Scared Weird Little Guy’s Superband
@ The Famous Spiegeltent
11:59pm, Sun 10 Mar 2002
Short Review: Stompin’
The Scaredies Superband, after a prolonged wait, ripped into a set that sounded like my “80’s Greatest Hits” collection – “What I Like About You”, “Turning Japanese” and “My Sharona” straight off the bat. The banded sounded bloody great, to be honest – Scaredies on guitar and bass, with accompaniment of guitar, drums and a horns section(!).
Then came the special guests for the evening – pretty much most of the rest of the Fringe. Tripod come on for a crowd-pleasing “YMCA”, Brian Nankervis did an awesome Jagger impersonation for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Phil Nichol popped in for “Blister in the Sun”. There were many others I couldn’t place – “Mickey”, “Call Me”, “I See Red”, “TNT” – and special kudos to the guy that sang “Advance Australia Fair” to the tune of “Working Class Man”. The 3 Canadians rounded out the guest slots for a great Beastie Boys imitation (Derek complete with sad 70’s sunnies and arse hanging out of his pants) – “Fight For Your Right”.
The Superband closed their main set with a limp “Eye of the Tiger”, but happily returned for an encore of “Rock and Roll All Night”. Ignoring my pleas for “Tainted Love” (which would’ve made for a perfect 80’s night), they signed off with a stompingly emphatic “500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)”. Bloody great stuff.