Thursday, December 3, 2009

Engine Kid - Live - Thurston's - Chicago

Label: Bootleg
Year: 1993

I can't for the life of me remember where I got this bootleg, and until a few hours ago, I had completely forgotten I even had it. Turns out I have a couple of those organizer books full of cds that I had misplaced in a closet in the house, and it took a fairly aggressive cleaning spree to uncover them (along with an almost forgotten Derek Hess poster...good find!).
So anyway, I put it on, and I'll be damned if this isn't a really good quality live show. The sound is fantastic, must have been straight off the soundboard. Anyone here familiar with Thurston's in Chicago? I haven't ever heard of that club, but of course, I've never spent more than a few hours in Midway and O'Hare airports (and one side trip into that neighborhood with all the Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Oak Park maybe?), so my knowledge of the greater Chicagoland area is pretty limited to the Blues Brothers, John Hughes movies, the Superbowl Shuffle, and at least one "Chi-town Heat" version of an old NWA (National Wrestling Alliance, not Niggas With Attitude mind you) Starcade event. So, not a lot of familiarity. Sorry.
But, if you're a fan of Engine Kid's breakneck dynamics, and big guitar histrionics, as I am wont to be, do yourself the honor of trying this show out. Das is good.


Anonymous said...

This is a great recording! Thanks for sharing.

I'm kind of bummed that it sounds like they're going to start Winter Time on that last track, and then KC & The Sunshine Band interrupts them on the PA. Oh well, probably not enough time left in their set.

Here's my track listing if anyone needs it:

Quarter Mile Thunder
Bear Catching Fish
Treasure Chest
Mountain High
Cabin Fever
Winter Time (not really)

BTW, Looks like Thurston's is closed:

And used to be near the Elbo Room:

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I was at this show. I think this is the set when they played slower than normal in response to hecklers... I'll have a listen to the last couple songs to confirm.

Thanks for the recording!

Anonymous said...

Fan-fucking-tastic... Wow. I remember being called a 'pussy' for liking engine kid...this crushes! Thank you!

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