The agony and the Ecstasy

Not that long ago, Vernon from Birmingham, AL dropped us a line, asking me to be more generous to our early years, citing one show belittled in these pages as the one that turned him into a convert.  Sorry, Vernon, but like Paul McCartney before me, here I go again.  For the second consecutive day, we’re in Berlin–this time it’s 1989, our first time in the city, back when east and west were still divided.   We’re nearly two weeks into what will be our final tour before Stephan retires from the organization once and for all, and we’re not having a great time.  Having committed ourselves to seven weeks in Europe, we ultimately have one day off for nearly every show we do, and that’s after scaring up at least a half dozen dates during the tour.  Shigaku Presents, our English label at the time, proposes recording tonight’s show at the Ecstasy, 25 years ago today.  I can’t say we’re particularly pleased with the results; can we pretend to blame the mix rather than our performance?  Eventually, five songs appear on the Bar/None “Here Comes My Baby” cd ep .