LIVE: Knyghts of Fuzz w/ Tim Livingston @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/4/11

Knyghts of Fuzz: Frank Novko and Ian Carlton
Knyghts of Fuzz: Frank Novko and Ian Carlton

When Last Vestige record store owner Jim Furlong joined the Knyghts of Fuzz at one of their regular Valentine’s happy hour gigs, he busted out Dean Martin’s “Houston” and a lounge-turned-punk take on “Living Downtown” by his former band, the A.D.’s.

Local punker and Blasé DeBris guitarist Duane Beer took the Knyghts out of their garage rock zone by choosing the Misfits’ “Hollywood Babylon” and suggesting the trio cast aside their Monkees-faithful version of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” for the mondo-irreverent Sex Pistols rendition.

Last Friday, Tim Livingston of the Last Conspirators – and formerly of the Albany ‘80s punk band the Morons – became the latest local musician to curate the special guest portion of a Knyghts of Fuzz happy hour, which take place at Valentine’s on the first Friday of every other month.

His cover picks included Chuck Berry’s immortal “Around and Around,” Paul Revere & the Raiders’ 1965 hit “Just Like Me,” the fictional Max Frost & the Troopers’ “Shape of Things to Come” from ’60s exploitation flick “Wild in the Streets” and the Modern Lovers’ classic “Road Runner.”

Livingston – in Alex DeLarge black bowler and striped shirt to match the Knyghts of Fuzz – was a real live wire on stage, all jittery energy as he crawled across the floor feral style during the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and hopped about shocked-like during a riveting version of “So Electric” by his old band the Morons.

Before Livingston joined the Fuzz on stage, the trio – featuring guitarist Ian Carlton, bassist Frank Novko and drummer Brian Goodman – romped through a full set of choice garage rock covers and originals, ending with two songs the band just recorded for an upcoming split single with Bourbon Scum: “Genny” and the oh-so-rippin’ Fleshtones homage, “Fleshtones Saved My Life.”

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

NOTE: Tim Livingston returns to Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Sunday evening, this time leading his own band, the Last Conspirators, in the support slot for Shonen Knife. Showtime is 7pm and advance tix are $14.

Get Me to the World on Time
Tiger Girl
The Hump
Is It True
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
99th Floor
He’s Waiting
Here I Am, Try Me
I’m Cryin
Surfin’ Hearse
3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
Come On
Gonna Search
Do You Feel Alright
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Poor Boy
I’m Not Talking
Hide and Go Seek
Don’t Blow Your Mind
Hey Sha Lo Ney
What a Girl Can’t Do
Party Lights
Never Grew Up
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Go
Fleshtones Saved My Life
Around and Around
Just Like Me
Shape of Things to Come
I Wanna Be Your Dog
So Electric

Brian Goodman  and Tim Livingston
Brian Goodman and Tim Livingston
1 Comment
  1. Christopher Hanley says

    I was there. This is one of my favorite local bands. Great guys and fantastic musicians.

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