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The Breeders, November 22 1993, Bogart’s, Cincinnati

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When I see this stub, I think not about the concert itself but about spending the night with a man I didn’t know very well in a cheap hotel next to an adult book store off the freeway. Wait, it’s not what it sounds like.

1993 was a good year for The Breeders. They released their Last Splash album in August and had their first (er, only) radio hit with “Cannonball.” Because I was living in Columbus and The Breeders were from nearby Dayton, I’d had a couple chances to see them before this show and counted myself as a fan.

I went to this concert with a guy who was a friend of a friend. We went on to become good friends, but this was the first time we went on an excursion without our mutual friend, who couldn’t make it for some reason.

The concert was a typical Breeders show from that era. A little sloppy, a little uneven, but ultimately endearing. We had fun.

On the way back to Columbus after the show, I pulled off the freeway near Jeffersonville to get gas. Then my car wouldn’t start back up. It was after midnight, too late to be trying to get service, so we used the gas station’s pay phone to try to find a friend to come get us. The guy I was with called his roommate, but she was too drunk to come get us. Then he called our mutual friend, but he was asleep like most people would be after midnight on a Monday.

We pushed the car to a spot where we could leave it overnight, and walked to a hotel. I somehow didn’t notice until we were in the dingy hotel lobby that it was right next to a giant adult book store. So there we were, two men booking a cheap room next to an adult book store in the middle of the night on a Monday. Sigh.

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Urge Overkill, August 9 1993, Stache’s, Columbus Ohio

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I was a diehard Urge Overkill fan for several years, and this show was right in the middle of that period. To pay homage to Urge’s swizzle-stick shtick, I had a pre-show cocktail party with several friends at my apartment.

I also marked the occasion by wearing the vintage, glittery iron-on “God’s Gift to Women” t-shirt that I’d found at a thrift store a few weeks earlier. It’s one of the coolest t-shirts I’ve ever owned.

I’m pretty sure the show was sold out. At least it was very packed, as was often the case at Stache’s, the now-closed precursor to the now-closed Little Brothers. It was a hot and sweaty night there, so much so that a friend who’d tried to throw his gum away didn’t realize it had stuck to his fingers — until he put his hand on my back and got chewed gum on my “God’s Gift to Women” t-shirt.

I’m not 100% sure about the date on this because you can’t make it out on the ticket, but I’m pretty sure this show was after Saturation was released so it would be 1993. This was not the show where Urge played with Nirvana on the Nevermind tour. I didn’t make it to that one, though I did see Nirvana there on the Bleach tour.