Evan Dando and Liv Tyler (by atynotgal)
Why have I never heard of this movie before?!
Juliana Hatfield, Howe Gelb & Evan Dando of Fruit Child Large at WUK, Vienna on June 23rd, 1991.
(photos were taken by this girl I.)
Note Dando’s Bullet Lavolta shirt that had been decorated with a duck.
I’ve decided to give this here tumblog a little personal flavor and dig through some boxes.
When I went to see Giant Giant Sand (basically Howe Gelb and a country big band) the other month, Laura sent me this excerpt of an interview with Mr. Dando:
The Bob: Howe Gelb of Giant Sand recently told me about a band you and Juliana and he toured with called Fruit Large. How did that come about?
Dando: I used to go to all their live shows - Giant Sand is always amazing live. And I met them when they contacted Juliana about doing something with them. We were all on the soundtrack to a really bad movie, ‘Matter of Degrees.’ So we did a gig in honor of the first screening. After rehearsing - we just jammed at the theater after the first showing - we were all sitting around, Howe, Juliana, Jon Convertino, and me. We all had on cool Corduroy jackets, a homey little scene, and it looked like a band to me.
We all lost our cool jackets later on the European tour. My manager got us all hundred-dollar round-trip tickets to London, and I’d just broken up with my girlfriend, so I was ready to hit the road again. It turned out to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever done, because every night we didn’t know what the hell we were doing, so we’d just start jamming in D.
Fruit Child, Large was a terrible name. We were ordering dinner one night after rehearsing, and somebody would say, “Gimme a Coke, large.” We started with Giant Lemon Babies. I wanted to call it Lemon Sandy Ana - something from every participant. But the four was really cool. No soundchecks. We were determined to just fuck off, plug in our amps, and have a good time. We’d do five Howe-songs, five my-songs. a couple of Juliana’s, and some country covers, like “How Much I Lied” bv Gram Parsons. Howe is really a big inspiration. He made me stay in music after we’d had a rough time for awhile.
and it made me think of when I went to see Fruit Child Large and bought this shirt from John Convertino.
I don’t know who drew up this shirt, it has stains and is wrinkly, and I never wore it, but yeah, here you go.
p.s. here is a Giant Sand live show archive that lists the event and even has a set list: http://www.sa-wa-ro.com/GS-Live/gs-live-1991.htm#
Evan Dando being Evan Dando in the mid-90ies on German music television