On Sunday night, Bostonist Jon and I hit up the all-ages Lily Allen show at Axis. Now, I may be getting on in years, but to me there's nothing like a show where you can drive into town at 8:15 pm, park, get in the door and buy/consume a few rounds before the main act takes the stage promptly at 9pm, then be home watching the E! News Report by 10:41 pm.
Besides discussing whether empire waisted dresses make all women look pregnant, we started to wax nostalgic about our high school days and, in particular, the 2 Tone / Ska bands that we both went to see back in the day. Allen draws on some traditional ska influences, like The Specials and her band includes a brass section -- which, for me, makes a show. Well, ok, a brass section and some solid gossip-fueled controversy...both of which Allen has (she portrays a "chav" image to the media but apparently grew up in an affluent family, with famous Brit parents.)
Anyway, predictably, Jon and I decided to pull out all the stops and start skanking it up about halfway through the show. Since Bostonians hardly bob when viewing live music, we may have stood out. But I realized -- who cares? -- I had two gin+tonics in my stomach and a boyfriend waiting at home. In other words, I was tipsy with no one to impress.
And FYI to my fellow concert-goers...that sample at the beginning of "Littlest Things"? It's Pierre Bachelet's Emmanuelle In The Mirror and Theme From Emmanuelle (from the film, yes, Emmanuelle.)