The Posies with Redd Kross, Falling Joys, Slim’s, San Francisco, CA [02.14.91]

The Posies with Redd Kross, Falling Joys, Slim’s, San Francisco, CA [02.14.91]

Valentine’s Day 1991 in San Francisco the morning after spending a day with The Posies:

8:05 a.m. and I just woke up.  Making coffee in my motel room. Trying to wake up from the night before. I sip my coffee and sift through the past 24 hours: after my plane touched down at 10:30 AM the previous morning from San Diego, I took a bus from SFO to 9th & Mission and walked over to 333 11th Street to find Slim’s, a nightclub that I know nothing about other than Boz Scaggs had opened the place three years earlier. I locate the venue and check into the nearby Best Western Civic Center for $58.  Flop out, smoke a joint, make a couple of phone calls, get dressed and ramble out to find some food. Catch a couple Minibus transfers with the intent of reaching North Beach but don’t quite make it and end up eating Chinese at Wing Lee’s. Take the Mini down to Fisherman’s Wharf and loop back up to the motel. Shave, shower, smoke another joint and head over to Slim’s for sound check where I found the guys loading their gear in from the van. My new pal Jon Auer was extremely attentive the whole time, in part I’m sure by how awry our original plan of meeting for two whole days had morphed at the last minute into just spending several hours together.  Oh well…

Get inside and set up the gear for sound check where the band runs through electrifying versions of I Am The Cosmos, Suddenly Mary and Any Other Way. After sound check Jon and I walked back to the motel (”58 bucks! Wow, you must be rich.”)…we get stoned and roll a number for later (to which Jon keeps singing “so I went outside and smoked myself a J” (Paul Simon’s Late In The Evening cropped up several times that night). Walked back to Slim’s where our group of eight proceeded to spill into the van (including the four Posies — Jon, Ken Stringfellow, Rick Roberts & Mike Musberger, the band’s road manager Matt and two females who sing backup with tonight’s headliners the Redd Kross) and we go across town to a DGC shindig at the Chinese Hunan restaurant. The band is locked into doing a meet and greet with the David Geffen Company record company represenatives and it seems that a significant aspect of the band’s touring strategy is to sustain itself on catered parties and backstage hospitality. I was learning that such is life on the road, but unfortunately I had just ate (and Chinese to boot). We hang out from 7:45 to 9:10. Drive back to the venue, light up a joint and pass it around. We are hanging out in the back of the van whilst Matt drives and Ken sort of gives me the stink eye whilst Jon and I continue bonding over our shared love of the ganja.  Ken abstains and asks Matt to put Sheer Heart Attack on the tape deck. Now I’m Here. Oh, Now I’m There. Look around, around, around, around, around and cruise back across town where the eight of us file back into Slim’s and hang out in the downstairs dressing room until showtime. At 10:10 PM The Posies take the stage. Except for one or two bum notes and Rick breaking a bass string, it was a great performance and a fairly standard set from what I’ve witnessed thus far on the Dear 23 tour. Help break down the gear, hang out and wait for Redd Kross — watch their first 3 or 4 songs and go back downstairs where Jon, Ken & Rick are engaged in a stalemate discussion with a rep from Geffen who is trying to persuade them into touring the east coast and the mid-west.  But they say no can do — $$$ problems.  At the same time hear Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding through the ceiling of the club upstairs. RK finish their set, come downstairs, grab Jon, Ken & the girls to dance and sing backup on The Beatles’ You Can’t Do That and they finish the show with Jeff McDonald saying “This is a song written by an asshole named Gene Simmons” and launch into Kiss’ “Deuce.” The entire evening has been exilerating and after saying good bye to everyone grab a Dear 23 T-shirt, pile into the van and get dropped off three blocks away at the motel. Cashed, crash and out.

1) My Big Mouth [Rick breaks bass string]
2) You Avoid Parties
3) Under Easy
4) Apology
5) Any Other Way
6) Suddenly Mary
7) I Am The Cosmos
8) Help Yourself
9) Golden Blunders [with the gals]
10) Flood Of Sunshine
11) Feel