sets that consisted of 3-4 songs each. The Jayhawks (great), Lucinda Williams (awesome) and an unsigned Jeff Buckley (only artist brought back for an encore. OFF THE HOOK!) all paid tribute. The last set of the evening before Miss Williams took the stage, was by Jules Shear, Marshall Crenshaw and third member, Graham Maby, billed as "Bag Of Soup." The longest set of the evening at a little over 30 minutes, this little super trio wowed the crowd with some fan favorites and a few choice covers.

I've cherished this recording for years. (Thanks Jules, if you're reading. Hope you don't mind me sharing)


The Sad Sound Of The Wind
She Hates To Go Home
If She Knew What She Wants
Fantastic Planet Of Love
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
If We Never Meet Again
Over The Rainbow




Ken D said...

I agree. "Bowl of Soup"is wonderful (except for a couple of spots where the tape slows down -- I forget, is that "wow" or "flutter"?) Is it OK to say that I bought the BoS bootleg at NYCD on your recommendation? I guess the statute of limitations has run out.

I didn't realize the set was just a part such a great show.

jeffcdo said...

Excellent, thanks for posting this.

Mark Rabinowitz said...

I was at that show. Shane Macgowan was playing next door at Bang On and I was going back and forth between both shows. It's a shame I got as drunk as I did (It was Shane and I was 23, how could I not?) because I don't remember much of either show. I certainly don't remember Buckley, but then again, I didn't know who he was. Pity.

Don't suppose you have a recording of the rest of that show.....

Sal Nunziato said...

Mark, I don't have any more of that show. I do have this memory though.

As we watched our show in the main room, three guys were transporting Shane to the other room. He was so drunk, it looked as if he was being wheeled in on a handtruck. I thought about that for weeks after, wondering just how he was going to take the stage.

Mark Rabinowitz said...

That's fantastic, Sal! Shane still manages to put on amazing shows while stewed. It's a miracle, really!