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Andy Clockwise at the Satellite on Monday July 18th, 2011

From my Monday night experience at the Satellite, I guess anything can be expected during an Andy Clockwise’s show. I was not familiar with the Australian rocker and his antics, but he sure knows how to entertain with his rowdy improv-stand-up-comedian-raucous-rock-all-over-the-place,… you just have to experience it to believe it. And people who were there knew about it as this balding beefy but charismatic guy has built a sort of cult following since he decided to definitively leave his native Australia and stay in Los Angeles.

His lovable personality and his big energy were bigger than the stage, but he actually put the room on fire as soon as he started playing, never standing still a second, occupying the whole place since he entered the crowd several times; effectively, there were no boundaries between crazy Andy and his public during this non-stop wild musical ride going through all kinds of genres, without losing any momentum. Like a mental-ward-escapist, Andy jumped from the stage and danced on the bar, held a few people around the neck while singing, singled out a few cute girls to sing to them or invite them on stage. There was not a dull moment, and through his mischievous and sweating performance, he did not let himself a second to recover, giving everything he had.

He self-described his album ‘the Socialite’ as schizo-pop, and the music was effectively completely insane, expanding in all directions, from epic rock numbers (actually they were all epic) with big soaring choruses that could fit on a U2 album (but you would have to imagine Bono not taking himself seriously), to some loud Nick Cave’s madness, to some sort of rap delivery, and plenty of energetic pop tunes.

There was this true rocking number ‘Everybody’s In a Band’ during which he lost it completely, and declared his love for Beyonce, yeah ‘the Beyonce’, he really adores her apparently, and there was also this oddity called ‘Open Relationship’, he sang with a female friend, and the tune sounded like a lost Beck song although I doubt Beck would have dirty-danced it that way. He used a vocabulary of a rapper, calling us Motherfuckers every minute, made the whole crowd kneel down and scream ‘Guilty’ in the middle of the song called,… ‘Guilty’, and wanted everything louder, the guitar, the bass, the drum,… ‘I’m deaf!’ he screamed. I was exhausted from just watching him, even his cover of The Ronnettes’ ‘Be My Baby’ was on the boisterous side, despite the back-up vocals provided by a group of pretty girls that had rushed on stage.

And around 12:30 am, he did not want to stop, but was cut off since another band was scheduled later on … but he actually has a Monday residency at the Satellite in July, and his out-of-control character can get unleashed again next Monday!


 

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