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The Thin Kids

Wednesday February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Audience:  18 and over
The Troubadour
Level 2, 322 Brunswick St, Brisbane
QLD, 4006, Australia.
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The Thin Kids

To pre-empt an answer to your inevitable question, I'm reviewing this show because it's a cultural artefact frozen in time. At 10.30pm on February 24 2010, The Thin Kids are relevant for 45 minutes, and perhaps, never again. There are a few ways to interpret tonight's performance:

 1. An ego-massaging vanity project started by four local music identities;
 2. A proper avant-garde/punk/folk/pop band, deserving of considered critical appraisal;
 3. An in-joke that's so bad, it's good.

I side with reason #3 from the moment someone wails a loud "fuck off!" from the back of the room as soon as the band address the crowd (and oddly, it's there that the heckling stops). I get the feeling that everyone here is in on the joke, too. It's doubtful that anyone among the dozens here is assuming the role of actual music critic. I'm not. To begin critiquing the show on a musical level is, frankly, to miss the point.

The Thin Kids are a project dreamed up by Everett True - music journalist, Kurt and Courtney's original go-between, current PhD student and occasional stage performer as “The Legend!” - and Edward Guglielmino, a well-travelled Brisbane musician in his own right. Were this a regular band, you'd call True “the vocalist” and Guglielmino the “guitarist”. But they're not regular - not really, anyway - so let's not shoehorn them into roles. True's British accent bumbles around the room on '23 Things I'd Like To Change About The Brisbane Music Scene'. Excerpts include, “No streetpress”, “no stairs” and “no Ric's” (in reference to the venue across the road). There’s also 'Listening To Flipper On The Car Stereo' and a couple of tall tales based around The Thin Kids' conception.

“Some might consider us avant-garde,” deadpans True, in reference to a street press review of their support performance for The Cribs last week. (The sentence ended, “...but most would deem irrevocably shit.”)

The very existence of The Thin Kids is based on this circular, self-referencing nature. WhoTheHell.net critic Sophie Benjamin recently commented that the band are "an in-joke that shouldn’t have been let out”, so naturally, they debut a song written around that critique. The words are distributed among the audience by xylophonist and back-up vocalist Maggie Collins - manager of local acts DZ, The John Steel Singers and Skinny Jean, and Gugliemino's partner - before the band realise they've given out all of the sheets, and that they don't actually know the words. Scott Regan, key member of The Gin Club, is tonight’s tipsy drummer and keyboardist.

'You're Not On The Guestlist, You're Not Coming In!' closes the set; the four peter out upon exhausting their supply of songs. Or jokes. By this point, I can't tell anymore.

by Andrew McMillen

Your Comments

Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

Fair comment. The head of music at QUT diplomatically remarked that he thought ''there might be some tunes in there somewhere'' but that...really...it was all about the entertainment. As I sagely remarked on Facebook last week, ''the only people who hate us are the critics. Mind you, they're the only people who've seen us.'' (We have a very select crowd: university professors, Daniel Johnston fans and ABC presenters.)

And as for that line: an in-joke that shouldn't have been let out... it was too good not to use.

Musically or entertainment-wise, we're still way better than 95% of the dross around, though. I only bow to Beaches, Kitchen's Floor, Bitch Prefect, The Drones, Ivy St, Songs, Witch Hats, Bridezilla, Ben Salter, No Anchor and Mick Turner.


josejones  said about 4 years ago:

Hi Jerry. Are you going to write a 'song' about this review?


NiteShok  said about 4 years ago:

For those playing at home: Jerry Thackray = Everett True


LemingsDream  said about 4 years ago:

I don't know whats going on, and I am in the band. ED G.


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

I only bow to Beaches, Kitchen's Floor, Bitch Prefect, The Drones, Ivy St, Songs, Witch Hats, Bridezilla, Ben Salter, No Anchor, Toad's version of cape cod affair and Mick Turner.

Fixed.


josejones  said about 4 years ago:

For those playing at home: Jerry Thackray = Everett True

Is this the guy that gave Daniel Johnston a Kurt Cobain t-shirt?


Postal  said about 4 years ago:

I think that everyone, Jerry included, is either unaware, or underestimating the combined fame of the backing band and its role in how many people attended on Wednesday. Sure Everett True was a draw card, but Edward Googlemaps has been in tabloid media 4 times in the last 12 months, and Maggie C is a triple j presenter, and Scottie is local x factor man wonder.

I've been following the Gin Club and Ed G for years and nearly all there shows are sold out. I even rode with Ed G on the Tasmanian leg of a tour once, documenting his method, he is a master creator of false realities, and controversy, or am I the only one who remembers when Lost of Love was on the front of city news.


josejones  said about 4 years ago:

but Edward Googlemaps has been in tabloid media 4 times in the last 12 months

for what?


semblance  said about 4 years ago:

and I'm the only one thinking, ''who cares?''


semblance  said about 4 years ago:

ok, thats the inevitable question?

with ya now cheers


rawr  said about 4 years ago:

and I'm the only one thinking, ''who cares?''

you're not the only one.

yawn.


LemingsDream  said about 4 years ago:

Postal! are you Andy? how have you been. Long lost. You know my pseudonym I told you about? Add him on facebook, or comment my fanpage. It's been ages, I lost your number.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

Actually I'm fully aware of my pulling power as a performer. How many other solo artists can boast they've played in front of an audience, the combined total of which is less than the artist on stage? Ed Googlemaps. I'm using that.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

My other shows in Brisbane are usually carried out in front of the proverbial ''one man and his dog''. And the dog usually wanders off halfway through. I think Ed Googlescholar got me in to the band to help pull the reins in on a career that was threaten to spiral wildly out of control.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

um, threatening. It wouldn't be so embarrassing, the lack of grammar, except I'm in the middle of teaching a class in music blogging.


annehelena  said about 4 years ago:

Phil Tripp should join the band.


montyclift  said about 4 years ago:

a class in music blogging.

why has that phrase made me break out in hysterics?


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

Mr Montyclift sir. Have you seen how bad most music blogs are?


montyclift  said about 4 years ago:

Mr Montyclift sir. Have you seen how bad most music blogs are?

oh certainly. but thats part of the charm.


Postal  said about 4 years ago:

I'm not sure how you would do in Melbourne or Sydney but if you came down to Hobart it would be a massive gig. Last Ed G show he was run out of town for making a interviewer cry on stage.

Everyone here hates him with vengeance which is probably why he pulls such a large crowd here. Also pissed off all the members of the indie scene for offering to book them gigs in Brisbane for a fee.......


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Zaphod  said about 4 years ago:

Zaphod. I don't need to masturbate. I already play music.

Um, yes. That was my point, Jerry. Hence *I think in your case*..


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

No no no. Don't be shy about what you're trying to say here, Zaphod. In all musicians' cases...


black wasp!  said about 4 years ago:

Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

It was about time somebody said it. I'm just surprised it was you.


Zaphod  said about 4 years ago:

Fap fap fap.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

''Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities'' - Oscar Wilde


FrankieTeardrop  said about 4 years ago:

So why do you ridicule us so, Jerry? Why?


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

You see, Frankie, that doesn't work on so many different levels.


FrankieTeardrop  said about 4 years ago:

I know. It takes a genius to make this internet humour shit work. I can see that now.


Tim_Marben  said about 4 years ago:

Well this thread was fun.

It's actually made me happy, if only we could persuade Alan McGee to fuck off in your direction the UK would be a much nicer place to live in.


sister  said about 4 years ago:

you see, I barely even know who Alan McGee is either. I missed the Everett True years entirely and as far as names go, Jerry Thackray is better. It's like something out of a Victorian novel.


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

Why do you have to make everything about Victoria sister? Judy Nunn is from queensland and Jerry Thackray could have made any of her novels.


poprocks96  said about 4 years ago:

These dudes need to let go.


sister  said about 4 years ago:

or Thea Astley, who makes a very big deal about cultural backwaters in her novels about teaching in Queensland country towns.


sister  said about 4 years ago:

Just a technical question? How does Mess and Noise know that four M&N users attended this gig? Is there a roll call funtion that I've not yet twigged.


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

If you have to ask then you're not allowed to know.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

''The limits of criticism are very quickly reached. When he has said 'in his own words' as much, or rather as little, as 'own words' can say, the critic can only refer his readers back to the original work of art; let them go an see for themselves.'' - Aldous Huxley


annehelena  said about 4 years ago:

Just a technical question? How does Mess and Noise know that four M&N users attended this gig? Is there a roll call funtion that I've not yet twigged.

There's a bit you can click that says you were there, next to the number.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

Experience the Thin Kids in their full multi-media glory here


toadphoney  said about 4 years ago:

Phil tripp has recipes on his blog and he even tells you where to buy shirts like him.


Jerry Thackray  said about 4 years ago:

Recipes? Shirts? Damn it! Eeeeeedddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!


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