Firstly, thank you. You clearly got my letter. I got 2 out of 4 possible requests, one of them being Sunstroke House, so a girl ought to be happy with that.
Youâ€™d think so, wouldnâ€™t you.
Fact is, I came away from that gig last night with a pretty bad taste in my mouth. I tend to assume the best in people, you know? I tend to hope people will know how to behave and know how to shut the hell up when it matters. Turns out I was a bit wrong in this regard. That crowd last night rivaled the crowd at the now infamous Eels gig I attended at the same venue last year. How can people who pay money to attend a music show clearly dislike and not understand music as much as these people seemed to last night?
My heart swelled when I heard the opening bars of Sunstroke House. What the HELL was that guy doing, trying to (and failing to) clap along in time? How is that a clapalong song? In some crazy alternate universe maybe. Itâ€™s such a delicately beautiful song and last night it was massacred.
Also, dude, I gotta say â€“ the fact that you didnâ€™t completely lose it last night staggers me somewhat. Iâ€™ve read that you get upset with audiences and Iâ€™ve been witness to your onstage outbursts before. Last night I was totally ready for you to walk, particularly during Bottle Baby (BLESS you for playing this by the way) when someone sneezed and a large part of the crowd decided it was the FUNNIEST THING THEYâ€™D EVER HEARD. FFS.
Still, there were highlights. When the crowd shut up Sunstroke House and Men Who Follow Spring the Planet â€˜Round were great. Also, Train and Hole in Your Roof almost took the ceiling off the place.
Thanks for trying. Thanks for not walking off. Iâ€™m hoping you donâ€™t wait 3 years to release another album, because I really think you need to get the One Crowded Hour monkey off your back. Please donâ€™t despair, because there are who come see you who hang on to every word you say and will keep listening regardless of how many casual listeners dig your single.