Cloaca Melodia

My life in concerts, by Mike Sauter.


Elvis Costello

Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ

After the intensity of the experience seeing Costello live in 1987, I wouldn't have missed this tour for the world. I gathered a small posse of college friends to go, all folks who would eventually rate their own Wikipedia and/or IMDB entries: Chris Regan, Danny Vermont, and Mike Royce.

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It was Elvis' birthday, his 35th, and throughout the concert audience members shouted out birthday greetings. A couple folks even had homemade signs wishing him happy birthday. Elvis assiduously ignored all references to the milestone throughout the show--until his bandmates pranked him. Halfway through the set, Elvis launched into the next song on the setlist and suddenly realized that everyone else on stage was playing something different than he. Panic briefly took over his face until it dawned on him that the band was playing "Happy Birthday." Cake was produced as Elvis nodded sheepishly at the other musicians with a you-got-me look, as the crowd roared with approval. No longer able to pretend that it wasn't his birthday, he then thanked everyone in the audience for their well-wishes.

set list:
Accidents Will Happen
Brilliant Mistake
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
Let Him Dangle
God's Comic
Radio Sweetheart/Jackie Wilson Said
Green Shirt
Pretty Flamingo
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Girls Talk
American Without Tears
Pads, Paws and Claws
...This Town...
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
Uncomplicated/Hidden Charms
Mystery Dance
(encore break)
(encore break)
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
Watching The Detectives
(encore break)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Pump It Up

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The Cure/Love & Rockets/The Pixies

Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ

I bought a pair of tickets to bring my girlfriend to this concert, but she broke up with me before the show. I ended up going alone. This was the best possible way to experience a concert by The Cure on the Disintegration tour.

I found it amusing to see a big, multi-band concert (not only where there the main three bands, but Shelleyan Orphan also opened) on the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.

It was at this concert for the first (and probably last) time that I heard the expression "blooted" used for "vomited."

The Cure set list:

Pictures of You
Kyoto Song
A Night Like This
Just Like Heaven
Last Dance
Fascination Street
Charlotte Sometimes
The Walk
A Forest
In Between Days
The Same Deep Water as You
Prayers for Rain

[encore break]

Close to Me
Let's Go to Bed
Why Can't I Be You?

[2nd encore break]

Three Imaginary Boys
Boys Don't Cry
10:15 Saturday Night
Killing an Arab

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