Hey, it's Saturday night and if you need something to spice up your party, here's a great rockin' concert from 1986. This show was from around the time I first heard the Beat Farmers, first hearing the first album, Tales Of The New West and then buying, Van Go. What caught my attention was a couple of really good covers, There She Goes Again (Velvet Underground) and Powerfinger (Neil Young) from the first two albums. Both records received heavy rotation on my turntable at the time and their catchy country-rock sound led me to listen to other similar-named and sounding bands, Beat Rodeo, Blue Rodeo and later the Blue Shadows. They also turned me onto bands such as the Long Ryders, The Blasters, Jason and the Scorchers and E-I-E-I-O. Yes, the mid-eighties was a good time for country-esque college rock and even today listen to these bands quite often.
I never saw the Beat Farmers live, but from I've read and heard they were an amazing live band. The next best thing is this live recording which was a radio broadcast so it boasts outstanding sound as the band plows through this set of circa, Van Go and pre-Pursuit of Happiness songs. Loud and plowed and...an excellent soundtrack for Saturday night!
BEAT FARMERS China Club, NYC, NY September 30, 1986 WNEW-FM Broadcast
01. Death Train 02. There She Goes Again 03. This Broken Heart Of Mine 04. Ridin 05. Deceiver 06. The Future Today 07. Lonesome Bunny Call 08. Happy Boy 09. Big Ugly Wheels 10. Bigger Stones 11. Powderfinger 12. Selfish Heart 13. Texas 14. Beat Generation 15. Be Here By Me 16. Reason To Believe 17. God Is Here Tonight 18. Riverside 19. California Kid Encore: 20. Revenuer Man