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inspired by nothinganything, i popped in an old video tape that someone had sent me forever ago of a ton of Sloan videos, interviews, live performances, etc., all from about shortly after the release of OCTA up until immediately after the release of Navy Blues.

it's SO weird to see Sloan commercials.

and to see Sloan not only perform on awards shows, but to also WIN the awards for Artist of the Year and such things.

it's so amazing to me to see a band that is virtually unknown here in the states have such a GIGANTIC following up in Canada, including people SLEEPING OUTSIDE OF RECORD STORES for days to be one of the first 100 people to get Navy Blues upon release, and to get a ticket to a more personal concert. o_O

okay, i shouldn't talk TOO much, i mean, i DID use visiting my friend nicole as an excuse to go see them live in washington d.c., and DID take a weekend vacation to L.A. just for a CHANCE to see them live (wasn't guaranteed since we didn't have tickets, and it WAS sold out, but luckily, everyone was there (including Ben Stiller) to see the opening act, Phantom Planet, so the place virtually cleared out between sets and we got to go in anyway...)

but i think that's where i draw the line, maybe.

what have YOU done for your favoritest band?

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watershipdown
May. 19th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
funny that i just wrote a huge sloan post too.

i can't help but think how kinda great and unfortunate it is that they are so unknown in the states. i'm actually hoping the show in chicago won't be too hella crowded and i can get to meet 'em and whatnot. turn into a blubbering idiot and all that.
aubkabob
May. 19th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
one thing i've noticed about both shows (more in d.c. than in l.a., though) is that sloan fans are the freaking NICEST you ever meet. in d.c., when they saw me taking pictures with my little disposable camera, they kept moving out of the way and urging me to get closer to the stage, so i ended up in 2nd row on jay's side, then eventually on patricks side after starting again in the back, all from people saying 'omg! you're taking pictures! here, have my spot!'

and i'm sure that even if they are busy, they'll still be running around in the crowd before hand and during the opening act (at least they did at the d.c. show and at the show superhype went to on sunday)...
watershipdown
May. 19th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, in the sloan community, everyone is talking about how they met 'em and hung out w/ em at the shows.

and seriously, canadians are nice to begin with, and then add to that the fans of the greatest rock band of our generation, and they've got to be nice folks. it'll be nice to see more than just a few people who are into the sloan rock action. :)
aubkabob
May. 28th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
absolutely!

one half of me wants SO badly for them to hit it big in the U.S., but the other half SO badly doesn't, because i'm selfish and love being able to go see my favoritest band on earth in such tiny venues!
pollytrance
May. 19th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
i feel like a bad fan considering what you have done for sloan...

while rasputina and the smashing pumpkins may not be my favouritest anymore, I have done some pretty expensive shit for them.

The first two Raspy shows, I made outfits (one was home-made bloomers (w/ lace and purple ribbon accents and the other was a green satin can-can outfit which was constructed from a Fred's of Hollywood corset and a thrift-store crinoline) and went to the shows with a gift for Melora (lead singer)...

For Smashing Pumpkins, all I can say is that I wore silver pants and a ZERO shirt and put dreads in my hair. Oh yeah. Hardcore. I envy your fandom soooo much.
aubkabob
May. 19th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
they're the only band that i've done that for, in fact, i feel slightly wracked with guilt that i haven't done anything remotely interesting like that to go see Nickel Creek, and they've been here in town twice. and i'm too lazy to take the city bus to downtown Portland and worry about a ride home later.

ooh, and then some of my old friends on my list may remember the time, too, that i 'got a flat tire' and took a 3 hour lunch to go see a live acoustical show of Better Than Ezra's, and came back in tears to work and reeking of gas with the story of being stranded on the freeway and having to hike in heels. ;)
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