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gigography 1994

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Thursday, 20 January 1994   Lomax, Liverpool

poster

15 Ways / Behind the Counter / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Glam Racket / Why Are People Grudgeful / Reckoning / Free Range / M5 / A Past Gone Mad / Strychnine / Ed's Babe / War / I'm Frank / Hey! Student

Thanks to Barrie Reilly for the poster and Stephen Bailey for the set list. The first(?) live rendition of Hey! Student, a retelling of one of The Fall's earliest songs, "Hey! Fascist."

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Friday, 21 January 1994   Lomax, Liverpool

Behind the Counter / M5 / I'm Going to Spain / 15 Ways / Big New Prinz / Free Range / Hey! Student / Reckoning / I'm Frank / Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room / Glam Racket / A Past Gone Mad / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Strychnine / Deadbeat Descendent

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Saturday, 22 January 1994   Lomax, Liverpool

Happy Holiday / Return / M5 / I'm Going to Spain (intro) / 15 Ways / I'm Going to Spain / The Mixer / Reckoning / Glam Racket / Free Range / Paranoid Man in a Cheap Shit Room / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Hey! Student // Behind the Counter / Strychnine / A Past Gone Mad // I'm Frank

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Friday, 28 January 1994   The Fridge, Brixton, London

ticket

No tape exists? Thanks to Matt for the setlist, Gareth and Martin for the tickets, and Slick for these photos.

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Saturday, 29 January 1994   Oxford Venue, Oxford

No tape exists?

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Sunday, 30 January 1994   Oxford Venue, Oxford

No tape exists?

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Monday, 31 January 1994   Oxford Venue, Oxford

Yes, three dates at the same venue, says Paul Das who went to the first and third nights. No tape exists?

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Saturday, 5 February 1994   John Peel Session #17 (broadcast date; recorded Wed., 8 Dec. 1993)

M5 / Behind the Counter / Reckoning / Hey Student

Mark E. Smith - vocals; Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Dave Bush - keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums. Produced by Tony Worthington.

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Tuesday, 8 March 1994   ICA, The Mall, London

Michael Bracewell tries to interview MES. Read all about it on the TBLY site here.

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18 April : "15 Ways / Hey! Student / The $500 Bottle of Wine" single released

Friday, 29 April 1994   Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Surmount All Obstacles / Behind the Counter / Reckoning / 15 Ways / M5 / Not Up to Much / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Hey! Student / War / Big New Prinz / Middle Class Revolt / Happy Holiday / British People in Hot Weather / Glam-Racket / Free Range / I'm Frank / Strychnine / A Past Gone Mad / Return

Thanks to Gareth for the ticket.

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3 May : "Middle Class Revolt" album released

Tuesday, 24 May 1994   The Venue, Penzance

No tape exists?

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Wednesday, 25 May 1994   Exeter Lemongrove, University of Exeter

No tape exists? Thanks to Matt for the setlist.

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Thursday, 26 May 1994   Trinity Centre, Bristol

flier tick

No tape exists? Thanks to Mike Newport for the flier and ticket.

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Saturday, 28 May 1994   Vilnius Rock Festival, Lithuania

interview

No tape exists?

Starovoytenko Alex??: "Hello! This interview was done after the concert on 28 May 1994 Vilnius Rock Festival, Litnianiya. It was published in the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in summer 1994, the video version of the interview was broadcast in the tv program "Exotica", dedicated to The Fall. It was the first and probably the last time I saw Fall on Russian TV."

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Tuesday, 31 May 1994   The Anvil, Basingstoke

M5 / Behind the Counter / Reckoning / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Free Range / Not Up to Much / Surmount All Obstacles (MES leaves halfway through) / The Legend of Xanadu (instrumental, incomplete) / Glam Racket / Big New Prinz / 15 Ways / Hey! Student // Strychnine

- "They just want me to be... behind the counter, you fat bastards!" (amended lyrics to "Behind The Counter")
- "They're a bunch of fucking tramps who watch 'The Bill'." (more amended lyrics to "Behind The Counter")
- "I was a homosexual minister for rent. Forget about it! Carry on!" (amended lyrics to "Ladybird (Green Grass)"
- "Slovenly idiots!" (during "Free Range")
- "Sorry, I can't... can't work..." (during "Surmount All Obstacles", prompting walk-off)
- "White (suit) in the sun already with a baseball cap on, leering at young girls. Hup! Is that what you do for a living?" (amended lyrics to "Glam Racket")
- "Was shown in a freakshow early on, and had to deal with loads of thuggish-type bouncers from 'The Bill' - a very popular program at the moment." (amended lyrics to "Big New Prinz")
- "Sorry! Start again, please! Start again, start it again." (during the first attempt at "15 Ways")
- "And the (plates) behind the stage are completed by middle-aged idiots as they pretend to be interested in French: David, Trev, Pete." (amended lyrics to "Hey! Student)
- "All right, all right, let's get off. Go on. Right, sorry about that kids, we've just come from Lithuania and we got treated better there than we did here. It's a fucking shit-hole!" [drops microphone] (after "Strychnine")

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Wednesday, 1 June 1994   Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham

ticket

Surmount all Obstacles / Behind the Counter / 15 Ways / Reckoning / M5 / Not Up to Much / Ladybird (Green Grass) / War / Free Range / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / Hey! Student // Dead Beat Descendent / Strychnine // I'm Frank / Life Just Bounces

Thanks to the Manchester District Music Archive for the ticket.

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Friday, 3 June 1994   Riverside, Newcastle

listing

Surmount All Obstacles / Behind the Counter / Reckoning / 15 Ways / M5 / Not Up to Much / Ladybird (Green Grass) / War / Free Range / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / Hey! Student / Deadbeat Descendent / I'm Frank / Big New Prinz / Strychnine

Thanks to Grant for the ticket and Kevin for the listing.

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Sunday, 5 June 1994   Assembly Rooms, Derby

M5 / 15 Ways / Reckoning / Not Up to Much / Behind the Counter / Surmount All Obstacles / Ladybird (Green Grass) / War / Free Range / Middle Class Revolt / Glam-Racket / Hey! Student / Return / Dead Beat Descendant / Life Just Bounces

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Monday, 6 June 1994   Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union

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Monday, 20 June 1994   Paradise Factory, Manchester

Not a Fall gig; Mark was the guest DJ.

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Wednesday, 6 July 1994   Plaza, Glasgow (cancelled)

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Friday, 15 July 1994   Main Stage, Phoenix Festival, Stratford-on-Avon

M5 / 15 Ways / Behind the Counter / Reckoning / Surmount All Obstacles / Ladybird (Green Grass) / War / Free Range / Middle Class Revolt / Glam-Racket / Hey! Student / Not Up to Much

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August 1994 - March 1995 : lineup # 29 : Mark E. Smith (vocals), Brix E. Smith (guitar, vocals), Craig Scanlon (guitar), Steve Hanley (bass), Dave Bush (keyboards), Simon Wolstencroft (drums), Karl Burns (drums).

Saturday, 13 August 1994   The Arena, Glasgow

Thanks to Grant for the guestlist and Brian for the ticket.

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Monday, 15 August 1994   The Volcano Tent, Edinburgh

No tape exists? An afternoon performance for the Edinburgh Festival?

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Monday, 15 August 1994  The Acropolis, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Thanks to Gazza D for the ticket

M5 / Behind the Counter / Glam-Racket / Ladybird Green Grass / Reckoning / Free Range / War / 15 Ways / New Big Prinz / Hey Student

- "Do 'Hey! Student', please. Can you turn to the audience please, Craig?" (before "Hey Student"; sounds like "Life Just Bounces" was going to be the next song)

"MES started throwing punches after Reckoning, the target of his venom being the soundman and Karl Burns, allegedly." This might account for the very short set. Although Jon followed up with "The Acropolis gig on Calton Hill was a blinder in spite of MES's bad mood. They played with two drummers, Brix had recently rejoined and the band played on quite some time after MES stormed off. He was eventually persuaded to carry on, so it wasn't actually that short a set in the end.

Stevie Miller: "Just a quick addendum to this gig, which was as absolutely riotous as listed. Two other things stick in the mind: One was the drunk punk who started dancing on stage with Mark E Smith, who then pushed him into one of the poles supporting the marquee…which then began to list in an alarming fashion. The other was the fact that the shortened set was also due to the Fall having to finish by 10.30pm as the marquee was then being used for a show by the laughable Peter Powers - Stage Hypnotist!"

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Thursday, 1 September 1994   Roadhouse, Manchester

Behind the Counter / Not Up to Much / Ladybird (Green Grass) / M5 / Reckoning / 15 Ways / Free Range / War / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / Life Just Bounces / Hey! Student

Peter says: Behind the Counter / You Haven't Earned It Yet / Ladybird (Green Grass) / M5 / Reckoning / 15 Ways / I'm Frank / War / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / Life Just Bounces / Hey! Student

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Friday, 2 September 1994   Roadhouse, Manchester

Behind the Counter / Happy Holiday / Glam Racket / M5 / Ladybird (Green Grass) / 15 Ways / 15 Ways (take 2) / Free Range / Not Up to Much / War / British People in Hot Weather / Life Just Bounces / Hey! Student / Deadbeat Descendent

Karl provides some vocals in "Life Just Bounces"; someone (not sure who) does the same in "Hey! Student".
- "British People you can't beat up." (amended lyrics to "British People in Hot Weather")

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Saturday, 3 September 1994   Leadmill, Sheffield

Free Range / M5 / Not Up to Much / 15 Ways (aborted) / Behind the Counter / 15 Ways (aborted) / 15 Ways (take 3; complete) / Reckoning / Ladybird (Green Grass) / British People in Hot Weather / Bill Is Dead / Glam Racket / Hey! Student / Life Just Bounces / Deadbeat Descendant / Big New Prinz

"Free Range" is on "The 27 Points", as is the first half of "Glam Racket"; "British People in Hot Weather" may be, too. Karl provides some vocals in "Life Just Bounces".
- "This is the break without end. This is the meaningfulness of the man." (amended lyrics to "Free Range")
- "That's the fiftieth time the group have done it. They get it right now and then. Right!" (after "Not Up to Much")
- "Say why it's the (...)" (before "Behind the Counter")
- "Play that fucking tune (...)! Hup!" (during "Life Just Bounces")

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USA / Canada : 7 - 25 September

lots of reviews in a special US tour edition of The Biggest Library Yet # 5

Wednesday, 7 September 1994   Club Babyhead, Providence, Rhode Island

Surmount All Obstacles / M5 / Behind the Counter (twice) / Reckoning / Free Range / 15 Ways / Ladybird (Green Grass) / British People in Hot Weather / Big New Prinz / War (instr.) / Glam Racket (Brix vocals)

- "Good evening, we are The Fall, a (...) slow-coaches. Hup!" (during "M5")
- "We've got a (block) tonight, (...) Eurovision song contest (...). Whup!" (during "Free Range")

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Thursday, 8 September 1994   Axis, Boston, Massachusetts

Behind the Counter / M5 / Reckoning / Free Range / 15 Ways / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Big New Prinz / British People in Hot Weather / War / Glam Racket / Dead Beat Descendant

The gig was moved from Avalon down the street to Axis due to low ticket sales. Thanks to Milkcan for the ticket and me for the setlist.

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Friday, 9 September 1994   Black Cat, Washington DC

No tape exists?

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Saturday, 10 September 1994   Tramps, New York

poster

ticket review

Behind the Counter / M5 / 15 Ways / Reckoning / Free Range / Ladybird (Green Grass) / War / Big New Prinz / Middle Class Revolt / Lost in Music / Glam Racket / L.A. / Dead Beat Descendant

- "Good evening, we are The Fall, from the plains of indifference." (during "Behind the Counter")
- Brix: "Can you take me home tonight? I wanna see your place cos it makes me feel sick. The mirrors just reflect your face. It makes me sick." (amended lyrics to "Glam Racket")

Thanks to John Wojcik for the poster, Smurf for the photo, and Scott Simpson for the ticket and New York Times review.

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Sunday, 11 September 1994   Trocadero, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Free Range / Dead Beat Descendant / Behind the Counter / M5 / Bill Is Dead / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Lost in Music / New Big Prinz / War / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / L.A. / Hey! Student

Setlist posted to FallNet; not sure if a tape exists.

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Tuesday, 13 September 1994   RPM Club, Toronto, Canada

Behind the Counter / M5 / Free Range / Bill Is Dead / 15 Ways / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Lost in Music / Big New Prinz / War / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / Dead Beat Descendant / Hey! Student

Some great b&w shots of Mark and Brix from this gig; many thanks to Dave Fisher and Sandeep Atwal.

- Brix: "The lyrics are back in the hotel." (amended lyrics to "Ladybird (Green Grass)")
- Brix: "God! Come on!" (during "Glam Racket")

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Wednesday, 14 September 1994   Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Surmount All Obstacles / Behind the Counter / M5 / Reckoning / Free Range / Ladybird (Green Grass) / 15 Ways / Glam Racket / Glam Racket (take 2) / War / Not Up to Much / Deadbeat Descendant / Hey! Student / Life Just Bounces / Big New Prinz

- "Good evening, we are The Fall. From (...) to Heaven." (during "Surmount All Obstacles")
- "I'm getting thin from (carrion) idiots who don't know guitar parts." (amended lyrics to "Behind the Counter")
- "Can we start again, please?" (before the second attempt at "Glam Racket")

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Thursday, 15 September 1994   Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio

Behind the Counter / M5 / Reckoning / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Free Range / Glam Racket / Lost in Music / War / The League of Bald-Headed Men / Deadbeat Descendant / Hey! Student / Big New Prinz

Setlist posted to FallNet; not sure if a tape exists.

Patrick Joseph: "I was pressed against the stage for that show with my then girlfriend Ruth. At the end of the program, she leapt onto the stage, and darted to the set list and grabbed it from where it sat. She was drug off and ejected from the venue at this point, forcibly ejected through the back exit. I honestly don't remember if she got the thing for me or not, as her actions were so erratic and chaotic. If someone does claim to have it, be assured that it was done in thick black marker in the style of the one shown for the 28 Jan show of that same tour.  It is likely a bit crumpled. It was a wonderful performance, and I didn't even mind being snubbed when I said hello to Mark before the show. What else was he going to do?"

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Friday, 16 September 1994   Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois

No tape exists?

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Saturday, 17 September 1994   First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

No tape exists?

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Tuesday, 20 September 1994   The Starfish Room, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

No tape exists? Here's a report of the soundcheck, written by a member of the support band, as printed in an edition of "Sonic Death" {Sonic Youth's fanzine).

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Wednesday, 21 September 1994   Backstage, Seattle, Washington

Surmount All Obstacles / M5 / Behind the Counter / 15 Ways / Free Range / Reckoning / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Middle Class Revolt / Lost in Music / Happy Holiday / Glam Racket / Hey! Student

Thanks to Steve Robinson for the setlist.

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Thursday, 22 September 1994   La Luna, Portland, Oregon

M5 / Behind the Counter / 15 Ways / Reckoning / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Free Range / Lost in Music / Bill Is Dead / Glam Racket / Hey! Student (Brix on vocals) / Surmount All Obstacles / Life Just Bounces / Deadbeat Descendent / L.A.

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Saturday, 24 September 1994   Fillmore, San Francisco, California

M5 / Behind the Counter / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Reckoning / 15 Ways / Free Range / Lost in Music / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Middle Class Revolt / War / Glam Racket / Hey! Student / L.A. / Big New Prinz

Two attempts at "Hey! Student". Brix provides vocals on "L.A.", for the most part.

Many thanks to Jim Hildreth for the flyer.

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Sunday, 25 September 1994   The Palace, Los Angeles, California

No tape exists?

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Sunday, 20 November 1994   John Peel Session #18 (broadcast Saturday, 17 December)

Glam Racket-Star / Jingle Bell Rock / Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Numb at the Lodge

Mark E. Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar; Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Dave Bush - keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums; Karl Burns - drums; Lucy Rimmer - backing vocals on Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Produced by James Birtwistle, engineered by Paul Allen, recorded in Maida Vale 4.

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Thursday, 24 November 1994   Bradford University

poster

M5 / Behind the Counter / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Reckoning / 15 Ways / Feeling Numb / Free Range / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Don't Call Me Darling / Glam Racket / Life Just Bounces / I'm Not Satisfied / Big New Prinz / L.A. / Deadbeat Descendant

Thanks to Barrie Reilly for the poster.

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Monday, 19 December 1994   Al's Music Cafe (part of Jilly's?), Manchester

The Aphid / 15 Ways / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Behind the Counter / The Joke / Don't Call Me Darling / Free Range / Pearl City / Middle Class Revolt / Glam Racket / White Lightning / Life Just Bounces / War / Feeling Numb / M5 / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / L.A. / Deadbeat Descendant (instr.) / Big New Prinz

Brix lead vocals on "L.A." Thanks to the Mancherster District Music Archive for the ticket.

- "And pillage hopes with gusto, even though they have no nerve. They've got fat arses. They are in The Fall." (amended lyrics to "War")

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Tuesday, 20 December 1994   Northwick Theatre, Worcester

poster

Pearl City / The Aphid (instr.) / M5 / Behind the Counter / 15 Ways / Don't Call Me Darling / Bill Is Dead / Middle Class Revolt / The Joke / War / Free Range / Life Just Bounces / Glam Racket / Feeling Numb / L.A. / Deadbeat Descendant / Big New Prinz (instr.)

- "Can be a nice drop-beat to this band." (before "Deadbeat Descendant")

Thanks to Mike for the ticket, John Sanders for the poster, and Tim Jauncey for the setlist (which they didn't stick to). Mark didn't come out for the encore: instrumentals.

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Wednesday, 21 December 1994   Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

ticket

The Aphid / Behind the Counter / M5 / Ladybird (Green Grass) / Don't Call Me Darling / 15 Ways / Free Range / The Joke / Middle Class Revolt / Life Just Bounces / Glam Racket / Feeling Numb / Hey! Student / L.A. / Deadbeat Descendant

Brix provides some "Glam Racket/Star" lyrics in "Middle Class Revolt". There's 2 attempts at "Hey! Student". Thanks to Jeremy for the ticket.

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Thursday, 22 December 1994   Barbican, York

The Aphid (instr.) / M5 / Behind the Counter / Don't Call Me Darling / Ladybird (Green Grass) / 15 Ways / Pearl City / Free Range / Middle Class Revolt / The Joke / Life Just Bounces / Glam Racket / Feeling Numb / Big New Prinz / Deadbeat Descendant / L.A. (Brix vocals)

- "And that's why we have weeds on the stage." (during "15 Ways")
- "See bright white training shoe. Old coots retired early in Pearl City." (before "Pearl City")
- Brix: "You guys, I hate this fucking guitar. It's nothing but trouble!" [drops guitar] (after "L.A.")

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