Monday, February 09, 2004
Modern Man at Focus Inn Alexandria on February 8, 2004
Virginia TV is filming the show this night for a cable station in maybe Fairfax Va. Hopefully the Focus Inn web site will alert at least Virginians to the day/time the show is aired.
There is a huge crowd for this venue (I find out later a record 70 or so in attendance). Modern Man are 3 very funny guys, each an outstanding solo musician in his own right, David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach.
Their set includes:
Don't You Hate It When They Make You Sing Along - Of course the first song sets the tone for the evening. This is not going to be your normal folk show.
But then Modern Man begin to describe themselves Just another no-talent boy band getting by on raw sex? And people say how could 3 hotties like that be straight! Getting more realistic they say maybe they should be called Men To Graves - well that's a little dark. Or InContinent - that has a certain flow. We in the audience are howling - and this continues for the whole show.
Bumper Hunting - now who else writes songs about road kill?
My Father Looks like Moe
Inappropriate Singing Styles - Rob demonstrates why Pavorotti shouldn't sing Dylan songs, why Dylan shouldn't sing the classics, why Rap groups shouldn't attempt Rogers and Hammerstein, and why Neil Young shouldn't do anything...
ESPN - the best divorce song ever written - and they provide a witty observation. Why is the Christian right against gay marriage? Let them get married, then they'll stop having sex.
I Did It, I Did It, I Did It - the best married guy true confession song ever written!
Dog in Taiwan - you can't eat dog there. Who says these guys are informative!
Jews Don't Camp - I assume some Kerrville experience inspired this song
I Still Want It All The Time - Isn't this is a guy song? Why do they encourage women sing along on one of the choruses?
The FBI song - the line about Hoover is my favorite
Like a River
Channel Surfin' - again these guy really do nail who guys are.
A Much Better View of the Moon - one of the most beautiful songs ever written by a funny guy, or maybe any guy.
Eggs Don't Run - You don't have to be from New Jersey to get this song
The PR for this group says they are "Bridging the gap between the Three Tenors and the Three Stooges".
I've seen them before and always love their shows. And with this audience they were so on, so fast and furious with punch lines and asides. Or was it us in the audience? Were we just TOO responsive and too encouraging, egging them on to a faster and funniest kind of pace? Well as an audience we just didn't give up. We gave these guys two standing ovations! I want to see this show, and I want to see it again right here!
Their CD's are Modern Immaturity and Modern Men: The Wide Album. Click on the album names for links that include great descriptions of these guys, and song samples.