THERE are many reasons that I love You Am I shows.
These Tim Rogers quotes – as best as I can remember them – from last night’s show are just one of them.
(after Soldiers – song number four of the night )
“Thank you, you’ve been a great audience so far (pause) so DON’T FUCK IT UP”
Prior to Baby Clothes:
“Someone was chastising me about these pants I’m wearing tonight. (a gray tweed pair of pants). Said they were ‘lairy‘ (beat). As I was leaving Berlin Chair mansion in the hills of St Kilda tonight… coming to the gig… I was thinking I miss my baby… we both work at nights so we don’t get to see each other much after dark… I was getting all nostalgic… cracked a sympathy erection *audience groans/cheers in equal measure*…. but then I started to feel a bit better, because I remembered;
I AM fucking Tim Rogers… *crowd loses its collective shit* Not some imposter playing in some fucking pub in Northcote.” *the derision oozing from his pronunciation of Northcote was, in and of itself, a thing of beauty.
Fuck the shite, inoffensive beige-cardigan, I’d-love-to-meet-your-folks banality of Adam Hills, Rove McManus and co, Someone give this man his own late-night talk show. I’ll work the complaints desk for free.
He is pure fucking genius.
More on You Am I’s stretch at Melbourne’s Forum coming later…