Stephanie and I saw Lords of Acid again tonight. I'm guessing this was my sixth time, but honestly I lost count. I hate to admit it, but it just wasn't what previous shows were.
If you aren't familiar with Lords of Acid, it's a techno-ish band where all of the lyrics revolve around sex, drugs, having sex on drugs and doing drugs during sex. While I don't condone the use of drugs, the music itself is entertaining, especially the older stuff.
The show tonight had one or both of these problems: The sex thing is more cheeseball than sexy or they just didn't perform well. It's probably a combination of the two. The newer stuff just isn't as good, the driving beats have been replaced by lame non-sexy lyrics and the dance factor just isn't what it used to be.
That's where they did manage to save the show, in the old songs. I haven't heard some of them in a very long time, so many brought a smile to my face. If nothing else they made me realize I need to do a mix CD for the car, because if you took the two or three best songs from every album, you'd have a damn good disc.
I suppose one of the things that could cause you to really lose interest in a group is their inability to evolve. I mean, the reason I lost interest in Def Leppard in the early 90's was because I wasn't that interested in hearing Hysteria II, III and IV (that and Nirvana changed everything at the time, thank God). I stick with bands like Garbage because they're always bringing their shit to the next level, even if it takes a couple of years.
As usual, one of the redeeming qualities was the freaky chicks at the show, but even that wasn't what it used to be. The last KMFDM show we went to had more interesting women. Not many, what I call, "classy freaks" there. These are the girls with well-groomed but crazy hair, good piercings and expensive and unique tattoos. There were some, but not a ton.
So the next time LoA comes to town, I think they're going to need a damn good album to get us in the balcony.