Shirt: Zoot Woman - Things Aren’t What They Used To Be
Source: I really really love this band. It is the electronic nerd in me. so if you hate electronic music, stop here. but anyone who read the New Build post and liked it read on
this singer of this band goes by many names Jacques Lu Cont, Thin White Duke, and Paper faces. but mostly he is known as the less exciting name Stuart Price. Stuart was also in a band i used to love on Wall Of Sound called Les Rythmes Digitales.
I think LRD broke up or ceased rather, cause it might have been just Stuart. It was a weird time for music. Propellerheads were really popular at that time, Chemical Brothers too. but like many “scenes” in music sometimes the world is fickle and people loose interest. So here is where i think Stuart was smart and constantly re-invented himself. and a few years later starts Zoot Woman. It seemed to be a project band (to me at least) and i never thought i would see the light of day of them in America. And i didn’t for almost 8 years, i had given up, lost hope. then it happened. 3 shows. one in NY, one in Irvine and some god awful festival and once in SF.
I bought a plane ticket and a ticket to the show. i was determined to go. no way i was missing it. convinced another friend to go with me, but it needed to be a certain type of friend, one who would appreciate the gravity of this show. a simple “yeah i like music, ill go” would not do in this situation. I was geared up to go.
Super psyched cause I’m thinking now i can finally get that Zoot woman shirt i have been holding out for, what will they have, i hope it is cool. Nope. not a single stitch. its ok, im not going to complain.
So then i see a guy a used to work with (he is a bear, not the mammal but the hairy big guy that likes other hairy big guys). I talk to him for a bit he introduces me to his friends, part of me is scared they will want to get some of me..part of me is worried they wont think i am worthy enough to get with me. not knowing where i stand on the bear likeablity scale, i quickly move on to a new topic. Quickly as i am talking about something dumb and pointless, i notice that one of the guys i am talking to is Bob Mould. you know Bob of Husker Du right? dude is one of my heroes.
Suddenly i realize he is a Zoot Woman fan too. so i get extra stoked. 300 people in this club who came to see them and he and i are on the same page. i feel like all this obsession about this band was valid.
suffice it to say the show was awesome. it was one of those shows where you love every song, so there are no “bad” songs or downtime during the set. i leave on a pretty good high and am pretty convinced i will never get to see them ever again but i am ok with that. cause i doubt it will ever top that bar.
So how did i get this shirt then you ask? mail-order. yep i gave in. i hated that this shirt for this band i loved so much existed and i didn’t have it so i gave in. I don’t regret it the only thing i regret is a bad exchange rate and expensive shipping.
I am really genuinely curious to know what anyone thinks of this band, hit me with some feedback if you have it.