LES SEXAREENOS and the DELAGATORS,opening for the DEADLY SNAKES, at the El Mocambo, June 22. Tickets: $7. Attendance: 250. Rating: NNN
For those already aware that the Delegators are from Montreal, the announcement that this was to be the group's second show ever didn't inspire any more confidence in their ability to rock out.
As moonlighting Les Sexareenos bassist Colonel Lingus sat down at the drum kit and began hacking out a choppy beat while his weedy cohorts hesitantly fumbled along, all hopes of a coherent set fizzled into a spasmodic sputter.
Luckily, the Colonel was better acquainted with strings, and his Sexareenos sidekicks -- drummer Bridge Mixture, guitarist Choyce and Farfisa femme fatale "Work With Me" Annie -- could whack out a sloppy frat-rock stomp without losing the groove. However, this being Toronto, it would take more than an extended blast of provocative rhythms to touch off spontaneous dance-floor action.
They gave it a good shot, shifting quickly from the wheel-spinning Wild Wild Wild to the mid-tempo hip-shaker Hey Sah-Lo-Ney in an attempt to find an appealing grind, yet they couldn't inspire anything but polite applause. There was simply no audience rapport.
The cool reception was clearly frustrating Bridge Mixture, who started venting between tunes. "I guess that's the sound of one hand clapping," he sneered, and later suggested, "Y'know, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is on television. Why don't you go home and watch it?" Not exactly the best way to win over a crowd. TIM PERLICH