(Condo Fucks pic by flickr user alessandra luvisotto)
Who are these upstarts, and how'd they get such gnarly guitar tones? Until very recently, The Condo Fucks were the New London CT trio behind the regional hit "Fuckin' Gary Sandy"; now they're being flown to sexy Mediterranean locales to play for thousands of screaming European ravers. What gives?!
Their story is told elsewhere, and often with entertaining attempts at figuring out the true identities of these masked pottymouths. The trio of Georgia Condo (drums), Kid Condo (guitar), and James McNew (bass) are, of course, Yo La Tengo, the internet smugly declares. I ain't buying it.
Well, they sure ripped the joint at this year's Primavera Sound Festival. With the sun slowly going down behind them, they commenced with a bash, burn and holler that didn't let up for 47 minutes. Kid Condo scorched the air with tones so overheated they could've cooked the meat-drums pummeled to tenderness by Georgia. On songs like The Electric Eels' "Accident" and Roxy Music's "Remake/Remodel", James McNew (also of the group Dump) shredded his throat to a fine garnish. By the time it was all over, I felt like I'd been living for a month behind the couch in their rehearsal cave; and when I feel that way, I like to share it. As broadcast live at the start of our Barcelona broadcast day on Sunday May 29th, here's their entire searing set.
Read on for the set list, some treats, and a contest!
- "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (Small Faces)
- "Love Songs In The Night" (The Left Banke)
- "Last Time Around" (Del-Vetts / Undertones)
- "Tiger In Your Tank" (Muddy Waters)
- "I Want
You to Be My Girl" (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
- "Accident" (Electric Eels)
- "When the Lights Are Out" (Slade)
- "Bangkok" (Alex Chilton)
- "So Easy Baby" (Zantees)
- "Baskets of Love" (Fuzztones)
- "The Kid With the Replaceable Head" (Richard Hell)
- "Dog Meat" (Flamin' Groovies)
- "Come On Up" (Young Rascals)
- "Remake / Remodel" (Roxy Music)
Couldn't get 'em all, but I've got a bumper sticker for the first person to correctly identify the mystery track.
Check the WFMU archives for the Condo Fucks live performance on Joe Belock's 3-Chord Monte