About a year ago my girlfriend came back from seeing Two Gallants in Munich and thrust Wild Mountain Nation into my hand. She was, she said "disappointed with this band, they were so much more punky live". And she didn't like all of the effects on the voices on the CD. Maybe it would be something for me.
Now, I don't like Two Gallants (my girlfriend is a TG nut) and I thought to myself, why the hell would I want to listen to a TG support band? But, dutifully, I slid the CD in and watched as Wild Mountain Nation seduced my iTunes and... now, I'm a junkie, haunting iTunes for the slightest sign that BT will release more tracks, (I now have all albums and singles, all legally bought, I have to state) desperate for the day that BT will come far enough south for me to afford the tickets and the trip (eg Munich).
Now, I've scoured YouTube for BT live and must say, I love the version of Miss Spiritual Tramp (better even than the album version). But, even taking into account the poor recording quality, I was not so enamoured by what I saw. And now I'm a bit reticent. What if I don't enjoy the concert? I find most bands a disappointment live. I find myself tapping my foot waiting for the end. The last time I enjoyed a concert was a type of gypsy band called "Bratsch" who were just stunning and before that a Goth band called "Balaam and the Angels" - head-banging, half-naked mental scream. Best time of my life. And I don't even like Goth music. And I'd never heard of either Balaam or Bratsch before I went to see them. Nor would I want to buy any of their music on CD now.
So, dear BTers who have had the privilege of being present at a live concert. Will I be prejudiced by my CD-hugging, iPod-bopping over-sensitivity towards rough-and-ready amp-thumping, ear-bleeding, guitar-growling gigs? Or will I be just as seduced as I was when the CD slid into that slot? Should I care? Should you care? Can you convince me to put my money where my keyboard is and buy some tickets for the next BT gig?
And why, of all the things, despite it not being on my absolutely-has-to-be-done- today check-list, am I writing this post?