Subject: The Nudes at Bottom Line, NYC, 8/10/96
The Nudes are breaking into the big time these days, with their first appearance
at The Bottom Line in New York, last night. In a double bill with singer/songwriter
Happy Rhodes, they shared two shows as the warm-up act, and delighted the audience
with their passion, musicality and humor. Even though they were not promised an
encore for the first show, the audience had none of that and insisted on a repeat
appearance before letting the crew prepare for the Rhodes set. They responded with
a deliciously tongue-in-cheek rendition of their "Hot Club of Paris" tribute,
"Early in the Morning" complete with Walter in full Belmondo accent.
This duo has been on the road for 3 years now, evident from the polish with which
Stephanie filled space as Walter replaced a string broken while traveling
from one guitar tuning to another. Their complicated and accomplished arrangements
of tunes with both rhythmic power and nuanced subtlety were performed with
confidence and panache, and proved a true pleasure in every way.
If this gig doesn't prove that The Nudes are ready for prime time, nothing does.
-- Dan Krimm