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You Am I – Damage (41)

December 23, 2009

I once saw You Am I’s Tim Rogers in concert, sipping vodka like water. At the end of the formal set, rather inebriated, he swayed into the middle of the dance floor clutching his acoustic guitar. The crowd surrounded him, as he started singing in a soft, baby voice. I was on the mezzanine level, looking straight down on the whole bizarre scene.

All this has little to do with Damage per say (which, incidentally, isn’t as evocative a ballad as the band’s Nineties hit Heavy Heart, but is their finest song this decade), but it is one of the best things I’ve seen live all decade.

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