Scat Records had a deal once where, if you sent them a blank tape and three bucks, they'd send you back a dub of whatever the most recent Prisonshake show was that they had on tape. They gave up on the idea pretty quickly, but not before I was able to snag a live tape for my very own: May 5th, 1989 at the Phantasy Nite Club in Lakewood, Ohio (right outside of Cleveland), with the track listing hand-written onto the back of a leftover box of playing cards.
Whatever the tape might be lacking in fidelity-- it's not bad, just not from the soundboard-- it more than makes up for in entertainment value. Prisonshake was opening for Mojo Nixon that night, and some of the boobs in the audience, apparently not having any of the then-nascent Prisonshake, started calling out for the more easily-digestible headliner. The band responded to the shouts of "Mojo!!" and "Thank you, good night!!" with a slew of one-liners-- "Anyone wanna hear some Bob Seger tunes?", "I'd rather see him naked than you", "I'm making money being here, you paid 12 bucks", "Don't worry about Mojo, he ain't gonna rot", "Mojo will be out here later, he'll be doing the 'Punk Rock Girl' and 'Bitchin' Camaro' and all those hits"-- that last one flying right over the audience's heads, I'm sure.
The best part came towards the end of the set, when some school-teacherish lady began complaining to Doug Enkler about his protruding butt crack, so Doug brought her up on stage and handed her the mic. Nearly 20 years later, this scene became immortalized on YouTube when the guy who videotaped the show back in '89 for public access television posted it in 2006.
So, for all 1700 of you who searched for "Prisonshake" on YouTube and found that video, now you can hear some of the rest of what happened.
"I Am Going To Kill You"
"Bedtime Beats You Senseless"
a little friendly banter
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"
"Act Like Nothing's Wrong"
(all of these files are now listen-only)