It’s interesting when you see a band play their song live and they play it slightly differently and, you think:
‘Huh, I like this less’.
I get it a lot with the Pixies.
Maybe I’m just an idiot. I think if I was always seeing bands I loved live then I’d be fine and enjoy them changing the music, but as it is I think I just get annoyed that I can’t sing along properly and just feel that they are stealing from me the collective expression I was hoping for. The bastards.
Sometimes though it can totally work. Lots of bands promote their shows now (often to students with all that college advertisement stuff) specifically as being ‘different every night’ and ‘completely unique’ and stuff, but lots of people also love to see bands playing albums in there entirety, there’s clearly appetite both ways…