We went out to the X show last night (with me hobbling on crutches) and goodness gracious, it was unbelievably good!
The whole set list was "by request", meaning the songs were voted on ahead of time. I'm not sure if this is great fun for the actual band, but watching a show that's fan-curated this way was so fun. The set was so solid, almost every song was one I was really excited to hear and sing along to (I never realized just how many X songs I know almost every single word to). I just screamed out words and did a little crutches-supported dance and had the best time ever!
They did two encores which included four (four!) songs that are very special to me. Real, honest-to-god top-favorites of mine:
-"See How We Are" (John + Exene acoustic. This song makes me cry and Josiah loves it too = big plus)
-"White Girl" (I love the haunting guitar hook in this song, and I think it shows off the odd melding of J + E's off-kilter harmonies, which is my favorite thing about X)
-"The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss"...Possibly best X song title ever and has also succinctly summed up my feelings about romantic/general malaise at dramatic times in my life.
-"Burning House of Love" I was shocked (shocked!!) they played this, because it's an amazing song from an otherwise pretty deplorable later album of theirs called "Ain't Love Grand". I have a big affinity for some of X's later and less critically lauded music, though, and this song is really dear to me. I used to listen to the acoustic Knitters version and cry and cry.
It was just so good. John Doe's voice is one of the most comforting things in the world to me (I'll gladly listen to his sometimes-patchy solo albums to be around it) and he looks just as handsome as ever. I find him mysteriously and stupidly handsome. He's not even my usual "type"...and he's almost a little weasel-y (normally a deal-breaker). Do you remember a looong time ago when I had the UPS man who looked just like John Doe? *Sigh*
I'll stop boring the majority of you who aren't X-people with all this talk, but I'm still all giddy from last night.