Sebadoh & The Frogs

Metro - Chicago

March 9, 1995

First Appeared in The Music Box, March 1995, Volume 2, #3

Written by John Metzger


Sebadoh passed through Chicago with a pair of shows, March 9 at Metro and March 10 at the Lounge Ax. I managed to catch the Metro show, which was an incredibly short 75 minutes. Still the group managed to cram a ton of tunes into that time frame.

Most notable were two of my favorites, Brand New Love and Not a Friend which contained the heavy Neil Young & Crazy Horse feel that they do on their respective albums.

For the most part, though, the band shied away from their more radio-friendly (although unplayed) songs, opting instead to pound out their grittier songs, like Give Up and Drama Mine.

The Frogs opened with their offensive, glam rock, although musically, they're actually quite enjoyable. Still, it's no wonder Eddie Vedder had to chastise the audience for booing The Frogs when they opened for Pearl Jam at the United Center last year. They were pretty bizarre, and not for those with closed minds. While their lyrics may be offensive, you can't take them seriously. Instead, look at their songs with bitter, cynical sarcasm, and perhaps it will become more clear.

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