Fugazi close to finishing complete concert archive

Posted July 20th, 2010 by Eric Greenwood · No Comments

I like to think of myself as a pretty big Fugazi fan, having seen them live five or six times over the years, but the news of the band’s upcoming massive live archive website isn’t as exciting to me as it seems to be for everyone else. With literally hundreds of shows being digitized and archived it will be an extensive and daunting compilation of concerts. I’m just not sure how many times I’d want to suffer through the inevitable lectures from Ian Mackaye about “friendly dancing,” which were always a buzzkill at Fugazi shows- not so much because I wanted free reign to smash into fellow concert goers but because it always came off so patronizing and cheesy. The band’s staunch PC-ness always rubbed me the wrong way, and this was the dreaded reminder at practically every show. But I suppose the completeness of this archive wouldn’t be the same without them. Plus, Fugazi never half-assed a show, so the music should outweigh any sort of embarrassing banter. And from a historical perspective, this website will provide newer, younger fans a chance to hear the band, warts ‘n all, at every juncture of its career, since they weren’t around to experience it first hand. Dischord plans to announce the unveiling of the website later this year.

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