I just need to have fun on the other 7 albums

I think anyone who goes to a lot of shows harbors fantasies of a band playing one's favorite album in its entirety, from start to finish. It doesn't happen much though. Part of me hoped I'd experience it for the first time last night at Of Montreal's gig at Northsix - not only is Satanic Panic in the Attic a serious contender for my favorite album of 2004, but it's also the only Of Montreal album I'm truly familiar with. And with their discography being 8 albums strong, I wanted as much Satanic Panic as I could get.

For a while, I thought it might actually happen. After starting with an old song, they played "Disconnect the Dots," "Lysergic Bliss," "Will You Come and Fetch Me," and "My British Tour Diary" - the first four songs of Satanic Panic in order, without a pause. Frontman Kevin Barnes plays everything on the LP so I wasn't sure how the songs would work live, but the band was super tight through the many turn-on-a-dime changes. "Lysergic Bliss" was especially awesome, with all 6 of them stepping back from the mikes to do the choral breakdown before Barnes brought it back with a cowbell/keyboard groove.

Alas, they only played one other song after that stretch - "Spike the Senses" near the end - but the rest of the set was still great. Their older songs are faster and packed with much more pop craziness - relentless hooks and harmonies, and lots of changes. It can be a little exhausting on album, but the live performance softened the edges and worked well. To break things up, they also reenacted the opening scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey (the scene with the apes) in the middle of the set. Crazy. The closing cover of the Cure's "Jumping Someone Else's Train" (handclaps and everything) was not quite as crazy, but still a surprise and I was pretty psyched.

I would have liked more, but I enjoyed it all.