Sled Island Report! Girl Talk? Sigh…

Photography by Me (except the dancing old folks below, photographer not known)!

Okay, so it’s July 2nd, Baby & I are ready to get our Dance On!  You know, a little bit of this…

…with a little bit of this:

i.e. we were ready to get our Girl Talk on!

The crowd wasn’t all that busy, we assumed it was because all the sets at Olympic Plaza were moved up by one hour and the schedule on the Sled Island guide was not updated.  We discovered the next day that a weekly alt.rag would have the corrected schedule, not sure why the change, but whatever, we were there, we were ready!

We had never been in a Girl Talk show and all we heard about was the party his shows were, after all, the guy just “plays” a laptop of mixed & mashed up songs, basically an elevated DJ, of all kinds of “my jams” type songs, perfect!  Baby, Chris, & I got up nice and close to the barricade.  Someone pushed play on the laptop, can’t remember if it was Greg or if it was his main dancer/toilet paper gunner pictured above.  Regardless, Greg comes out, hops on the crowd for a 5 sec crowd-surfing session, then gets back on stage and starts to do that hopping thing he does while arched over his laptops.

Next, about 20 people, a myriad of fanboys & girls, a couple awkward looking older folks, and a few douchebags, come out on stage from the back to over-dance along to the relatively slow beat. And man, they “dance”!

Pretty impressive, eh? I think the older dude in the beard pulled his sciatica. On the plus side, I did get a little video of one girl in colourful tights rocking The Hammer un-ironically while a Joey Lawrence With Hair impersonator saddles up next to Girl Talk Greg in an attempt to out-douche the entire crowd, eh?

Party looked pretty hot, right? Pretty tight?  Well… not so much, here’s the set from a different perspective…

And then, when you step back a smidgen further, you got this…

You see that space between the crowd and the “mtv party of 20” on the stage?  Might as well been a continental divide — a British Columbia / Alberta reference! — as, for the most part, it was a hundred or so people basically watching a really bad prom on 2/3rds empty stage.  It was sad & lifeless &, well, boring.  Maybe if they had took the barricade down? Maybe if the Girl Talk set up in the middle of the plaza? Maybe if they waited til it was dark? Maybe, maybe….

Oh well…

Fortunately for us, the night would be saved a few blocks away at The Distillery, but more on that later.  First, here’s a couple tunes to start your own party, eh?

Hold Up
Bounce That


10 comments for “Sled Island Report! Girl Talk? Sigh…

  1. Jen
    July 5, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Girl Talk played a free show for my university’s spring festival in front of our tower. It was PACKED with people, and even though my boyfriend & I got there early, we were sooo far back. We thought it would be intense! Instead, we were surrounded by a bunch of snobs who got mad at us for having our bikes with us (nowhere to lock up!) because they needed their “dancin’ room.” They then proceeded to light up and drop their glass pipe which shattered all over the ground around us. We left shortly after. There was also some silly group of people on stage dancing. It wasn’t as entertaining as I had hoped it would be. I’d rather crank up these tunes at my own house party.

  2. July 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    I think the schedule change, the barricade, and the daylight situation really killed the feeling. It’s a shame. Honestly, he was the last set for the day, they should’ve set him up in the middle, started the show, then let all the people sitting outside the cage fences watching in, got a packed plaza, and just danced & danced!

    I can see a packed Girl Talk show being a great night out at the club…. but not on July 2!

  3. July 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    my wiener has never been so completely flaccid as it was at this show.

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  5. July 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    ive had my fair share of girl talk experiences. girl talk 2008 at terminal 5 in nyc was possibly the highlight of my life.
    then i saw girl talk at Fairfield University in jan 09 and he played at my college on halloween this past october and both were complete shit shows. when the entire crowd is the worst kinds of college alcohol tolerance combined with inadequate security and stage strength, you can imagine how terrible an experience it can be… twice.
    at the halloween show my ribs were nearly broken against the stage, and then they over crowded the stage so they kicked everyone off, shut down the show, told everyone to “MOVE BACK” for about 30 minutes so they could set up a barricade, and then he came on again. (I was long gone by this point)

  6. JordanS
    July 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM


    I was that Joey Lawrence look alike with Hair on stage and man, Girl Talk is my hero.

    Honestly, it was hard up there, that barrier totally killed everything a Girl Talk Concert was supposed to stand for, and not to mention I had to spend almost half the time on stage trying to pump up the crowd that was swaying with the wind instead of jumping like an earthquake. Even Gregg seemed put off by the sunlight and giant gap between him and his people.

    So don’t hate that some of us were looking like fools on stage, out “douching” the crowd, just because we tried to party like a Girl Talk party, but instead looked like kids with ADD in Sunday School.

    No Hate Towards Sled Island, keep doing your thing in Calgary, god knows we need you.

  7. July 7, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Really? that was you? Oh man… I’ll give you guys some E for effort, but it was just kinda sad to watch. Oh well, show must go on and what nots!

  8. July 8, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    joey or no joey, there were no winners in that battle.

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