Here's a fun one! On Canada Day I listed some of my favourite Canadian releases and one of my picks was the debut album by Chixdiggit. I know they may not be everyone's taste, but if you want to see a band that you truly must experience live, go see Chixdiggit! I had the pleasure of seeing them 3 times in the 90's (1996, 1998, 1999) at the Pyramid Cabaret and each time they were very entertaining. Singer-guitarist KJ Jansen gets into his low split-leg goalie stance and the band drives through track after track Ramones-style, stopping only to let mouthpiece KJ say his bit. For a band that started out selling t-shirts before even learning to play instruments, Chixdiggit plays power pop-punk, who's enthusiasm more than makes up for their limited technical talent.
I remember hearing this live recording aired on CBC radio as part of their Just Concerts series on Saturday nights years ago. This show was recorded at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, I believe during Canadian Music Week (it used to precede the Juno awards in Toronto) or NXNE. I'm not even sure of the year, but judging by the setlist it was probably around 2000. A great sounding set and a good example of Chixdiggit's live show, fast, furious and fun...but I wish they played Gerry Cheevers!
CHIXDIGGIT Live At the Horseshoe Tavern CBC FM radio broadcast
01 Where's Your Mom 02 Sikome Beach 03 Stacked Like That 05 Gettin' Air 06 Shadowy Bangers From A Shadowy Duplex 07 Great Legs 08 Melissa Louise 09 Quit Your Job 10 Spanish Fever 11 Ohio 12 My Dad vs. P.M. 13 Folks Are Gone 14 I Wanna Hump You