I loved this 13 Most Beautiful show, a rare example of the Arts Festival taking a gamble on something “multimedia” and getting it right. Because it was simple – it was essentially Dean and Britta (ie Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500/Luna and Britta, his wife, also of Luna) and the music they had created for Andy Warhol’s screen-tests. The screen-test footage was (often) compelling but it was really just a concert. And that was good.
Special too, because it was Wareham’s first time playing in the city where he was born.
I interviewed him ahead of the gig and he was nice, despite the false-start and my nerves around him as a subject, and then more so given that shaky start. But we settled into things, found a groove, talked about the Velvet Underground a bit too…I remember him saying something along the lines of, “there’s so much in those four albums, you can just keep going back to them and finding more and more”. That’s how I feel. I’m sure plenty of others do too.
Dean and Britta returned with the Galaxie 500 show, which was also great. But I loved the cinematic aspects of this work – I think they write great movie soundtracks within and around their pop songs.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.