T'Mershi Duween

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

Comments

Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1973 Aug-Sep: According to the information on "Piquantique" from Beat the Boots Volume I, the "T'Mershi Duween" contained on that boot is from a non-existent show from the previous tour. Noting that the "Piquantique" boot documents a show from the European tour, and that "T'Mershi Duween" premieres on this same tour (though not at the same show), I think it is safe to assume that the "T'Mershi Duween" on "Piquantique" is actually from this tour. This also seems to be the case since the "T'Mershi Duween" preformances from this outing sound quite similar to the performance captured on "Piquantique". Thus, having said all that, let me now say that this song is essentially performed as on "Piquantique" from Beat the Boots Volume I. The band had some difficulties with this song early on, and the first attempted performance involves Frank stopping the band and having them start over a couple of times. But apart from that, the tune premieres fully developed, and sounds here much as it would four tours later at the end of the Fall '74 tour.

REPRISE- During the final show of the tour, the band performs this tune for a second time, segueing into it from the remnants of a "Bebop Tango Reprise". The tune is essentially performed as it always is, with a slightly more chaotic ending.

1974 Oct-Mar: Essentially performed as on YCDTOSA Volume II, accounting for obvious differences in instrumentation.

1974 Jun-Dec: Essentially played as on YCDTOSA Volume II, with the only variation being tempo.

1975 Sep-Dec: Talk about weird. This bizarre rearrangement of an already bizarre tune appears a couple of times early in the tour before disappearing forever (this arangement, that is). The tune starts off quite differently, with Frank riffing away on guitar, and Brock joining him on sax. For what amounts to about thirty seconds of new music, this new introduction section is the "Tryin to Grow A Chin" version of introductions, with the band running through about five musical cliches before jumping into the "T'Mershi Duween" we recognize. After running through the main theme once, we get some random Brock sax and Estrada screaming, before the band jumps into a cheesy swing groove. Over this groove, FZ and Brock play the melody line as normal. This leads us to a short drum break, before the song concludes with a hyper-fast version of the closing theme. This is one of the more interesting tunes that this band performs, and is one of the few times on the tour when they perform slightly more challenging music.

1988: Essentially performed as on MAJNH. During rehearsals, this song was envisioned as a companion piece to "Catholic Girls", with TD coming in the middle part of "Catholic Girls". Hence, during the MAJNH version of "T'Mershi Duween", Ike utters the line "I am such a good boy," referring back to a not-performed "Catholic Girls". Sadly, this pairing never appeared in a concert. On 5/1, during a mammoth "Big Swifty", the European duo Zappistitoot- comprised of Mats Oberg and Morgan Agren, on keyboards and drums, respectively- perform a skeletal but accomplished version of "T'Mershi Duween".

 

 

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