Does anyone knows why the band don't play the Telephono songs anymore? On Youtube you can find only 4 live videos and they're very old... And also, tomorrow they'll play on Lollapalooza, does anyone knows if there's a little chance to hear some older stuff?
Why no more Telephono?(17 posts)
Posted 5 years ago #
I think it's the combination of not remembering how to play the songs and also the fact that Telephono is their least favourite album. Sometimes I get the feeling they're even ashamed of it. I don't know why. It wasn't that bad at all.
As for Lollapalooza, I am positive they won't play any songs from Telephono. There may be a possibility for A Series Of Sneaks, but for a big performance like that, it will likely consist of their newer and more famous stuff. It's a shame though, isn't it? I love Telephono, and I think it would be so amazing to hear it live.
I was searching for info here and I read about the older bass player that sang also Dismember. Britt and her got in a fight or something and someone said that that's why they don't play older songs anymore: bad memories. But in 2008 they played Cvantez for the last time until now. Let's hope they change their minds today (0,1% chance of listening Plastic Mylar today, heheh).
Yes, that makes sense. Playing Cvantez in 2008 seems like a step forward; then again - that was six years ago. I hope (and I mean really hope) that one day Britt will cast those memories aside and maybe bring Telephono back into circulation once more. But that's it. I can only hope.
Speaking of Plastic Mylar, I really love the way the drums come in at the "Well are part of the motion-ment?" bit. Gets me every time.
Just thought I'd put that out there
OMG, right now in the gig, Britt said: What do you wanna hear?
I started screaming TELEPHONO MOTHERFUCKER so loud that my dad almost beated me, lol. And Britt started to play Don't Make Me A Target.
Well, it was close enough I guess. Haha
@Proler That is ridiculous lol! I saw them in 2009 and I was in front row. He was asking a few of us in front row what we wanted to hear. I kept yelling the whole time "Don't but the Realistic!!!!" I forgot what the girl next to me was yelling at him. But he said he didn't know how to play those songs.
And yes on the matter of Telephono Britt has said he's not too fond of it. Jim says he like the energy of the record. They both say there are some good moments on it, but really unlikely they will play anything off it.
Re: Cvantez, I'm pretty sure I was at that show. I'm curious, Spork, how you know the year? I'm pretty sure it was in Kansas City at a radio station's Xmas concert at the Midland Theater that Spoon headlined. I just recall hearing the opening and thinking, Jesus, this is Cvantez! I remember Britt saying they hadn't played it for awhile. I know I posted about it somewhere, but it must have been on the old Yahoo board. Anyway, if you got that info from a link, I'd love to see it.
Sorry, I guess that last post was addressed to Proler.
They played "the government darling" on the second leg of the ga x5 tour in Michigan. I remember thinking that was pretty cool at the time. Probably won't ever hear a song from that album again. We're lucky to get a few from sneaks still, the more albums spoon releases, the less you'll hear of the old classics. I was at the Vegas shows this year though, and the new stuff is what people should be most excited to hear. It's incredible. I can't wait to hear more of the songs at the royal oak show.
I did some more searching, and it turns out I didn't hear Cvantez in 2008. Maybe even better, I heard Nefarious! Wrong show, song and venue, but other than that, I was dead on.
There's a video on Youtube that they play Cvantez (I'm always looking for the meaning of this word, by the way). And I'm pretty sure that the lucky one is who watched them play Theme to Wendel Stivers, haha.
Proler, yes I'd consider myself lucky to hear Spoon play "Cvantez" or "Theme to Wendel Stivers". They are my top two faves from Telephono. After those, I'd love to hear updated takes on "All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed", "Government Darling" and "Plastic Mylar".
As far as the meaning of the word Cvantez, it remains a mystery. I noticed after downloading the 1997 KTRU radio show (http://indscene.net/2014/01/08/spoon-live-ktru-free-download/), that the title is listed as "C Vantez". Makes me wonder if that's the proper title, and C stands for "Carolina" -- as in a person named Carolina Vantez. It's as good a guess as any, I suppose.
Anything pre-Merge is probably cloudy or stormy for Britt. The fact that TELEPHONO is weighed down by Pixie-dust from ne'er-do-well Wendel Stivers and memories of the lines in the lawsuit from Andy Maguire doesn't help. Below is an excerpt from my old Austin music column which you may find interesting.
ANOTHER HEAPING SPOONFUL (orig. pub. Aug. 1996)
Now that Reivers front-man and current hotshot producer John Croslin has ended his temporary stint as bass player for Spoon,
he's headed back into the studio full force. Croslin recently hopped up to Dayton, Ohio to produce eight songs for lauded
lo-fi-ers Guided By Voices, with whom he’d hung out during a previous Spoon/GBV tour. "We threw 'em together with four-tracks
and stuff," says Croslin of the new tracks, which are scheduled to appear on GBV's upcoming album "Max Earwhig!".
Getting back to former Spoon bassists, Andy Maguire has two new projects going, one a band with Pam Peltz, Susie Martinez,
and Lisa Wickware (the latter two are exiting the Hormones) that "has no name yet but is ready to play" (I guess they're
waiting for Peltz to have one of her precognizant dreams). You might also notice that "Barbie Dahl" in the band Handful looks
a lot like Maguire. Of the legal battles currently in motion between Maguire and her former band-mates in Spoon, she declines
to comment, noting only that "I'm really happy to be playing now with nice people." Britt Daniel was unavailable for comment
since, as always, Spoon is out on the road, but his close, personal friend, "Drake Tungsten" does have a few things on his
mind – and they can be found on a new five-song EP from Peekaboo Records.
NOTE: The band featuring Andy, Pam, and Suzie released their 9-song CD in 1997 under the name URSA MAJOR. I *think* A-Mag sings lead on the last cut, a cover version of WIRE's "From the Nursery". (Pam, Daniel Johnston and I have a record coming out eventually, too -- probably under the name THE LITTLE RAT-SKULLS.)
Setlist fm is really great site that shows band's setlists.
They played Don't Buy the Realistic in Paris 11/6/14 :
I can't believe it. From all their songs on Telephono I always thought it's still a great tune. And killer live.
I got this live on Youtube, they played this song with another singer, and Britt made a mistake in the middle of the song. I think they will revive this song, I really think.
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