I was a little young when Hüsker Dü was big, so I never really got into them. My introduction to the greatness that is Bob Mould was Sugar. I loved Suger so much. It’s a shame they didn’t get bigger than they did. Sugar basically only had two albums and both are great. If I was to pick one band to describe the early 90s sound, it would be Sugar. Bob Mould isn’t from Minneapolis, but he spent some time there. That was where Hüsker Dü and Sugar were formed. His star at First Ave is right below Prince’s. Bob Mould’s solo stuff probably isn’t as great as Sugar, but I still like it. He wrote a book a few years ago that I highly recommend to any Bob Mould fans.
I don’t remember when I first heard The Lemonheads. I just remember trying to fill my Columbia House order (remember them?), and saw the It’s A Shame About Ray album and thought I would give it a try because at least I’ve heard of The Lemonheads. I instantly fell in love with The Lemonheads. Juliana Hatfield played bass and backing vocals on It’s A Shame About Ray, and I fell in love with her too. I introduced my college roommate to The Lemonheads and he loved them too, along with Juliana Hatfield. I started getting into The Lemonheads back catalog, and really loved their old stuff too. They were more of a punk band in the late 80s and I loved it. Then in 1993 Come On Feel The Lemonheads came out and everybody knew who they were.
I remember watching Alternative Nation on MTV at my buddies house when the “Somebody to Shove” video came on. I instantly fell in love with Soul Asylum. It was crazy that they didn’t break out until their sixth album. Grave Dancers Union is a great album from start to finish, but “Runaway Train” got too overplayed. To this day, I alway skip that song when I listen to this album. “Black Gold” always reminds me of my senior year of high school. Soul Asylum is definitely my second favorite Minnesota band. Motion City Soundtrack being my favorite, obviously. Sorry to The Replacements and Hüsker Dü, and yeah Prince; not much of a fan.
Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend came out in 1991. I didn’t discover it until my college roommate introduced me to it in 1993. I don’t know if 1991 me would have liked Matthew Sweet, but 1993 me loved him. Girlfriend has always been a good road tripping album for me. To this day if I’m ever road tripping by myself I will crank this album up.
Towards the end of my senior year of high school I discovered Lookout! Records. I bought almost every album I could find off the label. I loved so many of the albums Lookout! was putting out those days. The albums weren’t all that well produced, the songs were just stupid simple punk rock songs, but damn were they good. Kerplunk! was probably my favorite off of Lookout!. I still listen to it a couple times a year. Green Day has come of long way and I have loved everything they have done. In fact I think their latest is one of their best. But sometimes I just love the rougher, simpler, older Green Day songs. Plus I have so many memories attached to these songs. From “Christie Road”, “80”, “Android”, all such good songs. Then there was “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?”. I had to look up who Holden Caulfield was and ended up reading The Catcher in the Rye. That was the beginning of reading for leisure for me.
This weeks revisit of albums from my teens is Blood Sugar Sex Magik from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Shortly after discovering Nirvana’s Nevermind I discovered this album. It was actually released the same day as Nevermind. I loved it because many of the songs were almost rap songs, and at the time I was still a fan of some rap music. One of my biggest memories from this album is listening to “Under The Bridge” on a band trip to Chicago. It’s weird how this is one of my few memories from that trip to Chicago. Hearing the album now for the first time in at least 15 years really brings back the memories.
So the other day I figured I should probably listen to something other than Motion City Soundtrack. I’ve been on pretty much a solid diet of Motion City Soundtrack lately. All their music is just so good, I never get sick of it. So yeah, the other day I checked out the new Blink-182 album. It’s an okay album, but I didn’t fall in love with it. It has a couple good songs, but that’s about it.
I’m also currently reading Travis Barker’s book Can I Say. It’s good so far. Probably not a great book if you’re not a fan, but if you are I would recommend it. I’ve been a Blink-182 fan forever, but just recently learned that Travis wasn’t in the band for their first two album. How did I not know that? I have no idea. This is the first Blink-182 video that I remember seeing:
Look how young they look, and yep, no Travis yet.
So just a few hours ago Motion City Soundtrack played their last note in Minneapolis. I wanted to be there so bad. I only had tickets for their first of four shows because at the time, I thought that would be their last. I didn’t realize they would play four sold out shows. If it was up to me, I would have went to all four. They are the only band that when the show ends, I always want more. After the first thirteen times seeing them, every time looking forward to the next.
Last Friday was the last for me.
I feel stupid, but this 40 something dude has been crying, and feeling really bummed out. I guess that’s how much I loved them. Their music is just so perfect. It’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to since their March announcement that they are ending.
Last Friday also probably marked the end of an era for me. Who knows if Ill ever be back to The Varsity or First Ave. There aren’t too many bands that are small enough to play those venues that I’m willing to travel to see. Plus I’m old. We met some cool kids at the show on Friday, and yeah, I’m old enough to be their dad. It was an amazing night. Motion City fans are just as cool as the band. It was the perfect way to end my moshing career too.
My fingers are cross for a reunion tour. This can’t really be the end, can it be?
So last night this happened.
Like always it was awesome. It was my 14th and last time seeing my favorite band. I wish I would have taken more pictures, and videos, but I much prefer to live it in real life and not through a camera lens.
Of course I bought VIP tickets for their last show. VIP included a meet-and-greet where they performed three acoustic songs.
They sounded so good.
After the songs they had a little Q and A, pictures with the band, first dibs at the merch table, then we got right up front for the concert.
It was such an awesome concert. Maybe it was just the Minnesota nice, but Motion City fans are the greatest too. We met friends that had been at many of the same concerts that we had been to.
You can see me in their band picture.
It’s a bummer that this is the end. I’m thankful of all the great music and shows they have given me. I totally understand how being constantly on the road can be a drag. I wish them the best at whatever they do next. If there is ever a reunion show, I am totally there and VIP if it’s in option.
A week from today I will be seeing Motion City Soundtrack for the last time. I’m looking forward to it and not looking forward to it at the same time. We got VIP tickets so we will be hanging out with the band before while they do a few acoustic songs. It will be awesome, but it sucks that this will be the last time. At the same time I’m so grateful for all the great music they have made, and I guess not too many people can say they saw their favorite band 14 times.
Last week someone posted a video from their VIP session in Des Moines. Here it is:
It’s going to be great. Sad, but great.
So a lot of people celebrate 3/11 day because of the band 311. I’m not really a 311 fan, but 3/11/16 is a date I will always remember. It’s the date my favorite band, Motion City Soundtrack, announced that they were calling it quits. I was shocked at first, but I understand how tour life could be a drag, especially since many of the band members have kids now. My sad turned in to glad when I realized all the great music and great times the band has given me. So while I’m sad that it’s over, I’m so glad it happened.
I’ve read what a lot of people wrote about the band, but this article is the best.
Trying to remember all the times I’ve seen them, I went through all my ticket stubs. I thought it was 14 time, but I guess I’ve only seen them 13 times. Number 14 will be this June. Here are all the Motion City Soundtrack shows I’ve been to:
05/23/2004 @ The Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
07/24/2005 @ Vans Warped Tour, Minneapolis, MN
11/12/2005 @ The Myth, Maplewood, MN
12/12/2006 @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN
11/24/2007 @ The Myth, Maplewood, MN
05/27/2008 @ The Myth, Maplewood, MN
07/15/2008 @ The Venue, Fargo, ND
10/28/2010 @ First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
12/18/2010 @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
09/3/2011 @ Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
11/18/2012 @ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
04/21/2013 @ The Vault, Sioux Falls, SD
10/25/2015 @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
This past Monday they announced the first leg of their “So Long, Farewell” tour, and Tuesday VIP tickets went on sale. They went on sale at 10:00 am. I started refreshing my browser over and over starting at 9:58. At 10:01 I selected two vip tickets only to discover they were all sold out when I hit enter. I was pretty bummed, but still kept refreshing the page out of disbelief. Then at 10:09 suddenly there were tickets available. I scarfed them up as quick as I could. I couldn’t believe it, I GOT VIP TICKETS. Here is what VIP includes:
One General Admission Ticket
A Stripped-down Acoustic Set with Band (two songs)
One Raffle Entry to Win Prizes*
A Photo with the Band
One Exclusive Signed VIP Lithograph
A Live “Ask-Us-Anything” Session with Band Members
One Exclusive Wearable Button
One VIP Laminate and Lanyard
Priority Merch Shopping
Early Entry into the Venue with First Dibs on Front Row Access
*Chance to win relics from the MCS vault. Relics can range from: an exact Realistic/Moog MG–1 synthesizer used on tour and in the studio by the band that may or may not still work, lyric sheets, vinyl test pressings, posters, stage back drops used on tour, and more. One entry per person. Actual prizes may vary based on availability. Winner selected at end of Summer 2016 tour.
So my 14th time seeing Motion City Soundtrack will be a memorable one, and if I’m lucky, maybe I can catch them one more time when they announce the second leg of the tour.
So tomorrow I’m going to see Fall Out Boy again. I honestly don’t remember how many times I’ve seem them. It’s more than five, but less than the 14 times I’ve seen Motion City Soundtrack. Everybody says I go to a lot of concerts, but really, I’m just old. I probably only go to two or three concerts a year. They just add up over the years.
My love of music started early. In 1985 I got a boombox, or as we called them, a “Ghetto Blaster” for Christmas. I wasn’t a fan of the couple of cassettes I got with it, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, but I would soon enough find music I would enjoy. My Mom wasn’t one of those cool parents that introduced their kids to the Beatles. It would be decades before I would discover the greatness of the Beatles. Around that same time our cable company got MTV.
Thanks to MTV I got into a few of the hair metal bands of the 80s. I loved Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row, Gun N’ Roses, and Warrant. That’s about where my love for hair metal began and ended. As a poor middle school student, I was on a limited budget. Then I discovered the Beastie Boys. I had to find more music like them. What is this rap music? Back in those days, rap music wasn’t played on MTV. Eventually rap music got its own show, Yo! MTV Raps, and I was in heaven. I loved Run DMC, Public Enemy, KRS One, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and many others.
Then 1991 came and along and with it came “Smells Like Teen Spirt”. I never listened to another rap album. Nirvana changed everything. I was now a high school student with a minimum wage job and no bills, so I could afford cassettes and eventually CDs. I was getting into underground 90s alternative rock. Bands with funny names that nobody ever heard of like Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains. They all would become huge. And others like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., and Sugar, who weren’t as huge, but just as great. I would buy CD just because I’d heard of the band, or a band I liked mentioned them. I was buying a couple CDs a week. I loved when I could catch 120 Minutes on MTV. That was the only show that played the music I was into.
Eventually 90s alternative rock became main stream. The 90s seem to be the only time period in my life where my music was being played on the radio. I hear most peoples favorite music is from their college years. I was lucky to have a roommate that was into the same music. He introduced my to Matthew Sweet, and Urge Overkill. I got him into The Lemonheads, and Candlebox. We both discovered the greatness of Liz Phair and Juliana Hatfield. I also loved female singers. Not too many people I knew listened to many female bands. I loved Letters to Cleo, Tracy Bonham, Bree Sharp, The Breeders, Veruca Salt, Garbage, Hole, and many many others.
Then the late 90s came and music for me was blah. Also, since I was no longer in school, the years all blurred together. It’s weird how my music style seems to shift every ten years or so. In the mid 90s I was also into a lot of punk bands, NOFX, Screeching Weasel, Mr. T Experience, Bad Religion, and many others. These were internet years. It was easy to find and hear new bands. I pretty much loved every band on Epitaph Record, Fat Wreck Chords, and Lookout Records. The mid 90s were great, the late 90s though…blah.
Then in 2003 music became great again. I discovered my all time favorite band Motion City Soundtrack along with other bands nobody heard of like Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, and many others. I still don’t really know what to call this phase, Pop-Punk? Emo? That’s the stuff I was listening to, and maybe still? I don’t even know what I’m listening to now. I am currently in a blah stage.
Now I’m mostly listening to podcasts. I’m still always looking for great music, but haven’t found much lately. Is there another phase coming? Am I just old and will only listen to old music now? Who knows?
I like to think I have a great taste in music, but I’m rarely into mainstream music. My tastes have changed from Hair Metal, to Rap, to Alternative Rock, to Punk, and Pop-Punk/Emo. I’m always looking for something new and different.