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- Posted on Feb 28th 2010 12:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
Gipson, too, visualized his leap, while the rest of the group shifted from the sprinting ska of 'Alcoholic' to the brassy glam-rock bombast of Gary Glitter's 'Rock and Roll Part 2.' Then, in a flash, Moore, who recently spoke with Spinner about the band's legacy and documentary, and Gipson hurled themselves into the audience and began racing to the back of the club, literally swimming atop a sea of outstretched hands.
When they reached the far side of the room, they turned around and paddled back to the stage, their bodies held high by a diverse mix of black and white fans. Insofar as both Gipson and Moore completed their runs without breaking their necks, both were winners.
Such athleticism characterized Fishbone's 60-minute set, a precursor to the longer -- though not as energetic -- performance by the English Beat. The groups, both celebrating 30-plus years of existence, are crossing the country as part of the 'Spring Skaward' tour, a showcase for their unique hybrid-ska sounds.
Fishbone's approach centers on eclecticism. The Los Angeles-based septet flitted from funk to punk and reggae to ska, mixing in some metal whenever it saw fit. On the classic 'Lyin' Ass B----,' Moore ended the tune in gospel-preacher mode, excoriating the song's truth-bending female subject with holy-rolling fervor.
The English Beat, meanwhile, hewed closer to traditional Jamaican ska, albeit with the New Wave touches that characterized the U.K.'s late-'70s 2 Tone craze. The group was once signed to the label for which that movement was named, and with his trusty teardrop-shaped Vox Mark III guitar, singer and lone original member Dave Wakeling recreated such era touchstones as 'Tears of a Clown,' 'Rough Rider' and 'Mirror in the Bathroom.'
Wakeling also offered up a handful of tunes by his post-Beat band, General Public, among them the sublime 'Tenderness.' Before playing the song, he answered its central question: "Where is the tenderness?"
"It's right here," he said, pointing to the audience.
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