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I guess I'll write stuff about Coachella now.

Well, the first thing that happened to us when we actually got onto the grounds, before we had even gotten out of the car, we were offered drugs. My Uncle declined, though. Once we were inside the festival itself, we bought a bunch of water and walked around taking pictures of things. The first band that I saw was Kinky, this awesome group from Mexico. Very fun.

Later in the day, after wandering around even more, I saw Junior Senior in the Mojave tent....and I cannot express just how fun that was. Dancing, dancing and more dancing. And singing along. Yes, yes. And then the guy from the B-52's came on stage and sang with them, eventually followed by them playing Twist and Shout for Har Mar Superstar, who proceeded to run out onstage and dance (it was his birthday). After Junior Senior was done, we tried to catch Death Cab for Cutie, but there were too many people there already (especially since both Junior Senior and Beck had JUST finished). We could hear them well enough, though.

We went over to the Playstation tent for a while (air-conditioning, bitches) and also tried to find my Uncle's wallet (turns out he had left it in the car). When we went back out, the number of people in font of the main stage had nearly doubled, which meant....time for Pixies. I ran into the crowd and found a fairly decent spot (not in the REALLY dense part of the crowd near the front, but still close enough to see them a bit) and waited. They started. They played music. They rrrrocked. And then it was over and time for Radiohead. I was able to move a little bit closer...and it was worth it. Very awesome, they were. It convinced me to go purchase their CDs and actively listen to them when I got home, so that's gonna happen soon, I think.

Okay, so that was the first day. My Mom kept complaining on the way back to the motel....which led to a bitter argument the next day in a Mexican restaurant. Oh yeah, did I mention that at the motel, a cot was $25 extra a night? Yeah, so I slept on the floor. Did I also mention that during the day it was usually around 100°? Yeah, that wasn't fun. Oh well.

So the second day I told my Mom and Uncle that we didn't have to go until Belle & Sebastian were scheduled to be there, which wasn't until about 6. My Mom was being stubborn and almost didn't go, but I guilted her into it (and agreed that we would leave right after the Lips, since I'm fairly indifferent when it comes to the Cure). The parking situation and the traffic was so bad, however, that we didn't manage to get to the main stage until after their set was over. Aye, that made me sad. But then Air was there. Air was good, and very much so.

And then....................Flaming Lips!! YES!!! It was magical. The set was incredibly short, but I didn't give a shit. It was still amazing. I'm sure all of you who are interested have already heard about the giant plastic bubble. Genius. And adorable...he kept falling down. I had a much better time at this show than I did at the first show of theirs that I saw, but only because I was so much closer to the stage and many of the people in the audience were actually happy to be seeing them. It was hypnotizing. Captivating, even. Given the choice to either go through life free of any worries or to live my life as though it was one big Flaming Lips concert....I would definitely choose the latter. Actually, that wouldn't be impossible. Yay.

When the Lips were over, I turned around to go find my Mom so that we could leave....and the sight that I encountered was one that could strike fear into the hardest of hearts. That is....dozens of Cure fans running in my direction, hoping to get closer to the stage. I did the only thing I could do...I stiffened up my shoulders and just ran into the wave of people, plowing down as many as I could. We got out of there eventually, and managed to get back to the motel virtually unscathed. The conversation with my Mom on the way back went a little something like this:

Me: So, what did we learn today?
Mom: *sigh*...not to complain so much.
Me: I was gonna say that it's, "The Flaming Lips kick ass", but that's a good lesson too.

So the next day we went home, and that's pretty much it.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 7th, 2004 11:34 pm (UTC)
1. I actually wasn't offered any drugs once my entire time there, and I camped out.

2. It was actually 104 degrees on Saturday and a stagger 118 on Sunday.

3. The Pixies DID rock.

4. People who've whined about the Lips set should probably be shot.

and finally

5. I propose a new rule henceforth banning all attempts at "Robert Smith Hair" by rabid Cure fans at shows. I could not see over the many gargantuan quaffs on display on day two.
May. 7th, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC)
Was it really that hot? None of the sources I've checked seem to agree on how hot it was.

And yeah, the people complaining about the Lips need to quit their bitchin' and just be glad that they got a chance to see them in the first place. Ingrateful whores.

Next time, we'll bring scissors. We can cut their hair, and should the blades happen to slip, well, we'll say that they brought it upon themselves.
May. 8th, 2004 05:10 am (UTC)
Your writing skills are perfectly fine, my dear! Great review! (I also like the idea of bringing scissors to anything where rabid Cure fans might be). I'm so glad you had fun!

Tell me this though....would it be worth it to see the Flaming Lips live if one got stuck way in the back of a crowd instead of up toward the front- or is the frontal position vital to the enjoyment of the event??? *is getting geared up for Lollapalooza and pondering advance tickets*
May. 8th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
The Lips are worth everything. If you love that band, then it doesn't matter where you are to feel amazing.
May. 8th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what Gena said. I mean, of course it's better to be more towards the front (as long as you don't mind being squished), but the Lips are definitely worth it...no matter where you are.
May. 8th, 2004 10:53 am (UTC)
It's good you are indifferent to the Cure because you would've had to witness this. Scary-looking, in my opinion.
May. 8th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
I saw those pictures....it is very scary....
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